Jerry Giddens
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Jerry Giddens

New Orleans, LA | Established. Jan 01, 1980 | INDIE

New Orleans, LA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1980
Duo Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Record Review"

Jerry Giddens' music has always leaned
heavily on sense of place. His work with walking Wounded and as a solo artist gives us a new-found sensitivity to the continued, simmering dream that is the
American West . . . . - The Washington Post

"Gaucho Gil - The Ballad of Gaucho Gil"

Gaucho Gil is a bit of a mystery, until you see that Jerry Giddens is the vocalist and the album was produced by Dusty Wakeman. Both are longtime L.A. roots kingpins, Giddens with his band Walking Wounded and Wakeman as part of Dwight Yoakam's early and extremely successful team. For this group, Giddens rounded up players like Chris Lawrence (pedal steel), Luis Riuz (bass), Dale Daniels (drums), nd Michael Packard (electric guitar) and together wrote ten songs that define California and all it's different colors about as well as anyone working today. Starting with "Santa Cruz," the collection cuts to the heart of dreamers and drifters calling the Golden State home, and by the end, the sweeping title song, The Ballad Of Gaucho Gil seems like it could actually be a dramatic play disguised as an album. Bravo. - Studio City Sun

"Gaucho Gil - The Ballad Of Gaucho Gil"

This is some of the best Tex-Mex I've heard in years, maybe since two previous L.A. bands, Rank And File and Long Ryders, put spunk in country punk. Like the Kinman brothers who formed R&F in Austin after their West Coast Dils days before returning home, Jerry Giddens formerly hailed from Austin (and Louisiana) before heading
West. And he took some of the dusty plains with him. This is good Johnny Cash outlaw stuff-fitting for a group named after a 19th Century Argentine folk saint/gaucho whose legend is nicely recounted on the title - complete with motorcycle-sputter twang-guitars and "git 'em up" cowpoke rhythms a la "Rawhide" and "Ghost Riders In The Sky." Giddens and primary vocal helper Michael Packard handle every style, with all the lap steel one can want. - The Big Takeover

"Night Lights by Jim Beal"

Those of you who have read this space regularly know singer/songwriter Jerry Giddens ranks high on my must-see/must-hear list because he can drive home serious, sensible, original words while making even an audience that doesn't agree with him or his songs laugh and join the party. - San Antonio Express News

"previous praise"

"The band can music as wonderful as the sound of a locomotive off in a distant saguaro plain. They can also clobber a barstool over the head of a lout." The Alternative Press

"Giddens, one of the best honest songwriters working today, and his band are busy stomping all over the line that separates alternative from the mainstream" San Antonio Express-News

". . . This same sense of Western landscapes and personal struggle informs the music as much as the lyrics, creating an outsized sense of desire and heartache with honky-tonk touches adding some lyricism to the rock and roll. This album ("The Devil's Front Door") is one of the welcome surprises of the year." Washington Post

"Singer/Songwriter Jerry Giddens seems to be something of a folkie in another element. His words reflect the human conditions and plights so many people face in the streets today. His voice of expression is a voice that takes up every corner of the room." Dallas Observer

"Giddens and his band spin out the tales with the passion of a Pentecostal preacher backed by some of Satan's finest session players." The Rocky Mountain News - misc

"Reviews for Jerry Giddens and Killeen Foundry's "Damn It Abby!""


Jerry Giddens & Killeen Foundry, Damn It Abby! From Los Angeles to New Orleans lies the tale of Jerry Giddens. He was a prime mover on the West Coast in the early '80s, hammering out a durable rock identity in the rough and tumble L.A. clubs. But enough became enough and off to Louisiana he went, becoming a college professor and digging into the Crescent City. He continued to record albums and perform live, and today sounds like he's put all the pieces of the whole puzzle together. Maybe it just takes a decade or so to hit center, but Giddens has now found it.
Starting the album with Jelly Roll Morton's "Pretty Baby" sets the course just fine. From there it's a careening ride uptown, downtown and all around town. Jerry Giddens has an explorer's sense of sound, able to bring forth the silence of the French Quarter at dawn, Audubon Park at dusk and the Bywater at high noon. He's got a reporter's eye and a poet's ear, and right now no one is tapped into the source way down yonder quite like Giddens. Doubters are directed to the rawness of "St. James Infirmary," which is like a short reflection on Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Today's pioneering comeback ethos in New Orleans is written all over this album's songs. It might still be a work in progress, but forward remains the word of choice. Sure 'nuff. Bill Bentley – “Bentley’s Bandstand” The Morton Report

