Alastair Greene Releases brand new acoustic single “Bayou Mile” from his album, The New World Blues out on Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records and produced by Benoit.
“Bayou Mile” is beautiful, especially in stripped acoustic fashion with just Alastair’s soulful, rich vocal and acoustic guitar. Known for outstanding guitar chops, Alastair’s New World Blues dropped October 2020 and hit #3 and #6 on the Billboard Blues Chart, climbing major radio charts and getting heavy airplay on Sirius/SM’s ‘Bluesville.’
Greene had traveled to Houma, Louisiana to record with Grammy-nominated Tab Benoit, who produced, played drums and sang harmonies on this record, along with bass player Corey Duplechin. The diverse, thoughtfully penned songs are all Greene originals, with a few co-written with Benoit. The 11 songs cover a lot of ground, tying together Greene’s varied influences into his deeply rooted playing, singing and songwriting. The songs are stylistically diverse, but they all capture the feel of the Cajun environment, paired with a rock-solid Louisiana rhythm section.
Alastair says, “Bayou Mile’ was one of 2 songs that I wrote with Tab Benoit during the recording sessions for The New World Blues. Tab had already worked with me on arranging and re-writing a couple of the tunes I brought with me so I already trusted his instincts and direction. Tab lives by a bayou outside of New Orleans in Houma, Louisiana. One day before we started working I took a walk around his neighborhood and some lyrics started forming in my head. I had just come off of a long U.S. tour and had been stranded at JFK airport for the night trying to get to New Orleans. So I started with that lyrically.
When I got back to the studio I started messing around on Tab’s acoustic guitar. When Tab came to the studio to begin work that day I started showing him the song and told him I needed help with the lyrics. He came up with so many amazing lines that really painted a glorious picture. Only someone that grew up in the bayou could come up with lyrics such as “So lay me down in the sugar cane, and wash over me like a summer rain.” So good! This song has become what is probably my favorite song on the album and definitely my favorite song that I’ve ever co-written with anyone. This song started on acoustic guitars so it makes sense and means a lot to me to release an acoustic version of it.”
Download/Stream “Bayou Mile (Acoustic Version)
An in-demand guitarist and vocalist, Alastair Greene traveled the world, touring with the Alan Parsons Live Project from 2010-2017, as well as with Starship feat Mickey Thomas, and most recently with Blues Music Award winner Sugaray Rayford. In 2019, Greene signed with Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records. With Benoit on drums, and Corey Duplechin on bass, the three formed a class power trio, recording nearly the entire album live in the studio.
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