To a New Orleanian, there is no truer sign that spring is on its way than the release of the highly anticipated Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the New Orleans Jazz Fest has managed, once again, to compile a list of the best funky local talent as well as national legends. Here at Clandestine, we will be getting psyched for festival season by featuring different artists every week. First up, is local favorite and Jazz Fest veteran, Honey Island Swamp Band.Seven years young, the Honey Island Swamp Band has released three full-length albums, one EP, and has won several local awards including “Best Roots Rock Artist” and “Best Roots Rock Album.” The band got together when Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mule’ (electric guitar, vocals) found themselves in post-Katrina San Francisco at a roots music loving bar. Perhaps luck or a little New Orleans voodoo guided them to a chance encounter with Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals). The foursome, who knew each other from the New Orleans music scene, decided to put a band together in San Francisco while they waited to hear what would be the fate of their former home. As fate would have it, the band returned to their New Orleans roots in 2007 and continued to play as a group (lucky for us!).Soulful funk, country rock, sweet and swampy are just a few of the adjectives that have been paired with this band. As a true representation of New Orleans uniqueness, Honey Island Swamp Band has self-invented their own description- “Bayou Americana.” Clandestine New Orleans is honored to share neighborhoods with this group and we can’t wait to hear more from them.Honey Island Swamp Band will play on Friday, April 25, 2014 at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, time TBA. However, if you can’t wait that long, hear them at the Maple Leaf on 1/29/14 and 2/05/14 or at the Howlin’ Wolf on 2/13/14. We’ll see you there! Honey Island Swamp Band]]