Bobby Charles (1938-2010) was early rock’s ragin’ Cajun, a white Louisiana cat who wrote and sang with down-home R&B vigor. By the early Seventies, Charles – the author of “See You Later Alligator” and the Fats Domino hit “Walkin’ to New Orleans” – was in Woodstock cutting this simple diamond of swampy drawl and country-hippie soul with Dr. John and most of the Band. Songs like “Small Town Talk” and “Street People” have the unhurried swing of a hammock on a bayou porch. The 10-track ’72 album is blown up to three discs in this reissue, so you also get an LP’s worth of 1974 sessions that were just as fine yet strangely abandoned.
Listen to “Small Town Talk”: