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2008 CD Releases
The IguanasIf You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times (Summer 2008); recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville with producer Justin Niebank
Irma ThomasSimply Grand (08/12/08); follow-up to Grammy winning "After the Rain" features guest appearances by Marcia Ball, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, Dr. John, David Eagan, Norah Jones, Ellis Marsalis, Tom McDermott, John Medeski, Randy Newman, and David Torkanowsky
Wynton Marsalis & Willie NelsonTwo Men With The Blues (07/08/08); DVD & album of the "Willie Nelson Sings the Blues" concerts taped at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center in January 2007; features Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael (Nelson's harmonica player) with the Wynton Marsalis Quartet; see concert review and photos
Lil Malcolm & the House RockersHe's Back (07/01/08)
Treme Brass BandNew Orleans Music! (07/01/08)
Plas Johnson & Ernie WattsAll Blues (07/01/08)
9th Ward9th Ward (06/24/08); debut from NOLA rapper Jamaal Williams on Island/Def Jam; includes hot single "Add Me Up" which features Nitti and Jermaine Dupri
Aaron NevilleGold (06/24/08); 2-CD compilation
Louis ArmstrongThe Big Band Sides 1930/32 (06/24/08); remastered 2-CD set
Dr. JohnEssential Recordings - Japanese Edition (06/24/08)
Chopper City BoyzBlock City (06/17/08); latest from B.G. and friends
Tony Joe WhiteDeep Cuts (06/10/08); a collection of familiar hits, along with brand new tracks, all treated with contemporary beats, loops, and samples that reincarnate Tony Joe's originals into a modern brand of swampy, breathy blues
Lil' WayneTha Carter III (06/10/08); Weezy's sixth "official" album; guests include Babyface, Jay-Z, T-Pain, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Static, Robin Thicke, Busta Rhymes, Betty Wright
Lil' WayneTha Carter III - Deluxe Edition (06/10/08); includes bonus of "The Leaks" album, with 5 tracks available on CD for the first time
Wynton MarsalisHe and She (06/10/08)
Various ArtistsCash Money: 10 Years of Bling Vol. 2 (06/10/08); classics from the Big Tymers, Lil Wayne, Teena Marie, Currency, and others
Various ArtistsFunk Soul Brothers (06/10/08); ghetto classics and southern fried killers from Curtis Mayfield, The Meters, Gil Scott-Heron, Lee Dorsey, Joe Tex, Aaron Neville, Eddie Bo, Ironing Board Sam, and more
Dr. John & the Lower 911City That Care Forgot (06/03/08); Katrina-themed project is Mac's first for new label 429 Records; guests include Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Ani DiFranco, Terrance Simien, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Terence Blanchard
Mr. Serv-OnLife Insurance 2: Heartmuzik (05/27/08)
Sonny LandrethFrom The Reach (05/20/08); debut from Sonny's own Landfall Records label features guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Dr. John, and Jimmy Buffett
Louis Armstrong (DVD)Greatest Performances of the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s (05/20/08); dazzling collection of 17 rare filmed appearances of Satchmo shows the legend at his thrilling best
Theresa AnderssonI the River (05/13/08); EP contains 5 new songs and two videos; pre-order limited edition version now at Basin Street Records
Max MinelliThe Remedy (05/13/08); rapper's debut release for Koch Records
Dr. Michael WhiteBlue Crescent (05/13/08)
Kenny NealLet Life Flow (05/06/08); after taking time off due to illness, the Baton Rouge blues great is back with first album since 2005 on new label Blind Pig Records
Brian Blade FellowshipSeasons of Change (05/06/08); debut release for new label Verve Records marks the group's first recording in 8 years; drummer Blade is joined by pianist and composer Jon Cowherd (piano, pump organ, moog, Wurlitzer), Chris Thomas (bass), Myron Walden (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Melvin Butler (tenor saxophone), and Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar)
Dr. JohnThe Best of the Night Tripper (05/06/08); import compilation
Hank Williams, Jr.Collector's Editon Tin (05/06/08)
Tim McGrawCollector's Editon Tin (05/06/08)
ReBirth Brass Band25th Anniversary (2008); the mighty RBB celebrate their 25th anniversary
Henry ButlerPiaNOLA Live (04/29/08); piano legend's first live solo album features 11 tracks culled from performances over the last two decades
Memphis MinnieHoodoo Lady (1933 - 1937) (04/29/08)
Tab Benoit (DVD)Live in Nashville (04/29/08); live DVD
Stanton Moore TrioEmphasis (on parenthesis) (04/22/08); featuring Will Bernard on guitar and Robert Walter on organ
Tab BenoitNight Train to Nashville (04/22/08); live album features Louisiana's LeRoux, Jimmy Hall, Kim Wilson, Jim Lauderdale, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone and Waylon Thibodeaux
Michael DoucetFrom Now On (04/22/08); latest solo effort from Cajun music legend features guest appearance from fiddler Mitchell Reed and guitarist Todd Duke; read more
Steve RileyBest of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (04/22/08)
Joe Bonsall & the Orange PlayboysCajun Jamboree - The Essential Collection (04/22/08); noted Cajun artist's best sellers and other noteworthy recordings from the 1960's - 1980's released for the first time on CD
EurickaHeavy as a Feather (04/15/08)
Soilent GreenInevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction (04/15/08)
Professor LonghairThe London Concert - 30th Anniversary Edition (04/15/08)
Ellis Marsalis QuartetAn Open Letter to Thelonious (04/08/08); debut release for Marsalis, on his own label, Elm Records; features Ellis on piano, with Derek Douget (tenor & soprano sax), Jason Stewart (bass), and Jason Marsalis (drums)
Marcia BallPeace, Love & BBQ (04/08/08); Stephen Bruton produced; guests include Dr. John and his band, Wayne Toups and Terrance Simien
Kevin NaquinCall It What You Want (Appelle-le Ca Tu Veux) (04/08/08); latest from award winning accordionist and leader of the Ossun Playboys
