An ever-talented and versatile accordionist, songwriter and vocalist, Jimmy Mac, former member of New York City-based zydeco powerhouse Loup Garou, released a new single titled “Sugar in the Rain.” Leading the song with expert accordion skills and his subtle yet powerful voice, Jimmy Mac transports listeners to a rain-soaked, Louisiana sugar field with the song’s descriptive lyrics.
Jimmy Mac’s tenure with Loup Garou earned him quite a bit of fame and recognition in the Cajun and folk music genres. Now, Jimmy Mac is gaining even more attention with the help of a few other well-known musicians: R&B and jazz musician Shannon Powell (who can be heard on recordings by the likes of Harry Connick Jr. and Dr. John, among others) plays the drums, Chris Severin plays electric bass, Ike Stubblefield (a veteran who has played with Marvin Gaye and Al Green) is on organ, Grant Green Jr. lends his guitar and backing vocals and jazz singer Nayo Jones brings everything together with her soulful backing vocals.
For the past few years, Mac has been working as a visual artist in New Orleans, but his desire to make music never disappeared. Ready to get back where he left off, Mac contacted Powell, and together they formed the rest of the band. Like something out of a cajun fairytale, the band recorded the song at the legendary Studio in the Country in Bogalusa.
On the way to Studio in the Country, documentarian Sarah Borealis recorded a video of the Louisiana landscape. It’s been turned into a video for the song which can be found below. The song is also available on iTunes and Spotify.