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2010 Music Releases
Professor Longhair No Buts, No Maybes (12/28); a best-of collection with tracks recorded from 1949 - 1957
Sissy Nobby Bounce Out - The Hitz (2006 to 2010) (12/27); 16 New Orleans bounce classics (MP3 digital album)
Clifton Chenier Clifton Chenier in New Orleans (12/22); reissue from 1979
Balfa & Schwarz Les Quatre Vieux Garcons (12/21); Smithsonian Folkways recording from 1984 featuring Dewey Balfa, Tony Balfa, Tracy Schwarz and Peter Schwarz
Dewey Balfa & Tracy Schwarz Traditional Cajun Fiddle Instruction (12/21) 1975 recording by Smithsonian Folkways; learn Cajun style from 2 fiddle masters
Various Artists Zydeco Dance Party (12/17); reissue from 1994 w/ Myrick "Freeze" Guillory, Queen Ida, Al Rapone, Clifton Chenier and Rockin' Dopsie; MP3 download also available
Rebirth Brass Band Do It Again (12/16); new MP3 single from the band's upcoming release on Basin Street Records, "Rebirth of New Orleans"
Ned Parkhouse Remembering New Orleans (12/15); reissue by the pianist, composer and NOLA native (1923-2009)
George Porter Jr. Christmas in New Orleans - A Tribute to My Mother (12/15); funky new holiday release (MP3 download)
Jackie LeeThe Duck (12/14); reissue from 1965; Jackie Lee was actually Lake Charles, LA native Earl Nelson (1928-2008) - who also had hits with the Hollywood Flames ("Buzz, Buzz, Buzz"), and as half of the duo Bob & Earl ("Harlem Shuffle")
Various Artists New Orleans Jazz: The Twenties (12/14); tracks from the Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Piron's New Orleans Orchestra, Brownlee's Orchestra of New Orleans, Johnny Bayersdorffer and his Jazzola Novelty Orchestra, Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight, Sam Morgan's Jazz Band, Fate Marable'e Society Syncopators, Billy Mack & Mary Mack with Punch Miller, Johnny DeDroit & his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Albert Brunies & his Half Way House Orchestra, Anthony Parenti & his Famous Melody Boys, The Arcadian Serenaders, New Orleans Owls, Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, John Hyman's Bayou Stompers, Johnny Miller's New Orleans Frolickers, Monk Hazel & his Bienville Roof Orchestra, and the Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight
Various ArtistsWe Are The World / United In Song (12/07); MP3 digital compilation with proceeds going to USA For Africa; 14 tracks, plus the original recording of "We Are The World"; includes Shamarr Allen's "Only In America" plus cuts by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Angelique Kidjo, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, G. Love & Special Sauce, and others
Lawrence WalkerThe Essential Collection (12/07); 22 essential recordings from the late Cajun accordionist & songwriter
Various Artists (DVD)America's Music Legacy: Dixieland Jazz (12/07); features performances by Delia Reese, Teddy Buckner, Al Hirt, Woody Herman, Irma Thomas, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Guarnieri, Eubie Blake, and others; hosted by Al Hirt
Krown, Batiste & WashingtonTriple Threat (12/05); latest from the trio of Joe Krown, Russell Batiste Jr. and Walter "Wolfman" Washington (MP3)
Slow Drag Productions (MP3)SDP Presents ReBirth ReVisited (11/30); Rebirth Brass Band tracks remixed by Rebirth tenor sax man Vincent Broussard
Tim McGrawNumber 1 Hits (11/30); slated to be McGraw's final album for Curb Records; 2 CD set with 22 of McGraw's chart-topping singles
VA - The Music of New Orleans (MP3)Vol. 1: The Music of the Streets / The Music of Mardi Gras (11/30); series from Smithsonian Folkways now available on MP3 - volume one features vegetable peddlers, street evangelist Dora Alexander, a shoe shine boy, Frank Arnica, Snooks Eaglin, Mardi Gras Indian chants, street performers, brass bands, and more; recorded between 1954 - 1958; see liner notes
VA - The Music of New Orleans (MP3)Vol. 2: Music of the Eureka Brass Band (11/30); 1958 recordings with Percy Humphrey, Willie Pajeaud, George "Kid Shiek" Colar, Sonny Henry, Joseph "Red" Clark, Albert Warner, Manuel Paul, Ruben Roddy, Alfred Williams and Robert Lewis; see liner notes
VA - The Music of New Orleans (MP3)Vol. 3: Music of the Dance Halls (11/30); recordings from the early 1950's with Billie Pierce, Dee Dee Pierce, Charlie Love, Kid Thomas, Emile Barnes, Lawrence Tocca, Kid Clayton, and others; see liner notes
VA - The Music of New Orleans (MP3)Vol. 4: The Birth of Jazz (11/30); interviews and performance from early 1950's - with Louis Keppard, Charlie Love, Harrison Barnes, Emile Barnes, Billy Huntington and H.J. Boiusseau; see liner notes
VA - The Music of New Orleans (MP3)Vol. 5: New Orleans Jazz: The Flowering (11/30); interviews & performances from the early 1950's - with Punch Miller, Tony Parenti, Emile Barnes, Peter Bocage, Eddie Dawson, Eureka Brass Band with George Lewis, Billie and Dee Dee Pierce, and Kid Clayton's Band with Albert Burbank; see liner notes
Los Po-Boy-CitosBrand New Dance (11/26); MP3 - second release of Latin soul from popular NOLA band
Lovey DoviesLovey Dovies (11/23); MP3 - self-titled debut from New Orleans alt-rock band
haarpThe Filth (11/23); debut full length release from NOLA metal rockers on Housecore Records; produced by Philip Anselmo; also available on vinyl
PanteraCowboys From Hell - Ultimate Edition - 3 CDs (11/23); includes remastered version of original album along with unreleased & rare live performances from the "Cowboys From Hell" Tour; 3rd disc features previously unreleased "The Will To Survive," along with demos for 10 of the album's 12 songs
Curren$yPilot Talk II (11/23); 2nd release this year from the NOLA rapper
Fats DominoMillion Sellers by Fats, Vol 1 & Vol 2 (11/23); collection of Fats' classics
Tabi BonneyFresh (11/23); latest from Togo born / D.C. based rapper; production by Kokayi, Jon Redwine and Nesby Phips; guests include Curren$y, Pusha T, Wale and Raheem DeVaughn
Sam HenryTreme Soul: New Orleans Gumbo (11/23); NOLA keyboard great (see NOLA funk pioneers Sam & The Soul Machine) with guests Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Gary Brown and Ray Benson
Kevin GordonSalvage and Drift - collection of previously unreleased live, studio and home recordings from 1994 to 2009
The WidowersCentral Discount (11/16); 2nd EP from Baton Rouge alt-rock band
GenerationalsTrust (11/16); digital 4-song EP from rising indie pop trio for Park The Van Records; recorded in Austin, TX with Bill Baird; available @ iTunes on Oct. 9th; watch the video for "Trust"
Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' CajunsYour New CD (11/16)
Various ArtistsLouisiana Swamp Stomp (11/16); with tracks by Percy Sledge, Larry Garner, Dwayne Dopsie, Lil' Buck Senegal, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Freddie King, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, David Egan, Charlene Howard, Buddy Flett, Sonny Landreth and Omar Coleman - proceeds benefit the Northern Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Foundation
Joe AdragnaFall Back (11/13); latest from singer, songwriter & performer AKA The Junior League
Soul Rebels Brass BandNothing But Love (11/10); new digital EP from the Rebels
BeauSoleilCajun Conja (11/10); reissue of Grammy-nominated album from 1991 on Rhino Records album
Aaron NevilleI Know I've Been Changed (11/09); 13 timeless Gospel songs produced by Joe Henry with Allen Toussaint on piano
Harry Connick Jr.Triple Feature (11/09); three CDs at one low price - includes "20" (1988), "25" (1992) and "30" (2001)
Various ArtistsTrill Fam: All or Nothing (11/09); featuring Lil Boosie, Webbie, Lil Trill, and the whole Trill Entertainment family
Various Artists (DVD)Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 (11/09); features Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, John Mayer, Keb Mo, James Burton, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, and many more
Various ArtistsCoal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (11/09); with covers by Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Allison Moorer, Paramore, Reba, Carrie Underwood, The White Stripes, Lucinda Williams, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack
Prom Date Clock Out (11/06); debut from Baton Rouge indie pop/rock quintet
Ray Ganucheau Ray Ganucheau and Bande Le Rois (11/05); debut solo release from singer & songwriter (and former member of Continental Drifters); with John Ginty, Bob Glaub, Don Heffington, Lisa Germano and Sebastian Stienberg
Cassandra Wilson Silver Pony (11/05); portions of album from jazz chanteuse were recorded at Piety Street Recording Studio with co-production from John Fischbach; backing band on NOLA sessions includes Marvin Sewell, Jonathan Batiste, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley and Lekan Babalola
