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Blue Moon Marquee – “Big Black Mamba” video

Blue Moon Marquee is a self-described “Gypsy blues band” that writes and performs original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music, and you can hear all of it in this track, “Big Black Mamba,” the video for which we are super thrilled to premiere here on Roots Music Canada.

This isn’t just any video, in fact.  It’s a short film made with the legendary Keith Picot.

“The song was inspired by the Lakota legend of the black snake that will run through the ground and poison our waters,” the band explained. “It was filmed on the coast of the Salish Sea in B.C. starring an Indigenous cast along with local artists and actors. It deals with decades of corruption regarding environmental and human rights issues by big oil, the RCMP, the government and the church. We are so proud of this powerful piece of work.”

At the core of Blue Moon Marquee are A.W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette, who perform primarily as a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band.

They were nominated for a 2016 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist and were the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada.

Their songs have a heavy dose of atmosphere and texture with a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings.

We’re loving the sound of this track, which comes from their 2019 album, Bare Knuckles and Brawn.  We think you will too!

 

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1 comment

  1. avatar
    John Gogo 20 April, 2020 at 16:25

    Whoa, who’s the actor who played the country doctor?! He almost stole the show! Ha ha it was fun and an honour to work on this great project. Best wishes, John

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