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Billy C Farlow Tours in Europe to Promote "Alabama Swamp Stomp"

Posted: Jun 22, 2011

Blues harmonica player and songwriter Billy C Farlow left last week for a month tour of France and surrounding countries to promote his new album Alabama Swamp Stomp, recorded in conjunction with the French band Mercy on Cross Cut Records. Mercy band features Jean-Paul Avellaneda on vocals, dobro, and lead guitar; Bruno Quinonero on bass and backing vocals; and  J. P.'s talented son, internationally known drummer Stephane Avellaneda, on drums, cajon, percussion, backing vocals . When Stephane is not touring the world with his amazing drums, he plays with Mercy.

Here are the next performance dates in Europe for Billy C Farlow and Mercy:
23-06 INGOLSTADT festival, Germany
24-06 CRUIS Fête de la musique.
25-06 Presqu'ile Blues Festival, Ambialet 81
01-07 CABANNES Blues, Festival sud regards

The album Alabama Swamp Stomp will soon be available on the Cross Cut Records website.The official release date for the album is August of this year.  Alabama Swamp Stomp is made up exclusively of original compositions by Billy C Farlow. Cuts include Snake Eyes, Runnin' From The Fire, Magnolia Darlin',  Drive Me Like A Mule,  Good Rockin' Mama, Tennessee Saturday Night,  My Name Is Trouble, What Have I Done?, Juke Joint Friday Night,  Alligator Crawl,  Yella Pocahontas, Black Lazarus, Jenny's Comin' Home, and Wild About You (Je Suis Fou De Vous).  This album is as good as it gets.

The following item  is from the May issue of Southern Living magazine---"Look for these names!  If you see any of the following Alabamians listed in the lineup for a festival or club, go. (Apologies to any blues players we've inadvertently left out.) Adolphus Bell, Tim Boykin, John Bull, Dr. Burt, Clarence Carter, "Birmingham" George Conner, Clarence,"Bluesman" Davis, Gary Edmonds, Rachel Edwards, Billy C. Farlow, Glen and Libba, Russell Gulley, DieDra Hurdle, Ace Jones, Sonny Boy King, Sam Lay, Chuck Leavell, Little Lee, Little Sonny, Jerry "Boogie" McCain, Microwave Dave & the Nukes, B.j. Miller, Lisa Mills, Erin Mitchell, B.J. Reed, Lil' jimmy Reed, Keith Ruff, Elnora Spencer, Carroline Shines, 2BLU and the Lucky Stiffs, and Jody Williams." And I would add Alabama blues woman and my friend, Debbie Bond.

This is the Year of Alabama Music, and Alabama musicians are making themselves heard all over the world.

---Penne J. Laubenthal


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