Book Their Love of Music (11/05); photographer Stephen Azzato sits down with 117 singers, songwriters and musicians to capture the essence of their creative spirit on camera and on the page; local artists featured include Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, Ian Neville, Ivan Neville, Lonnie Brooks, Nick Daniels III, Terrance Simien, Theresa Andersson & Tony Hall
Sharkey BonanoDixieland Jazz Classics (11/04) - MP3 download - 33 tracks from the late, great trumpeter and bandleader
Neville BrothersAuthorized Bootleg - Warfield Theatre - San Francisco, February 27, 1989 (11/02); double CD
7 Walkers7 Walkers (11/02); debut for band founded by Papa Mali and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann; album also features George Porter Jr. and Matt Hubbard, plus a guest appearance by Willie Nelson; also available on vinyl; read more
Buckwheat ZydecoBuckwheat Zydeco's Bayou Boogie (11/02); new release for children's music label Music for Little People features the Grammy-winning ambassador of Zydeco in a family dance party collection from the bayou featuring Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Aaron Nigel-Smith and Maria Muldaur
Paul GaytenAin't Nothin' Happenin' (11/02); 30 track compilation of "cool jump blues" from 1947-1957; features Annie Laurie, Larry Darnell, Mr. Google Eyes, Lee Allen, Charles "Hungry" Williams, and others
Various ArtistsDJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland Present: New Orleans Funk Experience (11/02); 24 rare funk & soul gems w/ tracks by Eddie Bo, Gus "The Groove" Lewis, Bobby Williams Group, Oliver Morgan, Roger & the Gypsies, Chris Kenner, Eskew Reeder, Benny Spellman, Huey "Piano" Smith, Larry Darnell, David Batiste & The Gladiators, Lee Dorsey, Warren Lee, and more
Norah JonesFeaturing Norah Jones (11/02); 18 track compilation of Norah's best duets, with guests Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, OutKast, Ryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Foo Fighters, Belle & Sebastian, and others
Consortium of Genius Music For Supervillains (10/31)
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Down on the Bayou II: Live Jam from New Orleans (10/29); concert taped at Howlin' Wolf on April 29, 2010 featuring Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Papa Mali, Bill Kreutzmann, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary, Christine Ohlman, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson & many more - proceeds from sales of the album benefit the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation to support its vital New Orleans Musicians' Clinic
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Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 1 (10/26); with tracks from John Boutte, Trombone Shorty & James Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Kermit Ruffins, Soul Rebels Brass Band & John Mooney, Free Agents Brass Band, Tom McDermott & Lucia Micarelli, Donald Harrison, Irma Thomas & Allen Toussaint, and more; MP3 Download will be released on September 28, 2010
Kermit RuffinsHappy Talk (10/26); new Basin Street Records release from NOLA trumpeter and star of HBO's "Treme" - here's a free MP3 download of "I Got a Treme Woman" from the new album; see press release
Buddy GuyLiving Proof (10/26); latest from the blues legend features collaborations with B.B. King and Carlos Santana - * Grammy nominee *
Wynton Marsalis & JLCO Vitoria Suite (10/19); 2CD / 1DVD; new 12-part work from Wynton features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Paco De Lucia and Chano Dominguez
Pine Leaf BoysBack Home (10/19); new release for Valcour Records from the three-time Grammy nominees - * Grammy nominee *
LiL Pookie & The Zydeco Sensations Just Want To Be Me (10/19); 15 new tracks from the Opelousas, LA Zydeco rocker
Various ArtistsThe Rounder Records Story (10/19); 4-CD box set covers Rounder's 40 year history; with cuts from Balfa Brothers, D. L. Menard, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Buckwheat Zydeco, Professor Longhair, BeauSoleil, James Booker, Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Adams, Beau Jocque, Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias, and many more
