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.