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Swampwater: Country Rock on King

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]

Swampwater 45aSwampwater 45b

John Beland (a.k.a., Bill Murphy) posted the following piece on


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