Various Artists (DVD)America's Music Legacy: Country & Western (10/19); performances recorded between 1983-85; features Jerry Lee Lewis, Doug Kershaw, Patti Page, Moe Bandy, and others
Various Artists (DVD)America's Music Legacy: Gospel (10/19); performances recorded between 1983-85; features Linda Hopkins, Andrae Crouch, and others; includes vintage footage of Mahalia Jackson
Lil WayneI Am Not A Human Being (10/12); new tracks from Weezy; MP3 digital version will be released on Sept 27th
MuteMathArmistice Live - DVD & CD (10/12); live CD with 13 songs + DVD with 90 minutes of concert footage and bonus extras; concert was recorded at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia, during the Fall 2009 Armistice Tour (more)
Arson AnthemInsecurity Notoriety (10/12); full length debut from NOLA hard core rockers; band line-up includes Philip Anselmo, Mike IX Williams, Hank Williams III, and Collin Yeo; released by Anselmo's Housecore Records label
TetrafusionAltered State (10/12); second release from Shreveport progressive metal rockers and first for Nightmare Records
Cedric Watson et Bijoux CreoleCreole Moon - Live from Blue Moon Saloon (10/12); with guests Morikeba Kouyate and Dickie Landry - * Grammy nominee *
LeRouxThe Session Years (10/12); LeRoux with vocalist Carl Michaels; features 9 tracks recorded in 1981 plus 2 new tracks
Various ArtistsAce Story, Volume 2 (10/12); reissue of Ace Records collection features cuts by Frankie Ford, Eddie Bo, Bobby Marchan, Lloyd Price, Jimmy Clanton, Joe Dyson, Little Shelton, and more
Trace AdkinsThe Definitive Greatest Hits (10/12); 28 tracks spanning Adkins' 15-year career
Craig Paddock Merci (10/11); new from the NOLA singer, songwriter & guitarist
We Landed On The MoonThis Will Be One for the Books (10/10); 3rd release from Baton Rouge indie pop/rock band
Al Berard Cajun ComboAl Berard Cajun Combo at Folk Alliance (10/06); captured live at the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN on 2/19/10 (MP3 download)
Morella & the Wheels Of IfShipwrecked (10/06); debut album
BGHollyhood (10/05); follow up to "Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood", with guests Chopper City Boyz, Juvenile, Bun B, Trey Songz, Magnolia Chop, Maal The Pimp, Magnolia Boyz, Lady Dolla, and more
Dennis McGeeHimself (10/05); never before released field recordings from the late Cajun fiddle legend; recorded at McGee's house in 1975 by Gerard Dole
DownDiary of a Mad Band (10/05); 2 CDs / 1 DVD; 130 minute DVD documents the 2006 return of Down from the practice room through their first European tour; 2 CDs feature a never-before-released concert recorded in London; a vinyl version will be released on 10/25
Louis ArmstrongHello, Louis! The Hit Years (1963-1969) (10/05); 2-CD set includes three classic Satchmo albums: Hello, Dolly!; Mame; and What A Wonderful World; plus rare bonus tracks - read more
Huey "Piano" SmithJust Clownin' (More Of The Best) (10/05)
NeslortMystical Scam (10/01); more alt-jazz from band featuring Rick Trolsen, Tim Robertson, Larry Sieberth, Matt Perrine, Boyanna Trayanova and Kyle Cripps
Video from HBO's "Treme"Skokiaan by Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers (10/01); watch preview at iTunes
Video from HBO's "Treme"Meanwhile by Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (10/01); watch preview at iTunes
Video from HBO's "Treme"Homage a Poullard by Pine Leaf Boys & Lucia Micarelli (10/01); watch preview at iTunes
Video from HBO's "Treme"At the Foot of Canal Street by John Boutte, Glen David Andrews, Paul Sanchez and New Birth Brass Band (10/01); watch preview at iTunes
Video from HBO's "Treme"Drinka Little Poison (4 U Die) by John Mooney & Soul Rebels Brass Band (10/01); watch preview at iTunes
Video from HBO's "Treme"Time Is On My Side by Irma Thomas, Dave Bartholemew & Allen Toussaint (10/01); watch preview at iTunes
Sam ReySam Rey (EP); new folk-blues project from long time Bluerunners frontman Mark Meaux
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Treme: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 1 (09/28); with tracks from John Boutte, Trombone Shorty & James Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Kermit Ruffins, Soul Rebels Brass Band & John Mooney, Free Agents Brass Band, Tom McDermott & Lucia Micarelli, Donald Harrison, Irma Thomas & Allen Toussaint, and more; Compact Disk will be released on October 25, 2010 - * Grammy nominee *
