Here’s a tuneful country rocker from 1970 that sure sounds like a radio hit:
“Louisiana Woman” Swampwater 1970
John Beland: Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Gib Guilbeau: Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Thad Maxwell: Bass, Vocals
Stan Pratt: Drums
Roger Jannotta: Strings
John Wagner: Producer
And yet this rather obscure debut album* from Linda Ronstadt’s backing band was released by none other than King Records — with notable rock artist, Cal Schenkel, responsible for the distinctive (for King) cover photography [*reissued in South Korea & Japan in 2019].
King issued two singles from Swampwater‘s debut album, and one of them reached #72 on the country chart (according to this 45Cat contributer).
“These guys are real good, but I hope nobody buys their album ’cause if they get to be famous, I won’t have a backup group.” — Linda Maria Ronstadt [album jacket]
John Beland (a.k.a., Bill Murphy) posted the following piece on Amazon.com: