Cabildo Congo Mombo

August 8, 2010

In the last of its cocktail-and-conversation series, the Louisiana State Museum will sponsor a conversation with swamp-pop guitarist Gabriel Perrodin, better known as Guitar Gable, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Cabildo in New Orleans’ Jackson Square. Admission is free, as are drinks.

Born into a Creole family in Lafayette in 1937, Gable was playing in a band by the time he was 16. According to the Ponderosa Stomp web site:

Gable’s echo-drenched six-string licks define the exotic Crowley studio sound that producer J.D. Miller perfected during the ’50s. Picking his Telecaster with an advanced-yet edgy feel, and with the help of the amazing Clarence “Jockey” Etienne on drums, Gable came up with a string of Caribbean-laced instrumentals like “Congo Mombo,” “Guitar Rhumbo” and—perhaps the rarest and greatest of all of them—”Gumbo Mambo,” that are as much a part of South Louisiana’s rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere as the songs of Fats Domino and Bobby Charles.

Gable’s band, the Musical Kings, has played on an off since the 1950s. Says the Stomp web site: “Their inherently raw, visceral approach is as close to what this music sounded like when it was invented as anyone will ever hear live in the new millennium.”

On the Stomp’s web site, you can hear Guitar Gable play Congo Mombo.

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