Kenny Wayne ShepherdLive in Chicago (09/28); taped at Chicago's House of Blues during the "10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads" tour; w/ guests Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Buddy Flett and Bryan Lee- * Grammy nominee *
Sole FreshPeace, Love and Overweight Babies (09/28); MP3 download; debut from New Orleans hip-hop duo was produced by Mannie Fresh
Tony Joe WhiteThe Shine (09/28); ten new White-penned songs that lays bare his rich, nuanced baritone, and distinctive brand of swampy southern soul; White produced and recorded the album in his home studio outside Nashville
Various ArtistsLouisiana Cajun and Creole Music: The Newport Field Recordings (09/28); 27 tracks, recorded from 1964-67; featuring the Balfa Brothers, Bois-Sec Ardoin & Canray Fontenot, Austin Pitre, and Adam and Cyprien Landreneau; includes 84 page PDF book of lyric transcriptions and extensive notes
Lil BoosieIncarcerated (09/28); new Asylum Records release by the jailed rapper; guests include Webbie, Foxx, Lil Trill, Lil Phat, Big Head, Shell and Mouse on Tha Track
Kane & AbelBack On Money (09/28); first new release in 7 years from former No Limit Records duo; guests include BG, Yung Joc, Lil Boosie, Max Minelli, Bun B, Juelz Santana, Bobby Valentino
Eric ClaptonClapton (09/28); new LP from Slowhand features guests Doyle Bramhall II, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, J.J. Cale and Derek Trucks
Various Artists (DVD)The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts (09/28); special aired on HBO; with Aretha Franklin, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Mick Jagger, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and more
Lil WayneI Am Not A Human Being (09/27); MP3 download; Weezy celebrates his 28th birthday by dropping a new digital album recorded before going into the slammer; compact disc version will be released on October 12th
Louisiana Ca$hP.W.A. (09/26); debut from up & coming rap star; guests include Dorrough, Kiotti, Fat B, Klassik Jones and JM of Young Problemz
Sun HotelCoast (09/24); debut full length album
Brass BedMelt White (09/21); new LP from Lafayette, LA pop/rock band on Park The Van Records was recorded in Austin, TX with Danny Reisch
Various ArtistsBeginners Guide to New Orleans (09/21); 3-CD compilation covers trad jazz, r&b, rock, funk, brass band, and more
Imagination MoversIn a Big Warehouse (09/21); latest from Disney Channel stars & America's favorite alt-rock band for kids
Lead BellyAll Time Greatest Performances (09/21); 18 classics from the folk legend
Carl FontanaThe Fifties (09/21); rare tracks from the late great trombonist
BeauSoleil avec Michael DoucetLive & Swampitized (09/17); Cajun music legends captured live at MerleFest 2009 (MP3 download)
John TrahanMy Louisiana (09/16); guests include D.L. Menard and Michael Doucet
PanteraCowboys From Hell - Deluxe Edition - 3 CDs (09/14); includes remastered version of original album along with unreleased & rare live performances from the "Cowboys From Hell" Tour; 3rd disc features previously unreleased "The Will To Survive," along with demos for 10 of the album's 12 songs
PanteraCowboys From Hell - Expanded Edition - 2 CDs (09/14); remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the "Cowboys From Hell" Tour
Kenny NealHooked On Your Love (09/14)
Louis ArmstrongPlaylist: The Very Best of Louis Armstrong (09/14)
Bobby Mitchell & the ToppersRack 'em Back (09/14)
Sidney Bechet & Buck ClaytonIn Concert at the Brussels Fair 1958 (09/14); reissue
Various ArtistsPutumayo Presents: Yoga (09/14); includes a cut by NOLA yoga instructor and musician Sean Johnson; Johnson served as co-curator of the CD and also wrote the liner notes
Jerry Lee LewisMean Old Man (09/07); The Killer is still rockin' at age 74 - guests include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Eric Clapton, James Burton, John Mayer, Ringo Starr, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Slash, Sheryl Crow and many more; standard version features 10 tracks; a deluxe version of the album features 18 tracks (see press release)
Zachary RichardLe Grand Gosier / Le Pelican (09/07); 2 track digital single - all proceeds go to Gulf Aid Acadiana
