The Cowsills In Magazines

Weird Covers, Slidin’ Things & Other French Quarter Fest Delights
May 2013
Offbeat Magazine

After a weekend of stage-hopping at the French Quarter Fest, a few quick shots and impressions:

I wasn’t familiar with Bag of Donuts’ brand of insanity so I’ll just say that of all the bands I’ve ever seen in KISS makeup doing frat-funk covers of the Stray Cats’ “Rock This Town,” they were by far the best. I’ll give them a few points for playing “Iko Iko”—of course one of the most covered songs in New Orleans history—and saying “Thanks, that was an original!”

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Susan Cowsill seems fated to go onstage after rainstorms, her old band the Continental Drifters invariably seemed to get Jazz Fest slots right after downpours. So her late-afternoon set on Thursday was a perfect place to revive the old Cowsills hit “The Rain, The Park & Other Things,” where the line “Suddenly the sun broke through” picked up a few cheers. Seems that Cowsill is embracing her ‘60s sunshine roots a little more lately, as her set included lovely takes on the Troggs’ “Love Is All Around” and Tommy James’ “Draggin’ the Line.”

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