Irvin Mayfield & Ellis MarsalisLove Songs, Ballads and Standards (04/01/08); jazz greats cover classics and contemporary tunes with backing from Neal Caine, Jaz Sawyer, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
John Ellis & Double-WideDance Like There's No Tomorrow (03/25/08); tenor sax great gets back to his Big Easy roots, backed by Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Gary Versace on organ, and Jason Marsalis on drums
Ernie K-DoeHere Come The Girls (03/18/08); reissue of early 1970's album was sparked by popular British TV commercial featuring the title track (written by Allen Toussaint); bonus tracks include an alternate version of the K-Doe classic "Mother-In-Law"; produced by Toussaint with backing from The Meters
Zebra (DVD)Zebra - The DVD (03/18/08); with concert footage, interviews, and more
Louis Armstrong & the All-StarsNew Orleans Nights (03/18/08); rare Decca album of 1950's recordings on CD for the first time features "Pops" having a blast with Earl "Fatha" Hines, Jack Teagarden, and others
Joe Robichaux1929 - 1933 (03/18/08); compilation covers the sides recorded by Joe Robichaux and His New Orleans Rhythm Boys for Vocalion in 1933, plus two 1929 recordings by Christina Gray featuring Robichaux on piano
Imagination MoversJuice Box Heroes (03/18/08); kid-friendly band makes their national debut for Disney Records
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongPorgy & Bess (03/18/08); remastered reissue of the 1957 classic features the two legends covering songs from the George Gershwin opera
Travis Matte & the KingpinsHip-Hop ZydeRock (03/11/08); band drops "zydeco" from their name, and adds more rock and hip hop
Cedric WatsonCedric Watson (03/11/08); debut solo CD from noted fiddler, accordionist, vocalist and member of Lafayette's acclaimed Pine Leaf Boys
Various ArtistsFunky Divas - Do You Funk? (03/04/08); 15 classic cuts from the funkiest soul sisters of all time; w/ Tina Turner, Ann Sexton, Irma Thomas, Betty Everett, Barbara George, Tommie Young, Fontella Bass, and more
Wynton Marsalis (DVD)Congo Square (03/04/08); Wynton and the JALC Orchestra (with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!) perform the composition at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival
WebbieSavage Life 2 (02/26/08); latest from Baton Rouge rapper; guests include Birdman, Young Dro, Bun B, Lil' Boosie, Foxx, Big Head, Lil' Phat, etc.
Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club RamblersThe Corner Post (Le Poteau De Coin) (02/26/08); Eunice based group plays Cajun roots music, with contributions from their French Canadian, Appalachian Mountain, and European heritages
Boozoo ChavisBoozoo Chavis (02/26/08); reissue from 1990
Baton RougeShake Your Soul (02/26/08); reissue from 1990
Baton RougeLights Out on the Playground (02/26/08); reissue from 1991
Various ArtistSpirits in the Material World: A Reggae Tribute to the Police (02/19/08); features covers by Jr. Reid, Joan Osborne, Toots & the Maytels, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Cyril Neville ("Wrapped Around Your Finger"), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux ("Spirits In The Material World"), and others
Jim Lauderdale & The Dream PlayersHoney Songs (02/19/08); Lauderdale is backed by Gary Tallent, James Burton, Al Perkins, Glen D. Hardin and Ron Tutt; guests include Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless and Kelly Hogan
Marc BroussardMust Be The Water (02/19/08); five track EP features Marc's first collection of all new songs since 2004's breakthrough "Carencro."; EP is available at iTunes
Arson AnthemArson Anthem (02/19/08); debut EP from new supergroup featuring Philip Anselmo (Down, Pantera), Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Hank Williams III and Collin Yeo
Lee DorseyFunky As I Can Be! (02/19/08); 18 classics from the late great NOLA crooner, plus 8 tracks never before available on CD
Arlen RothToolin' Around Woodstock (02/19/08); guests include Levon Helm, Sonny Landreth, Bill Kirchen, Lexie Roth and Amy Helm; includes bonus DVD
Little Freddie KingMessin' Around Tha House (02/14/08)
Otis TaylorRecapturing The Banjo (02/05/08); Taylor assemble a stellar crew to rediscover the banjo's African roots; features noted pickers Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Keb' Mo', Alvin Youngblood Hart and Papa Don Vappie
OK Go & BoneramaYou're Not Alone (02/05/08); five track digital only EP; proceeds will benefit R&B legend Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans; Bonerama teams with the Chicago rockers on 3 numbers from their "Oh No" CD, and covers of Bowie's "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" (which features Johnson on vocals); EP is available at iTunes
Dax RiggsIf This Is Hell Then I'm Lucky (02/05/08); reissue of hard to find Deadboy and the Elephantmen debut album
Louis Armstrong (DVD)The Portrait Collection (01/29/08); collection of some of Armstrong's best known performances, plus 40 minutes of interviews, 9 photo galleries, timeline, and more; see more DVD details
Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)The Jerry Lee Lewis Chronicles (01/29/08); 5-DVD box includes full length documentarry "I Am What I Am", never before seen performances, and more
Blind Boys of AlabamaDown in New Orleans (01/29/08); Blind Boys backed by Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky and Roland Guerin; with special guests Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Hot 8 Brass Band
The Savoy Family BandTurn Loose but Don't Let Go (01/22/08); line-up includes Marc Savoy, Ann Savoy, Wilson Savoy and Joel Savoy, plus Steve Riley and Drew Simon
Various ArtistsA New Orleans Visit: Before Katrina (01/22/08); various live recordings from 2005; features Michael & David Doucet, Sammy Rimington & Michael Doucet, Uncle Lionel Batiste, Henry Gray, Sunpie Barnes & Michael Doucet, Treme Brass Band
Wynton MarsalisStandards & Ballads (01/22/08); 14 classics including "Stardust," "Embraceable You," etc.