Lakeside GamblersLa Valse d'Hommage (09/07); debut release from Louisiana roots music band based in Lake Charles
Eden BrentAin't Got No Troubles (09/07); acclaimed release from the Mississippi Delta singer & pianist; recorded at Piety Street Studios with George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary & others
Various ArtistsThe King R&B Box Set (09/07); with cuts from Professor Longhair, Dave Bartholomew, Roy Brown, Lonnie Johnson, and many more
Various ArtistsOn My Way Back Home (09/05); features tracks from Detroit Brooks, John Boutte, Dr. Michael White, Chuck Perkins, Donald Harrison, Bamboula 2000, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jesse Boyd, Shaka Zulu and Joe Dyson
DJ Mike SwiftBack It Up (08/31); single features 9th Ward Gucci and Na'Tee; bonus track "One Song" features Lyrikill and Co. Rich
The VettesPlasticville (08/31); debut full length album
Amanda ShawGood Southern Girl (08/31); fiddle phenom's latest release issued on Irvin Mayfield's label Poorman-Mayfield Records; produced by Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker
Sammy KershawBetter Than I Used to Be (08/31); latest from Sammy includes a duet with Jamey Johnson
Various ArtistsGet You A Healin' - Special Anniversary Re-Release (08/31); digital only re-issue of the 1999 New Orleans Musicians' Clinic benefit album with bonus tracks; with The Gyptians, Coco Robicheaux, Tiny Town, Funky Meters, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Wardell Quezergue, Bonerama, B.B. King, The Tin Men, Subdudes, Richard Thompson, George Porter Jr. & more - buy @ iTunes
K. GatesThe Shaikback (08/31); debut full length from NOLA rapper Kwame Gates, the man behind the hit New Orleans Saints anthem "Black and Gold (Who Dat!)"
Twin Killers Lemon Heart Opera (08/28); debut EP from Baton Rouge progressive rock band
Plink FloydNickels and Diamonds (08/27); fusion banjo from Lee "Plink" Floyd; backed by a slew of New Orleans' finest including Matt Perrine, Doug Belote, Michael Skinkus, Tom McDermott, Jerry Embree, Meschiya Lake, many more
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk Everybody Want Sum - great new album from Dumpstaphunk; with guests Eric Krasno and the Groovline Horns
Sammy Naquin & The Zydeco Whips Big Dog Little Dog (08/25)
Dylan LeBlanc Paupers Field (08/24); acclaimed debut from young Shreveport singer & songwriter
Various ArtistsDear New Orleans (08/24); digital only album benefits Sweet Home New Orleans and Gulf Restoration Network; with tracks from My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Mike Mills, Tom Morello, The Wrens, OK Go, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wayne Kramer, Flobots, Mirah, Bonerama and many more
The Marsalis FamilyMusic Redeems (08/24); live album taped at The Kennedy Center in 2009; features Ellis Marsalis with sons Branford on saxophone, Wynton on trumpet, Delfeayo on trombone, Jason on drums, poet Ellis III, and special guest Harry Connick Jr.; proceeds benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center For Music in New Orleans (read more)
Various ArtistsSehorn's Soul Farm - 50 New Orleans Soul Classics (08/24); two rare compilations from Allen Toussaint's Sansu label; w/ Benny Spellman, Aaron Neville, Earl King, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Betty Harris, Willie West, Danny White, Ironing Board Sam, Willie Harper, Curley Moore, Zilla Mayes, Eldridge Holmes, Diamond Joe, and more
Various ArtistsGoing the Distance (08/24); movie soundtrack with cuts from Generationals ("Either Way"), Airborne Toxic Event, The Replacements, Band of Skulls, Cat Power, The Boxer Rebellion, Eels, Georgie James & others
Horace TrahanKeep Walking (08/23); 16 new tracks from the Cajun & Zydeco accordionist, singer, songwriter and Ossun Express frontman
BookFrom Staple Guns to Thumbtacks: Flyer Art from the 1982-1995 New Orleans Punk & Hardcore Scene (08/19)
Trace AdkinsCowboy's Back in Town (08/17); Trace's debut for Toby Keith's new Show Dog Nashville label; deluxe version includes 4 bonus tracks
Benjy Davis ProjectThe Angie House / More Than Local (08/17); low priced 2-CD package of BPD's first two indie releases
Smiley with a KnifeLong Now (08/17); MP3 digital album; 2nd release from NOLA indie rockers
