‘Okie Dokie Stomp’ was a huge hit for Gatemouth.
Study the song not only for the melody but especially for the timing he uses.

Notice that the band is playing a swing feel and Clarence is almost playing straight time.
This effect can be used to create tension.
It can be quite hard to switch between these two types of timing.

It’s not only the shuffle or swing feel you can use, but you can mix it up with straight time feel.
Gatemouth was a master at this; it creates a certain kind of tension that he liked.

The example will give you a mix of both of these forms of timing.