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty NotesThe Big Awesome (01/22/08); follow-up to 2005's "...pain, pleasure, fear and opera" ... CD release party set for January 18th at Tipitina's ... pre-order here
Eric LindellLow On Cash, Rich In Love (01/15/08); follow-up to critically acclaimed '06 release "Change In The Weather"
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole CowboysKeeping the Tradition Alive (01/15/08); debut release from award winning accordion great and former member of Zydeco Force
Amanda ShawPretty Runs Out (01/08/08); teen fiddle phenom makes her major label debut for Rounder Records; title track was written by Amanda and Jim McCormick; read more
2007 CD Releases
ReBirth Brass Band (DVD)Never A Dull Moment - 20 Years of the ReBirth Brass Band includes interviews with the band, Kermit Ruffins, Keith "Wolf" Anderson, Dr. Michael White, Scott Billington and Mark Bingham, plus a Tipitinas-hosted performance by the band
Lil' WayneThe Leak (12/25/07); 5-song digital only EP
Various ArtistsCash Money: 10 Years of Bling Vol. 1 (12/18/07); 10 classics from Big Tymers, B.G., Lil Wayne and Cash Money Millionaires; also includes unreleased Lil Wayne track & video, "The Only Reason"
Various ArtistsWorld's Strongest Man (12/18/07); soundtrack to the ESPN series with tracks from Seether, Korn, Mastodon, Underoath, 12 Stones, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, etc.
Birdman5 Star Stunna (12/11/07); latest solo release from Cash Money CEO Bryan "Baby" Williams; w/ guests Lil Wayne, Brisco, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Yo Gotti
Mahalia Jackson (DVD)Mahalia Jackson 1947-1962 (12/11/07)
C-Murder (DVD)The Movement (12/11/07)
Trace AdkinsAmerican Man: Greatest Hits Vol. II (12/11/07)
Various ArtistsKGSR Broadcasts - Vol. 15 (11/23/2007); collection of in-studio performances from KGSR - Radio Austin; features tracks from Subdudes, Tony Joe White, Cyril Neville & Tribe 13, Papa Mali, Chris Smither, The Gourds, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Spoon, Los Lonely Boys, The Greencards, Ryan Adams, and many more; check here for past releases of "KGSR Broadcasts"
Cowboy Mouth (DVD)The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth (11/20/2007); first-ever live DVD from NOLA rockers
Various Artists (DVD)The Best of the Jammys: Volume 2 (11/06/07); performers include Blues Traveler, Stanton Moore (with Andy Hess, John Scofield and Skerik), Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Blind Boys of Alabama, Gov't Mule, Gregg Allman, Trey Anastasio, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, etc.
Mr. Serv-OnHeartmuzik (11/06/07)
Various Artists (DVD)Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 (11/06/07); performers included Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, John Mayer, John McLaughlin, Willie Nelson, Robert Randolph, Robbie Robertson, Hubert Sumlin, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter and Steve Winwood
Britney SpearsBlackout (10/30/2007); troubled pop star returns with first new album since 2003's "In The Zone"; debut single, "Gimme More", reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Wynton MarsalisWynton Marsalis (10/30/07); re-issue of Wynton's debut album (Columbia Records, 1981)
Wynton MarsalisThink of One (10/30/07); re-issue from 1983
Wynton MarsalisJ Mood (10/30/07); re-issue from 1985
Wynton MarsalisLive at Blues Alley (10/30/07); re-issue from 1986 features Wynton and Jeff "Tain" Watts, Robert Hurst and Marcus Roberts
Wynton MarsalisThe Majesty of the Blues (10/30/07); re-issue from 1988
Wynton MarsalisBlue Interlude (10/30/07); re-issue from 1991
Snooks EaglinOut of Nowhere (10/30/07); re-issue
John Sinclair (DVD)20 to Life: The Life & Times of John Sinclair (10/30/07); documentary on the poet / activist / writer / DJ; w/ appearances by John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, MC-5, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Ed Moss, Andre Williams, Cyril Neville, Bo Dollis, and others
Hurricane Chris51/50 Ratchet (10/23/07); major label debut (on Polo Grounds Music/J Records) from Shreveport rapper; includes his smash hit "A Bay Bay" and his latest banger, "The Hand Clap"
Various ArtistsPutumayo Presents: New Orleans Brass (10/23/07); classics from James Andrews, Yockamo All-Stars, Leroy Jones, Glen David Andrews, Trombone Shorty, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Dukes of Dixieland, Bob French with Kid Chocolate, etc.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (DVD)The Complete Series (10/16/07); includes "The Christmas Show" episode which featured Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty), Steve Walker, Kirk Joseph, Bob French, Roderick Paulin, Kid Merv and the late, great Frederick Sheppard (aka Shep)
Captain & Tennille (DVD)Captain & Tennille in New Orleans (10/09/07); April 3, 1978 TV special filmed in the French Quarter; highlights include Hal Linden with Murphy Campo and the Jazz Saints and Fats Domino performing his classic "Walking to New Orleans"; Domino is joined by the Captain on "I’m Ready"
LeAnn RimesFamily (10/09/07); tracks include "Nothing Wrong", a duet with Carencro soul man Marc Broussard
Various ArtistsHome For Christmas - Voices from the Heartland (10/09/07); collection of soulful holiday classics; with Irma Thomas ("Oh Holy Night”"), Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore, Rhonda Vincent, Charles Brown, Deana Carter, Leon Redbone, etc.
Various ArtistsCity of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music (10/09/07); specially priced 4 CD collection is a definitive overview of Rounder Records' New Orleans catalogue, with tracks from Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Chuck Carbo, Eddie Bo, ReBirth Brass Band, Johnny Adams, All That, and many more
Lil' WayneLil Weezy-Ana Vol.1 (10/09/07); classic Weezy mixtape gets natiomal distribution
Allen ToussaintWhat Is Success - The Scepter and Bell Recordings (10/09/07); re-issue of his 2nd album includes bonus tracks
Clarence Gatemouth BrownBogalusa Boogie Man (10/09/07)
Buddy GuyLive at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1979 (10/09/07)
Various Arists (DVD)Bing Crosby's White Christmas All Star Show (10/09/07); concert film produced by the USO for overseas troops in 1958 features Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Lena Horne, and more
FoxxStreet Gossip (09/25/07); Baton Rouge rapper from the Trill Entertainment empire makes his solo debut for Asylum Records; guests include Webbie, Paul Wall, T-Pain and Trey Songz
Anders OsborneComing Down (09/25/07); a stripped down look at the songwriter's life and love of New Orleans, post Katrina; produced by Anders and Troy Verges
DownDown III - Over The Under (09/25/2007); NOLA metal rockers' first release since 2002's "Down II - A Bustle in your Hedgerow"
Various ArtistsGoin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (09/25/2007); star-studded salute features covers of Fats' hits by Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Neil Young, John Lennon, Randy Newman, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, and many more; proceeds will benefit Tipitina's Foundation mission of saving the musical culture of New Orleans; read more
SupagroupFire For Hire (09/25/2007); first single "What's Your Problem" hits radio July 18th
Aaron NevilleSingles Collection Plus 1969-79 (09/25/07); 22 track compilation; import
Mary GauthierBetween Daylight and Dark (09/18/07); follow-up to acclaimed 2005 release "Mercy Now"
Trin-I-Tee 5:7T57 (09/18/07); New Orleans trio's first CD in four years will be released on Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment label
Lost Bayou RamblersLive A La Blue Moon (09/18/07); taped on January 12th and 13th at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette
Various Arists (DVD)The Best of the Johnny Cash Show (09/18/07); highlights from the man in black's TV series which aired from 1969 - 71; features music from Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Louis Armstrong, Tony Joe White, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, Tammy Wynette, and more
Red Stick RamblersMade in the Shade (09/11/2007); Ramblers' debut release for new label, Sugar Hill Records
CupidTime For A Change (09/11/07); third release from Lafayette, LA R&B star of "Cupid Shuffle" fame has been picked up by Asylum Records
Grayson CappsStavin' Chain (09/11/2007); Ruf Records re-issues Stavin' Chain album from 1999; band featured Capps and John Lawrence; album was produced by John Mooney, who also performs on the disc
CrowbarLive + 1 / Equilibriuam & Odd Fellows Rest / Crowbar - various re-issues from NOLA metal rockers
Terrance SimienLive Worldwide (09/04/07); Simien and the Zydeco Experience captured live at various locations around the globe
Benjy Davis ProjectDust (09/04/07); latest from Baton Rouge rockers features a guest appearance by Maggie Brown; listen to samples at myspace
Sons of WilliamWhat Hides Inside (09/04/2007); preview tracks available at myspace; sample tracks and pre-order CD at
Master P & RomeoHip-Hop History (09/04/2007); father and son team up for kid friendly rap release; guests include Chamillionaire and Silkk The Shocker
Joe Warren CormierPure Cajun (09/04/07); remastered re-issue from Swallow Records "Encore" series
Christian ScottAnthem (08/28/07); sophmore release from 2006 Grammy nominee; collection from NOLA trumpeter teams rock, soul, hip-hop and jazz, and features a guest appearance from Brother J of X-Clan; read more
The SubdudesStreet Symphony (08/28/07); follow-up to acclaimed "Behind The Levee" - album was recorded in Nashville in March '07
Robert Fortune BandMarch of the Wooden Tigers (08/28/2007); NOLA guitar whiz makes his debut for Geffen Records' Suretone imprint; full album coming soon; check him out at myspace
LedisiLost and Found (08/28/07); major label debut (Verve) for NOLA born, California-based songstress; preview the album here
Various Arists (DVD)Jazz Festival Volume 1 (08/28/07); concert performances from the Louis Armstrong All Stars, Eddie Condon All Stars and the Bobby Hackett Sextet
Dax RiggsWe Sing of Only Blood or Love (08/21/07); debut solo CD from ex Acid Bath and Deadboy & the Elephantmen frontman; guests include Chavez's Matt Sweeney and James Lo, and deadboy touring musicians Alex Bergeron, Adam Clement and Sean Keating; on Fat Possum Records; preview tracks here
GalacticFrom The Corner To The Block (08/21/07); band adds hip hop flava to ther rock, funk and jazz grooves; with guests Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab, Chali 2na, DJ Z-Trip, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Boots Riley, Jvenile, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Ladybug Mecca, Nino Moschella, Trombone Shorty, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Vursatyl, and Ohmega Watts; preview tracks here
Lil BoosieStreetz Iz Mine (08/21/07)
Various Arists (DVD)SXSW Live 2007 (08/21/07); 18 performances from the '07 SXSW conference in Austin, TX; includes Marc Broussard ("Home"), The Bravery, Ozomatli, Polyphonic Spree, Bowling For Soup, Rocco DeLuca, Razorlight, Lee "Scratch" Perry, etc.
