Analogue Productions – APO 2026 – 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue – Mastered By Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings – Limited Edition
Swamp pop pioneer and Louisiana legend Warren Storm returns – Louisiana and Texas’ Music Hall of Fame inductee
Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from analog tape recording -Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Old-style heavyweight tip-on gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing
Warren “Storm” Schexnider is a Louisiana legend. At age 82 when this album was recorded, he’s been creating music for more than 70 years — a milestone that’s dubbed him the “Godfather of Swamp Pop” for his fealty to the indigenous music of the Acadiana region of south Louisiana and southeast Texas. Created in the 1950s and early 1960s by teenage Cajuns, swamp pop combines New Orleans-style rhythm and blues, country and western, and traditional French Louisiana musical influences.
Warren throughout his career has recorded on innumerable records, both on his own as a vocalist/musician, and as a studio musician on other albums. He continues to blaze a path for younger musicians, which is why one could say the universe had a plan that resulted in the album Taking the World, by Storm, new from APO Records. Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, Louisiana in March 2019, the album was produced by Yvette Landry and executive producer Chad Kassem. Mastering was by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound in Nashville.
Warren Storm grew up in a Cajun household (he spoke only French until the third grade!) surrounded by music. His father, an Abbeville, Louisiana native, was a drummer, fiddler, and accordian player who indoctrinated his then 12-year-old son Warren into the biz with an impromptu Rayne-Bo Ramblers gig. By age 15, Warren was playing drums with Larry Brasso’s Rhythm-aires. Throughout his adolescence Warren played with various dance hall bands, including with Fats Domino’s drummer Charlie “Hungry” Williams. Warren became known as the top session drummer in the area; then just after graduation from Abbeville High School, Warren signed a recording contract. His first record, a 7-inch released in 1958, containing “The Prisoner’s Song,” b/w “Mama, Mama, Mama” sold a quarter of a million copies. His subsequent hits “So Long, So Long, (Goodbye, Goodbye),” “Birmingham Bar,” “Lord, I Need Somebody Bad Tonight,” “Things Have Gone To Pieces” and more led to Warren’s induction into both Louisiana and Texas’ Music Hall of Fame.
Warren Storm is a legend in Louisiana music, a swamp pop pioneer. As Yvette says, “He is a master who sings with excitement (like it was his first time) and reverence (like it is his last time).” Enjoy this musical gem and tribute to the swamp pop genre.