Lovely new music from Louisiana singer/songwriter Jerry Giddens, who has also recorded with Walking Wounded and as a solo act. "New Orleans 1919" starts as a tender blend of acoustic guitar and Giddens' nearly whispered vocals, before morphing into a slightly discordant musical séance. "When the Weather Breaks" offers the wistful daydream of a bachelor farmer, while "Acadiana Farewell" concludes the EP with a mournful fiddle accompanying a Bayou waltz. Worldey

Having moved from jangle rock to political screeds to punk folk and then, well, to New Orleans, Jerry Giddens arrived at this Killeen Foundry collaboration boasting well-traveled boots and a full heart. A literary musician with a resonant bellow, he’d lived in L.A., and in Austin, then — upon securing a Ph.D — returned to his home state as a teacher. Music, for a long piece of this journey, rode in the back seat.
Still, as the Damn It Abby illustrates, Giddens was writing songs, collecting thoughts, remembering phrases and details and feelings, whether he was conscious of such things or not. There’s simply too much ringing specificity here, too many lessons and dreams, the kind of revelations — musical and otherwise — that take miles to internalize.
You hear it from the first. After an atmospheric beginning, in the form of this ghostly trip back to Jelly Roll Morton’s “Pretty Baby,” Jerry Giddens’ oaken voice draws out the contours of a very adult reminiscence in “Lullaby for Babette.” He imagines a walk down the slanted streets of New Orleans in 1919, when everything was different but then very much the same. As the city lights flicker in the night, a heart breaks in a fashion unchanged. Then something happens, like heavy weather moving in over the Crescent City Connection. A smeared guitar storms into what had been a folk-focused lament, imbuing it with this grim sense of regret — and Damn It Abby! makes its broader intentions clear.
Giddens’ new project with Killeen Foundry, though it references his by-now-familiar songwriting aesthetic, isn’t going to settle.
“Shame is Crying,’ co-written by Damn It Abby! collaborator Rod Hodges of the Iguanas, finds its Byrds-y cadence transformed by a whiskey-swilling solo. With “Acadiana Farewell,” Giddens lets loose the kind of searing howl found on earlier, heartbroke updates of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene” and the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination,” but a change in scenery has altered his perspective — and Giddens finds a well of new emotion in local imagery. Put another way: It’s something like “Mariah,” but with a dash of Tony Chachere’s.
An interlude featuring the traditional song “St. James Infirmary,” as brief as it is devastating, leads into the lilting, yet darkly complex “Bayou St. John,” a moment of bleak acceptance that — if you’re too in the cups to pay close attention — probably sounds like something else entirely on those rare nights when Giddens takes the stage at a local bar.
That’s a credit to a group of collaborators which also includes Doug Garrison, Peter Jones, Spencer Bohren, Rene Coman, John Fohl, Tom Marron and Michael Skinkus. But also to the way Jerry Giddens continues to advance his craft. “Maggie,” for instance, is presented twice on Damn It Abby!, first as a studio production and then as a live take from Siberia on St. Claude in New Orleans, underscoring the broad range of emotions embedded in this oblique tale of dreams deferred.
Even as it explores these exciting new paths, Damn It Abby smartly reconnects with Giddens’ underrated past. “Madeline’s Quilt” and “Swimming in Roses” skip along with a witty gumption that matches Giddens’ narrative, directly recalling the sound — if not the socio-political edge — of his 1980s-era band Walking Wounded. “When the Weather Breaks,” another Hodges co-write, has the raw honesty of 1990s solo projects like The Devil’s Front Door — right down to the striking solo turn, which leaps out just as the Blasters’ Dave Alvin did back then.
In this way, Damn It Abby! represents the perfect comeback project. See, underneath that professor’s coat there’s remains a poet, with a guitarist’s calloused fingers stuffed in the pockets. And so Damn It Abby!, recorded at Piety Studios (around the corner from his funky Bywater home) and released on Sputnik, simultaneously reminds us (and maybe Jerry Giddens, too) of everything he’d once been — and, just as importantly, what he can still become.
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Walking Wounded - "Walking Wounded" Stonegarden Records
Walking Wounded - "The New West" Capital/Chameleon
Walking Wounded - "Raging Winds Of Time" Capital/Chameleon
Jerry Giddens - "Livin' Ain't Easy" Mountain Railroad Records
Walking Wounded - "Live At The China Club" Taxim Records
Walking Wounded - "Hard Times" Dr. Dream
Jerry Giddens - "The Devil's Front Door" Dr. Dream
Jerry Giddens- "For Lydia" Sputnik Records
Jerry Giddens - "Walking Wounded: Cuts 1986-1994" Sputnik Records
Walking Wounded - "artificial hearts" Stonegarden Records
Gaucho Gil - "The Ballad Of Gaucho Gil" Sputnik/Hemifran
Jerry Giddens "little demons" Sputnik Records