Louis ArmstrongMonterey Jazz Festival Live 1958 (08/21/07)
Jim RobinsonEconomy Hall Breakdown (08/21/07); 1965 session features the trombonist with Johnny Wiggs, Raymond Burke, Allan Jaffe, Bob Greene and Yoichi Kimura; received 4 star (out of 5) review by AMG
Mahalia JacksonComplete Mahalia Jackson Vol. 5 (1954-1955) (08/21/07)
Geno DelafoseLe Cowboy Creole (08/14/07)
Terence BlanchardA Tale of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina) (08/14/07); impassioned song cycle about the physical and emotional ravages incurred upon New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina
12 StonesAnthem For The Underdog (08/14/07); latest from Mandeville, LA rockers
Zie'lGenesis Live! (08/14/07); new release from Shreveport, LA Christian R&B vocal group; hear tracks at myspace
Fats DominoGreatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans (08/14/07); 30 track CD and Digital Album includes 29 "Top 10" hits in chronological sequence; read press release
Various Artists (DVD)New Orleans Music in Exile (08/07/07); documentary follows the plight of Big Easy musicians shortly after Hurricane Katrina; with 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, Papa Mali, World Leader Pretend, Cowboy Mouth, Beatinpath, Jon Cleary and Papa Grows Funk
Various ArtistsThe Best of Newport '57: 50th Anniversary Collection (08/07/07); 2-CD set includes "Muskrat Ramble" (Red Allen, Jack Teagarden and Kid Ory) and "Bourbon Street Parade" (George Lewis); other artists include Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson
Aaron NevilleThe Anthology (08/07/07)
Illinois JacquetThe New York Sessions (08/07/07)
Young BleedOnce Upon a Time in Amedica (08/07/07); latest from Baton Rouge rapper
Various ArtistsDown Home Saturday Night (07/31/07); Smithsonian Folkways collection of regional and ethnic roots music, with tracks from Balfa Toujours ("Le Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme"), Nonc Allie Young, Bessyl Duhon and Rodney Balfa ("Bosco Stomp"), Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds ("Uncle Bud"), and others
Various ArtistsOld Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volumes 2 and 3 (07/31/07); includes two tracks from the Lost Bayou Ramblers
Allen ToussaintToussaint (07/31/07); re-issue of 1971 Scepter Records album with two bonus tracks ("Number Nine" and "Poor Folks")
Johnny AdamsChasing Rainbows - The Tan Canary - New Orleans Soul 1969-1981 (07/31/07); 2-CD collection of hard to find tracks from the NOLA R&B legend
Clarence Gatemouth Brown (DVD)The Blues of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (07/31/07); re-issue; Gate captured live at the Maple Leaf on February 4, 1984
G. Love & Special SauceA Year and a Night with G Love & Special Sauce (07/31/07); CD/DVD combo; CD features 10 live tracks; DVD documentary follows the band on tour, with 12 full length performances, including guest appearance by Marc Broussard
Various Artists (DVD)A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert (07/31/07); December 1991 performance features opera divas Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Nancy Allen, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Andre Previn
Preservation Hall Jazz BandMade in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions (07/24/07); musical and visual exploration of the history of Preservation Hall; includes early tracks salvaged from Sea-Saint Studios, along with new recordings; box set includes a DVD, unreleased tour photos, promotional photos, and more memorabilia; a limited edition version (signed & numbered) will be available from Preservation Hall and Louisiana Music Factory; read more
UTP PlayasBack Like We Left Something (07/24/07)
The Way GonersKickin' Up Dust (07/17/07); debut from country rockers from Hammond, LA (formerly known as the Honky Tonk Disciples)
Lillian AxeWater Rising (07/17/07)
Jim OlivierThe Essential Collection (07/17/07); 19 of his most popular songs from his 5 Swallow Records albums and singles of the early 80's
Louis PrimaJump, Jive an' Wail: The Essential Louis Prima (07/17/07); new collection gathers 26 Prima classics; also see the new Keely Smith: The Essential Capitol Collection
Wynton MarsalisThe Essential Wynton Marsalis (07/10/07); collection from Sony Classical
NoonWalk With Thee In New Orleans (07/10/07); latest CD from Japanese jazz vocalist was recorded in New Orleans in January 2007; album was produced by Leroy Jones, who also wrote all arrangements; backing band included Leroy, with Paul Longstreth, Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Todd Duke, Nobu Ozaki, Craig Klein, and Alonzo Bowens, along with Matt Rhody and Helen Gillet
Mem ShannonLive: A Night at Tipitina's (07/10/07); Mem and his band captured at Tip's in February, 2007
Various ArtistsTransformers - Music From The Motion Picture (07/03/07); movie soundtrack includes Mute Math performing the Transformers theme; other artists on the album include Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, The Used, HIM, Taking Back Sunday, and Goo Goo Dolls
L.A. Blues AllianceWhat A Life (06/26/07); blues super-group features Keb' Mo', Sonny Landreth, Stanley Behrens, Mike Finnigan, Baton Rouge native W.G. Snuffy Walden, Bob Glaub, Amy Keys, David Morgan, and John "JR" Robinson (see web site)
Marc BroussardS.O.S. - Save Our Soul (06/26/07); Marc pays tribute to the soul music he was brought up on; features 10 covers plus a Broussard original
Tab Benoit & Louisiana's LeRouxPower of the Pontchartrain (06/26/07); produced by music vet David Z (Prince, Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
Bryan LeeKatrina Was Her Name (06/26/07); all new set from the blues guitar whiz; produced by Duke Robillard
Trin-I-Tee 5:7Holla - The Best of Trin-I-Tee 5:7 (06/26/07);
