Examining Music From The Bayou and Beyond
Over the past few years a new genre of music has emerged. Call it Swamp Rock, Country Rock, Hick Hop or Alt Bluegrass, this style of music combines different rhythms with traditional bluegrass and country instruments. CSS Music has created a number of these styled tracks--if you’re producing an outdoor or male-centric show or just want to add ear candy to perk up a scene, you might find this music is exactly what you’re after!
You may wonder why we don’t group this style into a County sub category. After all, aren’t the instruments in Swamp music extensively used in Country? Yes and no. We view Country—no matter what the subcategory—to be more melodic, evoke emotion and generally develop thematically throughout the track. Swamp on the other hand, is just there for groove. It’s more attitude than music.
If you go to the CSS Music Hand Picked Genres on our homepage and select Rock (Swamp-Southern Edge-Rural Rebellion) you’ll be treated to 123 of these specialty tracks from our library. Notice that the first track, “Swampbilly”(Super Themes 71) melds a country rock guitar lick with an electronic hip hop groove. Can you picture a couple good ol’ boys trying to get their 4-wheeler out of the mud? Very atmospheric.
A track like “Wild, Wild Hick Hop” (Project Platinum 14) uses a swampy funk groove overlaid with licks from a blues harp, banjo, dobro and pedal steel. It’s the type of track that perfectly underscores a “work” or “goofing around” scene.
The genre of Swamp actually borrows from many iconic styles like hip hop, blues and funk. And the vibe is something all its own. Audition a few of these CSS Music Southern flavored tracks and imagine them in your next show. Til then, happy producin’ y’all!