Artist Of The Day: Swamp Dogg

posted by Shane German on 03/05/2020

One of the most elusive and obscure—while at the same time iconic and influential—singers of popular music, Swamp Dogg has persevered for over five decades as an entertainer in various capacities.

Since his transformation in the late 1960s from Jerry Williams to Swamp Dogg, he has incorporated his sense of humor into his music, especially in songs like “Total Destruction to Your Mind” from his classic first album.

With his strange lyrics and oft-times absurd subject matter, Swamp Dogg never gained mainstream attention via his own music. He has, however, had more than a modicum of success as a producer and songwriter, spanning the R&B, rock and country genres. He has worked with artists like Johnny Paycheck, Gene Pitney and Arthur Conley throughout his career.

Raunchy, satirical, political, and profane, Swamp Dogg is one of the great cult figures of American music.

Swamp Dogg fits in no tidy category. In sheer musical terms, most of Swamp Dogg's work is pure Southern soul.

He has seen a pop culture resurgance as of late with his 2018 effort "Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune" which was featured in the High Fidelity series.

His 2020 album "Sorry You Couldn't Make It" sees Swamp Dogg returning to his soulful southern roots with guest spots by John Prine, Jenny Lewis, and Justin Vernon.

"Sorry You Couldn't Make It" was recently added to the WYCE Music Library.


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