Houston's Third Ward Blues
As this recording demonstrates, he can sing too—and not just in English but also in the Creole French dialect that is his birthright. Mixing original compositions with interpretations from the wide-ranging repertoire he first mastered years ago working in various bands (including those of the aforementioned King and Chenier), Doucet is a living embodiment of some of the key permutations of classic blues from Texas and the upper Gulf Coast.
With superb supporting highlights provided by the versatile septuagenarian Earl Gilliam on keyboards, and the soulful O.S. Grant (Gilliam's former band-mate) on saxophone, Doucet's debut disc evokes a vintage sound. Its artful rawness is grounded in part in the electric blues heritage of inner-city Houston (where Doucet has lived since 1962) and in part in the zydeco, swamp pop, and solo acoustic traditions of rural southwest Louisiana (where he was born in 1942).
Like some anonymous passer-by on a Third Ward street, the music of Joe Doucet could easily have remained an unknown. The fact that we now have it here to enjoy, preserved on this disc, is a special treat indeed."
—Roger Wood, Author of Down In Houston: Bayou City Blues (University of Texas Press)
Recorded at: Sugar Hill Studio. Recording Engineered by: Josh Applebee; Mastered and Mixed at: Sounds Outrageous, Lars Goransson; Produced by: Eddie Stout; Graphic Design: Den Zelig; Photos: Keely Stout; Guitar/ Vocals: Joe Doucet; Organ/ Piano: Earl Gilliam; Sax: O.S. Grant; Drums: Jackie Gray; Bass: Fred Arceneaux