The Subdudes Mix Gumbo 'Behind the Levee'

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Set List

  • "Social Aid and Pleasure Club"
  • "Papa Dukie and the Mud People"
  • "Let's Play"
  • "All the Time in the World"

When the Subdudes got back together in 2002, fans of their musical gumbo rejoiced. Four years later, the band is running strong with a style of roots-rock that is made to be played live. Their latest CD was produced by Keb Mo.

The Subdudes

The Subdudes hide caption

toggle caption

An homage to old New Orleans — the band first played there in 1987 — Behind the Levee relies on guitar, accordion and tambourine to back up the well-shaped harmonies of singer Tommy Malone and his fellow singers.

With elements of bluegrass and zydeco accenting a time-tested approach to rock, the band — Malone, John Magnie, Steve Amedée, Tim Cook and Jimmy Messa — bridge the gap between their roots, which extend from New Orleans to Denver and beyond.

Related NPR Stories

Web Resources



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor