By Barry Gilbert
Of the Post-Dispatch


February 3, 2005

C.C. Adcock
"Lafayette Marquis"
Yep Roc Records

It took Louisiana guitarist C.C. Adcock so long to make his second CD that his first, 1994's gritty "C.C. Adcock," was reissued as "House Rocker" four years before "Lafayette Marquis" made its appearance late last year. At least it was worth the wait.

The surprising thing is that the CD sounds so cohesive, given that it was recorded in fits and starts over 10 years with a variety of producers, engineers and musicians. Meanwhile, Adcock kept performing, solo and with his New Orleans supergroup Little Band O' Gold.

Adcock, 33, who has played with Bo Diddley and Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural, brings the great beats and danceable rhythms of his former bosses to his own music, producing a gumbo of blues and rock and zydeco that is swampy, sweaty and, oh, so greasy.

Here's an idea of what to expect, from Adcock's notes to "Loaded Gun" on the Yep Roc Web site:

"The guitar solo sounds like how I would imagine a score to a cock-fighting scene. This raw rocker sounds particularly good blastin' out of a primer gray Camaro with a shot-gun spray pattern rusted into the passenger side panel."

Cajun blues meet garage rock on the CD's only cover, "I Love You"; traditional fiddles propel the story of a slave in the acoustic "Runaway Life"; Cajun soul meets country on "Between the Lies"; an echo of the bass and rhythm guitar riff from "Heard It Through the Grapevine" supports "Slangshotz N'Boom-R-Angs"; "Stealin' All Day" exalts the rock 'n' roll life; and the spirit of Tony Joe White watches over "Love 'n Gold."