Jerry Giddens is a singer-songwriter, poet, and teacher. He was born on the banks of the Red River, in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised at a crossroads six miles from Ringgold, Louisiana, a small town of 1500 people. His earliest memories of pop music are “the Fats Domino records my older sisters smuggled out of New Orleans where us kids spent many Mardi Gras and summer vacations at my Aunt Nina Ruth’s home.” But his earliest memories of music are those housed at Springhill Baptist Church, a little country church down the road from his home. There, Jerry first sang from the stage, at age six. As a teenager he would direct the church’s youth choir for Sunday services and appearances around North Louisiana. On Saturdays he and a local guitar player would sing Everly Brothers tunes for the new coffee houses springing up in the 60s. 

“When I finally escaped that lonely crossroads, I headed for the university and freedom. On many weekends, I would head to New Orleans to see a show at the old Warehouse.”  In the late 70s Giddens would relocate to Southern California. He would be a part of the vibrant 1980s and 1990s indie music scene in Los Angeles and the imagination behind Walking Wounded with whom he recorded four records: The New West, Raging Winds of Time, Hard Times, and artificial hearts. The band toured nationally.  “We even headlined Tips one TUL night and Better Than Ezra opened.  After that we worked with Jack Gretsch at The Howling Wolf.  He was always great to us.  He would even let my underage cousins from Metairie slip in for the evening. When the band broke up and I began touring solo, Jack was one of my key supporters and I opened shows for Tim McLaughlin, Snooks Eaglin, Dash Rip Rock, and the wonderful Alex Chilton.” Giddens’ discography also includes The Ballad of Gaucho Gil and four solo records: Livin’ Ain’t Easy, The Devil’s Front Door, For Lydia, and little demons. 

He left California after a thirty-five year fling with “show business” and returned to Louisiana to take a teaching position at Southern University at New Orleans. “Now, I teach a class at Tulane, Jazz Biography and Storyville. The class is a product of my lifelong love of The City That Care Forgot.  I guess like Jimmy Buffet, New Orleans was my Paris.”  Giddens has stayed busy in the studio. He has recorded and now released Damn it Abby! with Killeen Foundry, a project with Rod Hodges of The Iguanas. “The sessions with Mark Bingham at Piety Studios were the beginnings of a Jerry Giddens record. John Fohl, Tom Marron, Michael Skinkus, and Spencer Bohren began the sessions.  Spencer introduced me to Rod, he brought in the rest of the Iguanas, and we recorded a few more tracks. One of my old fans even commented on the New Orleans influence on the new material.  That’s a real source of pride for me.” Today you might catch a rare Killeen Foundry show when Rod is in town and Jerry has begun a residency, of sorts, at The St. Roch Tavern in New Orleans on Tuesday nights. His new cd/record continues the artist’s evolution, with a combination of acoustic and electric sounds that challenge the notions of folk music and as Jim Beal from The San Antonio Express News comments, stomps “all over the line that separates alternative and the mainstream.”