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Lucky 7 Bio

Music critics have had a field day trying to describe Lucky 7's music, dubbing it Cajun rockabilly, a Zydeco Rockpile, The Blasters with a squeezebox, and a New York mix of Zydeco and roadhouse rock with a Latino flavor. Just about the only certainty is that no two-or three-word label fully encompasses the range of the band's musical gumbo. By drawing from Elvis-era Rock'n'Roll. Cajun, Zydeco, delta blues, classic country, and even Latino salsa plus Tex-Mex, this New York based quintet has challenged the descriptive talents of the music press, while at the same time earning its praise. The Austin American-Statesman observed at a Texas show, "The group's seamless set was solid and substantial, full of prime party-time dance music underpinned by a resilient rhythmic thrust that pushes and pulled the music in consistently interesting directions."

Rolling Stone's John Swenson gave their second album, "Feed The Snake," three and a half stars, and noted, "Though the group is made up of New York area musicians, its rhythmically diverse renditions of Gulf Coast roots rock are more appropriate to a Texas band."

Lucky 7's founder and leader is accordionist-keyboard player-singer-songwriter Kenny Margolis, who's toured with and appeared on albums by Cracker, Mink DeVille, Elliott Murphy, The Smithereens, Ronnie Spector and the Silos among others. The Roues Brothers, Billy (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Steven (stand-up bass/harmonica/vocals) have brought their songwriting and experience producing, writing, playing and recording with roots artists as diverse as John Lee Hooker, Carl Perkins, Lonnie Mack, and Stax & Muscle Shoals soul greats Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham among others. Percussionist Boris Kinberg has played with Mink DeVille and Eartha Kitt. Rounding out the band is drummer Bill Rankin.


Jon Pareless of The New York Times dubbed the debut Lucky 7 EP "a stomping hybrid of garage and Cajun dance tunes." The out of print vinyl fetches upwards of 4100.00 on the Japanese collector's market.

After honing its style in sweaty New York clubs, Lucky 7 won favor on a series of European and Canadian tours earning praise as, "a heavenly party band" (Sweden's Expressen) and "pure fun!" (Germany's Musick Szene). Toronto's Now said, "No doubt about it, Lucky 7 is among the most fun, freewheeling live acts going." An awesome show at Montreal International Jazz Festival won over thousands of new fans.


CMJ New Music Report, reviewing the first Lucky 7 album, "Get Lucky," said, "By assimilating so many styles and tastefully handling all of them, "Get Lucky" makes for enjoyable listening, track for track and can rival any DJ who would have to use at least six different records to string together a set this good."

Several songs from the band's repertoire have landed in feature films and also on compilation albums, including the Margolis/Roues instrumental, "Holiday Depression," which was part of the soundtrack of one of James (Tony Soprano) Gandolfini's first films, "Italian Movie," and also included on a Swedish compilation, "Rockin' At The Barn," on Dusty Records. Recently their cover of Dave Alvin's, "So Long Baby Goodbye," and Bruce Springsteen's, "Valentine's Day," were included on highly acclaimed tribute albums to their authors (Blastered: A Tribute To The Blasters on Run Wild Records, and Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen, on Schoolhouse Records).


Kevin O'Hare's Playback review of the Light Of Day: Tribute To Bruce Springsteen CD says, "some of the best moments on the set are those that key in on The Boss' lesser-known works. The alt-country cover of "Valentine's Day" by Lucky 7, a New York based quintet sounds like they spent plenty of time roaming the heartland."

Lucky 7 is back with a vengeance, playing their greasy, southern-fried-with a side of salsa music. Kenny Margolis says he doesn't mind the southern comparison. "A lot of our music does have roots in the South, but growing up in New York, we have interpreted it differently than a Southern band would. Sort of like the British Invasion bands of the Sixties like The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Animals, Them, and Cream interpreting Chicago blues."


"One Way Track" by Lucky 7, reviewed by Jamey Garner: "Lucky 7 is a New York City based band whose new album is deliciously steeped in hillbilly-zydec0-country-rock and roll gumbo. With a sack full of original tunes and a couple covers, their newest release, "One Way Track" is guaranteed to transport you to the bayou and back. Do yourself a favor. Get a copy of this CD and play it at your next party. It is flat out awesome

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