Fats DominoFats Domino & Friends (06/26/07); w/ cuts from Fats, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Richard Berry, Roy Milton, Pee Wee Crayton, Amos Milburn, Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers, Big Joe Turner, Johnny Otis, Charles Brown
Various ArtistsCrescent City Bounce - From Blues to R&B in New Orleans (06/26/07); remastered 4-CD box set features classics from Archibald, Roosevelt Sykes, Tommy Ridgley, Ernie K-Doe, Earl King, Little Sonny Jones, Lloyd Lambert, Roy Montrell, Bobby Marchan, and more
Wild MagnoliasThey Call Us Wild (06/26/07); re-issue
Jerry Lee LewisLive from Austin, Texas (06/26/07)
Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)Live from Austin, Texas (06/26/07)
Lil BoosieBad Azz Mixtape Vol. 2 (06/19/07)
Little Brother MontgomeryBlues (06/19/07)
Various ArtistsMusic from the South Vol. 10 - Been Here and Gone (06/19/07); field recordings from the 1950's includes Eureka Brass Band and New Orleans street performers; issued in conjunction with the book "Been Here and Gone by Frederic Ramsey, Jr.; see more "Music from the South" releases
DJ KhaledWe The Best (06/12/07); sophomore release from superstar Miami DJ and NOLA native; guests include Birdman, Lil' Wayne, Akon, Fat Joe, T.I., Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Plies, Jadakiss and The Game; includes hit single "I'm So Hood"
Various ArtistsNancy Drew - Music from the Motion Picture (06/12/07); soundtrack includes "All I Need" by Lafayette R&B crooner Cupid, plus tracks from Matthew Sweet, Liz Phair, The Donnas, Corinne Bailey Rae, and others
Robert PalmerSneakin' Sally Through The Alley (06/12/07); remastered import of the 1974 classic that featured backing from The Meters and Lowell George, and two Allen Toussaint covers; with bonus tracks
Bobby RushRaw (06/12/07)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongMillennium Collection - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (06/12/07); remastered budget priced collection
Buddy GuyVanguard Visionaries (06/12/07)
Various Artists (DVD)Hurricane on the Bayou (06/05/07); acclaimed documentary on South Louisiana's disappearing wetlands; Meryl Streep narrates; with Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier, Amanda Shaw, Allen Toussaint and Marva Wright
Lil' Wayne & Juelz SantanaWhen the North and South Collide (06/05/07)
King Louie & the Rough DiamondsMemphis Heat (06/05/07)
Faron YoungCountry Music Legends (05/31/07)
Zachary RichardLumiere dans le Noir (05/29/07); "songs inspired by hard times and hurricanes and by the courage and tenacity necessary to overcome"
ZebraNo Tellin's Lies / 3.V (05/29/07); reissue of two '80s classics by the NOLA metal rockers
Lil Boosie, Webbie, etc.Survival of the Fittest (05/22/07); features Lil' Boosie, Webbie, Foxx, Lil Phat, Souljah Boy, Big Head, Shell, Mouse, and more
Benjy Davis ProjectLimited Edition (05/22/07); new EP release; full CD due out in summer '07
Victor GoinesLove Dance (05/22/07)
Richard M. Jones & his Jazz WizardsGood Stuff (05/22/07)
Donald HarrisonKind of New (05/22/07); 2002 album features Carl Allen, Javon Jackson, Eric Reed, Vincente Archer, Kenny Barron and Christian Scott
Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)Greatest Live Performances (05/22/07); 19 unforgetable live performances from the '50s through the '70s; bonus footage includes interview with Jerry Lee
Telefon Tel AvivRemixes Compiled (05/15/07); collection of remixes culled from the last 7 years
Marva WrightAfter the Levees Broke (05/10/07); new from NOLA blues queen
Master PGhetto D - 10th Anniversary Edition (05/08/07)
Ivan Neville & DumpstaphunkListen Hear (2007); debut from NOLA funksters
TwangoramaTwangorama (2007); debut from acclaimed guitar collective of Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements and Phil deGruy
Leroy JonesSoft Shoe (2007); guests include John Boutte and Gregg Stafford; listen to tracks at myspace; read more about the album here; "Soft Shoe" is also available in digital format at
Lil Guyland LeDayBe My Girlfriend (04/24/07); debut solo CD from 9 year old Zydeco accordion wiz; in 2006, Guyland performed at Carnegie Hall, and he was featured in the HBO special, "The Music In Me"
Fats Domino (book)Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll (04/24/07); first ever bio of the New Orleans rock 'n' roll legend by a writer who obtained exclusive access to the reclusive artist (also available in hard cover)
Norman BrownStay With Me (04/24/07); new label for Grammy winning jazz guitarist; guests include Brian McKnight, Rick Braun and Kirk Whalum
Various ArtistsFor New Orleans (04/24/2007); features tracks from Jeff Buckley, Marshall Crenshaw, Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, Jayhawks, and many more; 100 percent of profits go to the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village
Various ArtistsPutumayo Presents: World Party (04/24/07); includes a track from the late Zydeco legend Beau Jocque
Various Artists (DVD)The Legendary Crooners (04/24/07); with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and more; includes Bing & Louis Armstrong performing "Now You Has Jazz"
Tyler ReadOnly Rock & Roll Can Save Us (04/17/07); debut CD from Shreveport rock quintet on Immortal Records label (home to Incubus and others); preview the CD at myspace
Moon InvadersBreakin' Free (04/17/07); old school ska and rocksteady from Brussels-based band fronted by editor's two sons; preview the CD at myspace
Various ArtistsBoogie Woogie Piano Vol 2 - The Boogie Woogie Craze 1938-1954 (04/17/07); Two CD set features Little Brother Montgomery, Champion Jack Dupree, Roosevelt Sykes, Paul Gayten, Fats Domino, and many others
Bob FrenchMarsalis Music Honors Bob French (04/10/07); with Bob French, Bill Huntington, Chris Severin, Ellen Smith, Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Branford Marsalis, and Harry Connick, Jr.
