It’s no mystery what Ryan Foret does. Instead of constantly crafting batches of new tunes and reinventing his sonic artistry, the 32-year-old swamp popper honors fans with choice covers of their requests instead of original material. Such a fan-oriented strategy accounts for the majority of songs on his fourth CSP affair, with Foret’s own predilections for Otis Redding (“Come to Me”) and Percy Sledge (“My Special Prayer”) factored in.
Swamp pop-bended soul dominates the proceedings, though there are a few classic-styled swamp pop tunes like Johnnie Allan’s “Sitting Here Crying” and the swooning title song, an obscure cutting floor discard from Kane Glaze’s 2003 Americajun album. A large part of the Tradition’s sound stems from saxophonist Jason Parfait who stuns with his flying rides as well as leads a thick horn section that includes teenaged son Jason Michael on sax, Foret’s younger brother Brandon on alto sax and trumpeter James Spell. Together they charge, stroll and strut like the finest of soul revues while guitarist Mark Templet lights up many a buoyant solo. It’s really nothing fancy or overly complicated but it’s dreamy and lovely enough to have true staying power.