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Jazz-Dixieland stalwarts The Hot Sardines are one of a select handful of newer bands playing old school, 1930s-style swing music. The band is celebrating their 9th year on the jazz circuit with the release of their sophomoric studio album French Fries & Champagne. The follow up to their largely successful self-titled debut recording, French Fries & Champagne showcases some of the best that the current Dixieland movement has to offer.

Unlike some of the other successful swing revivalists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Cherry Poppin' Daddies, The Hot Sardines seem to keep away from modern sounds entirely. The band is both hindered and strengthened by staying completely away from contemporary influences. Because they arrived on the scene a bit later than the two aforementioned acts, The Hot Sardines missed the boat on the peak of swing revival music, which hit around 1998. (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ended up playing the halftime show at the 1999 Super Bowl.)