Alvin BatisteMarsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste (04/10/07); first recording in over a decade for the legendary clarinetist, composer and educator; CD also features Lawrence Field, Ricardo Rodriguez, Russell Malone, Ed Perkins, Herlin Riley, and Branford Marsalis
Eugene Hideaway BridgesEugene Hideaway Bridges (04/05/07); guests include Lucky Oceans, Ian Moss, Clayton Doley and Ray Wylie Hubbard
Kermit RuffinsLive at Vaughan's (04/03/07)
Bobby Rush (DVD)Live at Ground Zero Blues Club (04/03/07)
Roosevelt SykesThe Honeydripper's Ball (04/03/07)
Tim McGrawLet It Go (03/27/07); new 13-track set features two duets with Faith Hill; first single - "Last Dollar" - penned by Big Kenny of Big & Rich
Toussaint McCallNothing Takes The Place Of You (03/27/07)
Baby Boy da PrinceAcross The Water (03/20/07); limited edition version of debut album includes bonus DVD; features concert footage, interviews and behind the scenes clips from "The Way I Live" video shoot
Baby Boy da PrinceAcross The Water (03/20/07); West Bank rapper's major label debut for Universal Records; includes the hit single, "The Way I Live"; guests include Junie B., Reality, Marty D., Dappa and Lil Boosie; produced by Play-n-Skills and Mannie Fresh
Mute Math (DVD)Flesh and Bones - Electric Fun (03/20/07); concert video, plus bonus footage
C-MurderScreamin' 4 Vengeance (03/20/07); with guest appearances from Chamillionaire, Max Minelli, C Loc, LeToya, Slim Thug, Pimp C and Gillie Da Kid
Fats DominoThe Original Recordings (03/20/07); budget import features 25 Domino classics
Pine Leaf BoysBlues de Musicien (03/13/07); sophomore release from acclaimed Lafayette, LA band
Fats DominoSentimental Journey - Live at the University of New Orleans (03/13/07)
Kane & AbelAm I My Brothers Keeper - Part 2 (03/13/07); new release from twin hip-hop duo
Floyd CramerPop Classics - Volume 1 (03/13/07)
Mickey GilleyAt His Best - Volume 1 (03/13/07)
Various ArtistsStax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (03/13/07); Two CD digitally re-mastered set featuring all the major Stax & Stax/Atlantic hit singles; with tracks from Booker T. & The MGs, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Mable John, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Keys, Jean Knight, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, and more
Da BricklayazEveryday Livin Vol. 2 (03/06/07); new from Baton Rouge rappers; features their hit single "Gas Up"
Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)Last Man Standing Live (03/06/07); concert DVD features the "Killer" performing his hits with help from Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Wood, Tom Jones, Chris Isaak, Don Henley, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Ivan Neville and others
Fats Domino / Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)Fats & Friends (03/06/07); jam session of a lifetime as Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles strut their stuff at the historic Storyville night club in New Orleans in 1986; available on DVD for the first time, with bonusbehind the scenes footage
Wynton Marsalis QuintetFrom the Plantation to the Penitentiary (03/06/07); singer Jennifer Sanon featured on four tracks; CD also features a rare spoken-word vocal performance by Wynton on "Where Y'All At?"; Walter Blanding (reeds), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), and Ali Jackson (drums) round out the quintet
Various ArtistsThe Mercury New Orleans Sessions 1950 & 1953 (03/01/07); rare NOLA recordings by Alma Mondy (Alma Lollypop), Roy Byrd (Professor Longhair) & His Blues Jumpers, Theard Johnson, George Miller & His Mid Driffs, Little Joe Gaines, Dwine Craven, the Silvertone Singers, Herbert "Woo Woo" Moore, etc.
