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"New Orleans Music In Exile"
A Starz InBlack Original Production
Premieres May 19, 2006 on Starz InBlack
Theresa Andersson appearing in New Orleans Music In Exile


For New Orleans, music is a treasure. From the traditional brass bands that march in jazz funerals, to the famous blues, jazz, funk and R&B clubs and the street parades of Mardi Gras, music is a way of life; it is embedded in the hearts, souls and minds of the people.

As hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on August 29, 2005, it also proved catastrophic to the city's famed music culture. Many of the city's talented musicians are now living in exile, forced to disperse to different parts of the country. Some of them lost everything, all of them lost something, including their instruments, to hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Music in Exile tells the story of some of these musicians.


Since the hurricane struck, musicians who made a living performing and recording in New Orleans have kept on playing music elsewhere - much of it devoted to their beleaguered city. New Orleans Music in Exile presents personal stories of horror and heartbreak from musicians who lived through the storm that wreaked havoc on the Big Easy.

In this revealing Starz InBlack Original production, musicians we know and love share their experiences of loss and displacement. Musicians featured in the production include Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, the Iguanas, the ReBirth Brass Band and others. In addition to performing they share their personal stories of how Katrina affected their lives, scattering them to other cities, and how they're getting back on their feet.

New Orleans Music in Exile is directed by noted music documentarian Robert Mugge (Last of the Mississippi Jukes, Blues Divas). The film's co-producer is Diana Zelman.

Filming of New Orleans Music in Exile began two months after the muddy waters, drenched homes and neighborhoods such as the Lower Ninth Ward, St. Bernard Parish, Treme' and Algiers, where many musicians lived but were forced to leave.

On Saturday, May 13, 2006, Starz Entertainment Group, in conjunction with the Tipitina's Foundation will host the New Orleans Music in Exile Benefit Concert at Tipitina's French Quarter, New Orleans. This event is part of SEG's commitment to fund-raising efforts for the Tipitina Foundation's Instruments A Comin' and Artist Relief Fund. For more information visit tipitinas.com.


Theresa Andersson, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Irma Thomas, Stephen Assaf, Eddie Bo, Marcia Ball, Kermit Ruffins, ReBirth Brass Band, The Iguanas, World Leader Pretend, Cowboy Mouth, beatinpath, Jon Cleary, and Papa Grows Funk.


"I left that Saturday before Katrina to go play a gig in Austin, Texas. We were watching TV to see the aftermath... and we found out that the levees had breached and our houses were under water." - Irma Thomas

"The music culture there is something that traditionally has been unique. It was always passed down from our elders… I pray to the spirit world … to heal my New Orleans." - Dr. John

"It's really crushing to contemplate the idea that you wouldn't be able to go back; that it wouldn't be like it once was, at least to some degree. So we have to hold out hope that... we will go back." - Rene Coman of The Iguanas

"Right now, we're stationed in Houston. We had to leave New Orleans due to the storm. We have five guys here. Everybody is spread out." - Philip Frazier, ReBirth Brass Band

"I live in the tour bus. We all live in the tour bus." - Fred LeBlanc, Cowboy Mouth

"I came to Houston, Texas; I moved my whole family here because of Hurricane Katrina. All of the musicians here have opened their arms to us, like you would not believe. They have been taking care of us…getting my drummer a new set of drums, my bass player a bass, helping to get my piano player an electric piano. You wouldn't believe the love. God bless their hearts. - Kermit Ruffins

in order of appearance

Title: "Like A Hurricane"
Performed by Theresa Andersson
Author: Neil Young
Courtesy of Neil Young/ Silver Fiddle Music (ASCAP)

Title: "Right Place. Wrong Time"
Performed by Dr. John
Author: Malcolm J. Rebennack
Courtesy of WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Title: "Hey Pocky Way"
Performed by Cyril Neville
Authors: Joseph Modeliste, Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr.
Courtesy of Bug Music obo Cabbage Alley Music (BMI)
Bug Music obo Bugaloo Music (BMI)
Bug Music (BMI)

