Not to pooh-pooh the Doobs and their smooth, aged take on swampy, countrified soul, but this show belongs to Steely Dan. (source)

I have checked several dictionaries but haven't found one listing a figurative usage of "swampy". As far as I know the word is only used to describe terrain. What does it mean in this sentence? What does it mean for soul music to be "swampy"?

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There is a sub-genre of rock music called swamp rock, which originated in the deepest southern states, where the terrain is, in fact, swampy.

The quote is suggesting that the Doobie Brothers' music is influenced by this style.

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