Various ArtistsHome of the Blues Volume 1 & 2 (03/01/07); import re-issue of two classic Minit albums, with tracks from Jessie Hill, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Diamond, and The Showmen
Various ArtistsWe Sing the Blues / New Orleans, Our Home Town (03/01/07); import re-issue of two classic albums from the 1960's, with tracks from Chris Kenner, Irma Thomas, Willie Harper, Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Benny Spellman, The Showmen, Eskew Reeder, Jessie Hill, Fats Domino, The Spiders, Shirley & Lee
Dash Rip RockHee Haw Hell (02/27/07); all new from the kings of southern country punk; guests include Mojo Nixon and Jello Biafra
B.G. & Chopper City BoyzWe Got This (02/27/07); featuring BGizzle with Sniper, VL Mike, Hakim (Hakizzle) and Gar; see clean version
Various ArtistsAn Introduction To New Orleans Rhythm & Blues (02/27/07); 15 remastered tracks; features Lee Dorsey, Warren Lee, Willie West, Maurice Williams, Bobby Marchan, Joe Haywood, Eldridge Holmes, Willie Harper, and Diamond Joe
Various ArtistsAn Introduction To Electric Blues Guitar (02/27/07); 15 remastered tracks; features cuts by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Buddy Guy, and others
Sidnet Bechet (DVD)Sidney Bechet - Treat It Gentle (02/27/07); biopic traces Bechet's journey from his birth in New Orleans to international stardom, with comments from Michael White, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Allen, and others
Red RockersSchizophrenic Circus (02/27/07); re-issue from 80's NOLA punk rockers
Doug KershawDoug Kershaw / Mama Kershaw's Boy (02/27/07); re-issue of two Kershaw classics
Doug KershawSwamp Grass / Douglas James Kershaw (02/27/07); re-issue of two Kershaw classics
Banu GibsonLet's Face the Music and Dance (02/20/07); Banu covers songs from the RKO films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Phillip WalkerGoing Back Home (02/20/07); Louisiana guitar slinger covers Lowell Fulson, Ray Charles, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin' Hopkins, Champion Jack Dupree, Frankie Lee Sims and others
Memphis Slim & Buddy GuySouthside Reunion (02/20/07); re-issue of 1972 WB album; recorded in Paris in 1970; the two blues legends are joined by Phillip Guy, Ernest Johnson, Roosevelt Shaw, A.C. Reed, Jimmy Conley and Junior Wells
Clarence Gatemouth BrownGate's on the Heat (02/20/07); re-issue
Lucinda WilliamsWest (02/13/07); singer-songwriter channels both her emotion and restive creative energy into a startling set of songs that touch on both darkness and redemption, "The songs deal with a chapter in my life... there’s a lot of pain and struggling, but it ends with a look towards the future," says Lu
Clarence WilliamsClarence Williams Jug & Washboard Bands - Whoop It Up! Vol. 1 (02/13/07); restored classics from 1927 - 1929
Jelly Roll MortonThe Library of Congress Recordings (02/06/07); highlights from Rounder Records' 8-CD set
Harry Connick, Jr.Oh, My Nola (01/30/07); Harry and his "big band" pay tribute to the Big Easy on new Sony release; a portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village
Harry Connick Jr.Chanson du Vieux Carre: Connick on Piano 3 (01/30/07); another tribute to New Orleans from Harry and his big band; mainly instrumental, with vocals on two tracks (Leroy Jones on "Bourbon Street Parade" & Lucien Barbarin on "Lucious"); a portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village
Dr. JohnIn The Night: Early Sessions of Dr. John (01/30/07)
Sidney BechetPre-War Classic Sides (01/30/07); 4-CD box set (97 tracks) from New Orleans sax and clarinet legend
Crowbar (DVD)Live: With Full Force (01/23/07); NOLA metal rockers captured live at the With Full Force festival in Germany
Papa MaliDo Your Thing (01/23/07); guests include Kirk Joseph, Henry Butler, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, and Victoria Williams
Various ArtistsCrescent City Soul Patrol - 22 Dancefloor Sounds from New Orleans (01/23/07); with tracks from Tavasco, Wallace Johnson, Daisy Burris, Tony Owens, Willie West, and more
Kenny Wayne Shepherd


10 Days Out - Blues From The Backroads (01/09/07); documentary features Kenny with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bryan Lee, B.B. King, Buddy Flett, Hubert Sumlin, Jerry McCain, Cootie Stark, Neal Pattman, John Dee Holman, Etta Baker, Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend, Henry Gray, Calvin "Fuzz Jones, Wild Child Butler, and more; set includes documentary DVD and live CD; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation; read more on "Ten Days Out"
Al HirtAn Introduction to Al Hirt (01/09/07); 16 classics from the late trumpet virtuoso, including "Java", "Boy Meets Horn", "Bourbon Street Parade", "Tenderly", etc.
Sqad UpWe Here Now (01/09/07); new release from NOLA rap quartet featuring Nutt Da Kidd, Gudda, Yung Yo and Supa Blanco
Various ArtistsJuke Joint Soul! (01/09/07); 18 remastered deep soul jewels; includes tracks from Toussaint McCall and Tommy Ridgley
Marva WrightDo Right Woman (01/09/07); remastered release of Marva's classic 2nd album from 1993
Little WalterStray Dog Blues (01/09/07); new collection of blues legend's greatest performances
Various (DVD)When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts (12/19/06); Spike Lee's HBO doc on NOLA after Hurricane Katrina; with Gov. Blanco, Mayor Nagin, Wynton Marsalis, Soledad O'Brien, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Sylvester Francis (Backstreet Cultural Museum); Bennie Pete & Harry "Swamp Thang" Cook (of Hot 8 Brass Band), Garland Robinette, ex-NOPD Chief Eddie Compass, and others; DVD extras include expanded interview footage with survivors & rescuers, photo montage set to Terence Blanchard's score, Spike Lee commentary, etc.
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