It's hard to believe Swamperella singer Soozi Schlanger is a latecomer to Cajun music. The Toronto native discovered her passion at middle age, but sings the genre like she's got gumbo in her blood.
On their third effort, the Gladstone Hotel fixtures keep it party-centric with the jiggy waltz of Bayou Pon and the quick-stepping Zydeco boogie of Chère Ici, Chère Là Bas, where accordionist Peter Jellard takes over energetically on vocals.
However, at 16 songs, On The Line inevitably becomes background music - somewhere after song 11, a plaintive instrumental ode to the Katrina tragedy.
Swamperella tear up the Gladstone November 17.