Instrumental prowess showcases original material based in bluegrass, swing, & swampy blues. From haunting to barn-burning, the show features Lou’s incredible dobro and slide talents plus a band of players that can go there with him. Lou is a 30+ year veteran of the bluegrass stage, having toured with such nationally known acts as James Monroe & the Midnight Ramblers and Blue Moon Rising. Wamp’s band of hot pickers also includes Brad Frazier on lead vocals and guitar, Jim Pankey on banjo, fiddler Owen Saunders, who’s played with such bluegrass stalwarts as Doyle Lawson and David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, 3-time National Flatpicking Champion Roy Curry on lead guitar, and Lynn Wamp rockin’ the bass. It’s a slightly dyslexic look at Fantastic Bluegrass. And if it’s true “there’s no money above the fourth fret” then these guys are bound for the poorhouse, but it’ll be a wild ride!
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“Lou Wamp’s tremendously entertaining western swing band, Swing Shift, is a treasure. Don Hopkins on lead vocals is the real deal.” ~Bruce Kaplan, Barking Legs Theatre, Chattanooga, TN
Lou Wamp has assembled an array of talented pickers and singers to augment his virtuosic slide guitar playing resulting in the formation of Swing Shift, a group that goes from western swing to Americana & jazz to new acoustic sounds with adept precision and renditions that will have you tapping your toes to outright up and dancing. An infectious sound that crowds can’t seem to get enough of harkens back to the Texas tearooms and dance halls of the ’40s, yet remains forever fresh and new. You’ll hear some western swing classics, a jazz standard or two, and original tunes by Don Hopkins and Lou Wamp, backed up by the swingin’-est rhythm section this side of the Rio Grande, Chris Hopkins on guitar and Lynn Wamp on bass. There is something for everyone here, and everyone goes away smiling with a song stuck in their head!
THE VON WAMPS
“The VonWamps have a bright future.”~Robert Posey, Chattanooga Music Critic
Lou, Lynn, and Daniel Wamp hit the stage as a family that plays together, but don’t expect “Do Re Mi” or “Edelweiss”. This trio rocks, swings, and grooves on guitar, mandolin, dobro, and bass, crossing genres and generations with an eclectic and high-spirited mix of covers and original music to which they add their signature acoustic flair. They have played festivals and venues in Chattanooga and the southeast since 2012.