Title: "Lightning and Thunder"
Performed by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Author: Joseph Pierre "Monk" Boudreaux
Courtesy of Big Chief Monk Music (BMI)

Title: "Smoke Filled Room"
Performed by Irma Thomas
Authors: Dan Penn, Johnnie Barnett, Carson Whitsett
Courtesy of Waterdance Music obo Silver Bay Music
High Horse Music, Dan Penn Music

Title: "It's Gonna Be Okay"
Performed by Theresa Andersson
Authors: Anders Osbourne, Joshua Maurice Ragsdale
Courtesy of Universal - Songs Of Plygram International Inc.;
Universal - Songs of Polygram obo Emily Rosailla Songs
Universal Music Corp.

Title: "All of Me"
Performed by Stephan Assaf
Authors: Gerald Marks, Seymour B. Simons
Courtesy of Marlong Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Pen Music Group, Inc. obo Gerald Marks Music (ASCAP)

Title: "My Dearest Darling"
Performed by Eddie Bo
Authors: Edwin J. Bocage & Paul Gayten
Courtesy of Arc Music Corp (BMI)

Title: "That's Enough of That Stuff"
Performed by Marcia Ball (Alligator Records)
Author: Marcia Ball
Courtesy of Lew Bob Songs obo Gatorhythms Music (BMI)

Title: "Louisiana 1927"
Performed by Marcia Ball
Author: Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

Title: "When The Saints Go Marching In"
Performed by Kermit Ruffins
Author: Traditional

Title: "Lord, Lord, Lord"
Performed by ReBirth Brass Band
Author: Traditional

Title: "Un Avion"
Performed by The Iguanas
Authors: Rodney Hodges, Joe Cabral
Courtesy of Universal-Polygram Intl. Pub. Obo Blowout Music

Title: "Right Now I'm A' Roamin"
Performed by The Iguanas
Authors: Martyn P. Casey (PRS), Nicholas Edward Cave (APRA)
Mick Harvey (APRA), Conway Savage (APRA) and Thomas Wydler (GEMA)
Courtesy of Songs of Windswept Pacific (BMI) for US and Canada

Title: "Blues For New Orleans"
Performed by Cyril Neville
Author: Cyril Neville
Courtesy of Slaughter Neville Music (BMI)

Title: "I Will Survive"
Performed by Cyril Neville
Author: Cyril Neville
Courtesy of Slaughter Neville Music (BMI)

Title: "A Grammarian Stuck in a Medical Drama"
Performed by World Leader Pretend
Author: Keith Ferguson
Courtesy of Pink Pantheon Music (BMI)

Title: "Voodoo Shoppe"
Performed by Cowboy Mouth
Authors: John Thomas Griffith, Fred LeBlanc, Paul Sanchez
Courtesy of Mouthing Off Music

Title: "Home"
Performed by Cowboy Mouth
Authors: John Thomas Griffith, Fred LeBlanc, Paul Sanchez, Sonia Tetlow
Courtesy of Mouthing Off Music (BMI)

Title: "Band On The Run"
Performed by beatinpath
Author: Paul McCartney
Courtesy of MPL Communicastions Inc. (ASCAP)

Title: "Moonburn"
Performed by Jon Cleary
Author: Jon Cleary
Courtesy of Bug Music obo FHQ Entertainment, Inc.

Title: "Rat a Tang Tang"
Performed by Papa Grows Funk
Author: John Gros
Courtesy of Krewe of Funk Music (BMI) and Uncle Bud's Publishing (BMI)

Title: "I Walk On Guilded Splinters"
Performed by Dr. John
Author: Dr. John Creaux
Courtesy of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing obo Skull Music (BMI)

Title: "Sweet Home New Orleans"
Performed by Dr. John
Authors: Malcolm J. Rebennack. Additional Lyrics by Cat Yellen
Courtesy of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing obo Skull Music (BMI)