Known for his stunning voice, in the mid-1960s the Jonesville, Louisiana native found himself racing up the Billboard charts, appearing on Dick Clark’s television shows, and performing all over the US and UK on package tours with everyone from Otis Redding to The Yardbirds. In that moment, his music introduced the rest of the world to the joys as well as the drama that unfolded nightly in the Louisiana dance halls that he called home. Ever since, Tommy McLain’s records have circulated through the hands of music historians, critics, artists and enthusiasts as solid gold touchstones of “swamp pop”.
In 2018, Tommy shared with his protege and producer C.C. Adcock, a new batch of original songs that he has (quietly) crafted over the last several years. Remarkably, these songs are the most powerful and deeply moving of his repertoire to date. Now Adcock (also Tommy’s bandmate in the South Louisiana supergroup Lil’ Band O’ Gold) has produced the record that will make the world catch up to Tommy McLain once again.
At 79 years of age, Tommy McLain is possibly the last great artist from the pioneer rock n' roll generation left to be rediscovered. His many talents and stage charisma remain completely intact and untarnished after a lifetime spent on bandstands back along the bayous of his home. His story unlocks the history of swamp pop and is a mainline into what is unique about Louisiana music.
"Never mind the "Cajun Rod Stewart" - which hugely flatters one of those singers and it ain't Tommy - he might be the "South Louisiana Solomon"" - Elvis Costello