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While Earle may be the big-name draw, those in the know are most excited about Swamp Dogg, about whom Rolling Stone once wrote, “He sings like some unfrozen Atlantic soul man of the ’60s—his voice clarion pure, his phrasing a model of smoldering restraint.”

Oh, and he’s also a real character.

“I’m gonna stand on my head and whistle Dixie out my ass,” Swamp Dogg, born Jerry Williams, Jr., tells Flagpole of his plans for his engagement at the 40 Watt. In fairness, he isbeing provoked. A man with a reputation for one of the foulest mouths in show business—Spin magazine recently claimed that his favorite word is “motherfucker”—Swamp has to be prodded over the phone to let loose his more profane side. (“I was trying to behave myself, since I was talking to a lady,” he explains.)

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