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New Music From Cherry Poppin’ Daddies


One of your PopCulteer’s favorite bands has a new CD due out in June, and there are already a couple of singles available! The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, whose lone 2018 performance East of the Mississippi got rained out last year when the Live On The Levee folks decided not to move the show to the Municipal Auditorium, are set to release their eleventh album, “Bigger Life,” and it’s a return to their original form, mixing different styles like Ska, Swing, Punk and Funk across the different tunes on the CD.

Had they been able to perform in Charleston last summer, I’m sure we would have been treated to previews of some of these songs. While the CPD are primarily known as a Swing Revival band, the truth is that they simply sprinkled two or four Swing numbers across each of their first three albums. In 1997 those Swing tunes were compiled into “Zoot Suit Riot,” which thrust them into the Swing Revival spotlight alongside acts like The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Royal Crown Revue.

When the band reverted to their original form for “Soul Caddy,” their Swing fans were confused, and eventually the band took a brief hiatus, returning with a string of great CDs, and winding up with a couple of recent albums dedicated to Swing (and one hilarious take on old school country). Now the band is punching out of the pigeonhole again with their genre-defying new release.

You can check out the first single, the punky/funky “Gym Rat,” right here (this may not be safe for work, depending on where you work)…

That’s not all! You can see the video for the second single, the half Swing/half Swagger “Diesel Punx” right here (the same warnings apply)…

You can download the singles now by clicking on the links in their titles above. “Bigger Life” by The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies is due out June 14. You can pre-order it now in a variety of formats.