Photo Credit: T. Cody Strubel

Swamp ‘Don’t Say Goodbye EP’ Review

This is the first time that I’ve heard the music of Swamp Dixon, and I am now an instant fan, a convert to the Blues and Soul experience that is so vividly performed here.

The fact that these songs needed to be written and have to be heard shows how badly change is still needed. Incredible songs like these come along with each new generation. Some of the most profound to me include Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come (1964)”, Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (1971)”, Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song (1981)”, The Roots, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (2012)” The 3rd track on this EP, “Riot” will join my personal list of the best songs that address the issues of today.

The Don’t Say Goodbye EP is a five track expression of social change, right & wrong and the gray area in between. From the gritty, driving beat of “Don’t Say Goodbye” to the powerful image of despair in “Devil’s on the Loose”, this EP takes you on a timeless journey through the battlefields of injustice.

Swamp says it best in the lyrics of “Get Gone”, “No matter what you do, you’re gonna hear the truth”. He lays the truth on us, and it can be felt in every profound lyric, thundering riff and beautiful melody.

Give this EP a listen. You just might feel something unexpectedly powerful.

About T.M. Strubel

Deep in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, you’ll find this guy, rocking out at his favorite campground. When not hosting a game of trivia at the famous “Cow Palace,” you’ll find him riding the nature trails in his custom golf cart, listening to music as diverse as Aerosmith, Cream and Pink Floyd, to Jane’s Addiction and Lenny Kravitz. It’s true, he probably shouldn’t be driving so fast with Parkinson’s Disease, but don’t tell him that. He’s been moving and shaking (get it??) to his own beat ever since he snuck out at age 15 to see George Thorogood & The Destroyers. So...if you find yourself lost in the woods some cold night, and hear the mournful sounds of “Folsom Prison Blues” echoing through the trees, make your way to the source. You’ll find a roaring campfire beside a gazebo. Pull up a camp stool and sit next to the guy with the cane. You’ll soon realize that’s not Johnny Cash he’s playing. That would be “Small Town Titans”, and he’d love to tell you about them! Stay awhile. Let’s talk music...

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