Andy J. Forest NOtown Story: The Triumph of Turmoil (08/16); latest from blues harp man features Jack Cole, David Hyde and Allyn Robinson, plus guests Sean C, Mike Hood, Bart Ramsey and Washboard Chaz
T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco BandDoin' the Crabwalk (08/15)
Buddy GuyThe Blues Biography (08/10)
Dr. John & the Lower 911Tribal (08/03); latest batch of swamp funk features guest appearances by Allen Toussaint, Derek Trucks, Donald Harrison and the late Bobby Charles; Lower 911 band features Herman "Roscoe" Ernest III, David Barard, John Fohl and Kenneth "Afro" Williams - * Grammy nominee *
Dax RiggsSay Goodnight To The World (08/03); new release for Fat Possum Records
Dash Rip RockCall of the Wild (08/03); 15th album from the New Orleans rockers on Jello Biafra's record label, Alternative Tentacles
Louis ArmstrongThe Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection (08/03)
Thou Summit (08/03); 3rd full length album from doom metal rockers
Various ArtistsNew Orleans Bounce Essentials (08/03); with cuts by DJ Jubilee, 5th Ward Weebie, Katey Red, Kilo, Hotboy Ronald, 10th Ward Buck, Faster Boyz, Elm Boy Peg, Gotty Boi Chris, Ha-Sizzle, Monsta Wit Da Fade, Sissy Nobby, Chev Off Da Ave, MC Shakie & Hot Boy Johnny, and more
Flow TribeNow Ya Know (08/02); NOLA funk rockers captured live at Tipitina's
Jake EckertRoll On (08/01); debut solo release from Dirty Dozen Brass Band guitarist; guests include George Porter Jr., Dirty Dozen, Kirk Joseph, Lee Thornburg, Travis Carlton and Terence Higgins
Wolves, Where?TheCamelTheLionTheChild (07/30); debut release from NOLA rock band
Jamal BatisteThe Unorthodox Drummer: Just Jamal (07/29); latest from NOLA drummer and member of famed Batiste Family; guests include Leo Nocentelli, Irvin Mayfied, Bill Summers
BeauSoleil avec Michael DoucetLaissez Les Bons Temps Rouler (07/27); live retrospective with previously unreleased songs
Various ArtistsClassic Sounds of New Orleans (07/27); 26 track CD from Smithsonian Folkways includes street vendors, brass bands, churcjhes and more; with Eureka Brass Band, Snooks Eaglin, Lonnie Johnson, Billie & Dee Dee Pierce, Kid Clayton, Doc Paulin's Marching Band, and more
Gudda GuddaBack 2 Guddaville (07/27); latest mixtape from the Young Money Entertainment rapper
Champion Jack DupreeTwo Classic Albums Plus 40s & 50s Singles (07/27); 2 reissues from the New Orleans piano legend - "Blues from the Gutter" (1958) and "Natural and Soulful Blues" (1961) - plus singles available on CD for the first time
The ParishionersPutting the Past to Rest (07/26); debut album from NOLA rock band
Tarik HassanTarik Hassan (07/25); self-titled debut album from NOLA jazz bassist; with Austin Johson, Rex Gregory, Johnaye Kendrick and Simon Lott
Bradley BridgesKill the Bottle (07/26); debut album from Rayville, LA singer & songwriter
12 StonesThe Only Easy Day Was Yesterday (07/20); new 5-track EP for Wind-Up Records; first single - "We Are One" - available for download now
Lillian AxeDeep Red Shadows (07/20); 10th album and debut for new label Love & War Records; guest appearance by Ty Tabor of King's X
Chubby CarrierZydeco Junkie (07/20); new from Chubby and the Bayou Swamp Band with guests Jamie Bergeron and Geno Delafose - * Grammy nominee *
Various ArtistsWhere Y'At? - Ultimate Black & Gold Party! (07/20); collection of Saints anthems plus a few NOLA classics
Chocolate MilkWe're All In This Together / Milky Way (07/20); 2 reissues (from 1977 & 1979) on 1 CD
Lil Wayne (DVD)Rebirth - The Videos (07/13); DVD with all videos from Weezy's "Rebirth" album
Curren$yPilot Talk (07/13); latest freom the Hot Spitta
Louis ArmstrongStandards: Great Songs/Great Performances (07/13); 8 classics from Pops at bargain price
Benjy Davis ProjectPaper Trails (07/12); Amazon MP3 exclusive from BDP
Jean-EricGet It (07/10); debut from New Orleans based band for new local label DNO Records (from the Defend New Orleans folks)
Various ArtistsNobody Knows Nothin' (07/08); a musical response to the Gulf oil disaster with proceeds benefiting Gulf Aid; features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Susan Cowsill, Craig Klein, Margie Perez, Gregory Menoher, Mark McGrain, Bill Lynn, John Boutte and Paul Sanchez
Potent BathersEP Ominous! (07/08); debut release from the musical duo of CJ Solomon and Beth Patterson
Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless KnightsBlack Coffee (07/06); band's second release of blues, jazz and swing for Memphis International Records
Kevin Naquin & the Ossun PlayboysCravin' Cajun (07/06); latest from the Cajun accordionist
Acid BathPaegan Terrorism Tactics (07/06); remastered reissue - vinyl release also available
Jerry Lee LewisEssential Sun Records Country Hits (07/06)
JuvenileBeast Mode (07/06); latest from Juve
Bobby CharlesSee You Later, Alligator (07/01); Bear Family salutes the late songwriter with a complete collection of his Chess recordings
Yvette LandryShould Have Known (06/29); solo debut from founding member of Bonsoir Catin; with backing from members of Red Stick Ramblers, River Road, and The Wilders
Meschiya LakeLucky Devil (06/29); great release from Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns Jazz Band; guests include Tom McDermott, Aurora Nealand and Neti Vaan
IwrestledabearonceIt's All Happening (06/29); 2 CD + DVD Remix Edition includes the original "It's All Happening" album release + a remixed version of the album, and a DVD with studio reports, tour journals, promo footage, videos, and more - catch the Shreveport hard rockers on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour (July 20 through August 15th)
Jimmy Webb Just Across The River (06/29); hit songwriter Webb ("By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman") revisits his most famous songs with an all-star cast of guests including Jackson Browne, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther and Lucinda Williams
Various Artists (DVD)All That Jazz: From New Orleans to New York (06/29); features profiles and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Freddie Keppard, Bunk Johnson, Clarence Williams, Sydney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and many others
Wilson & Moore Side by Side (06/25); New Orleans Musicians' Village neighbors Chip Wilson and Jesse Moore team up in their first musical collaboration; produced by Anders Osborne for Threadhead Records
Wynton Marsalis & Richard GallianoFrom Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac (06/22); accordion virtuoso Galliano joins the Wynton Marsalis Quintet at the 2008 Marciac Festival
Norman BrownSending My Love (06/22); latest from Grammy winning jazz guitarist and Shreveport, LA native
Rex GregoryAn End to Oblivion (06/17); debut from the jazz saxophonist and composer also features Simon Lott, Gordon Au, Johnaye Kendrick, James Westfall, Austin Johnson, Brian Coogan and Peter Harris
Gulf Aid AllStarsIt Ain't My Fault (06/15); updated version of the Smokey Johnson classic features Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tim Robbins; proceeds benefit the Gulf Relief Foundation
Happy Talk BandStarve A Fever (06/15); 3rd release from the NOLA rockers
Various ArtistsThe Best of New Latin Quarter: Jazz & Blues Collection Volume 1 (06/15); recently discovered recordings from the famed Tokyo jazz club; with cuts by Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Keely Smith, Nancy Wilson, Harry James, Patti Page, The Mills Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr. and more
Various ArtistsPlaying For Change Live (06/15); CD + DVD captures the Playing For Change Band (including Grandpa Elliott) live on their 2009 world tour; guests include Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley and Keb' Mo'
Various ArtistsAll My Friends Are Here (06/15); last recording from legendary producer Arif Mardin who passed away in 2006; with Bette Midler, Barry Gibb, Chaka Khan, Dianne Reeves, Carly Simon, Norah Jones, Dr. John, Willie Nelson & more
Drake Thank Me Later (06/15); Canadian rap star's debut album, on the Young Money / Cash Money label; guests include Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, T.I., The Dream, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne
Kevin Rudolf To The Sky (06/15); sophmore relase from hip hop rocker w/ guests Jay Sean, Flo Rida, Three 6 Mafia, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and Cash Money Records label mates Birdman and Lil Wayne
Elvin Bishop Red Dog Speaks (06/15); w/ guests Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Nemeth, Roy Gaines, Kid Andersen and Buckwheat Zydeco
FeufolletEn Couleurs (06/08) - * Grammy nominee *
Evan ChristopherThe Remembering Song (06/08); jazz clarinetist is joined by Bucky Pizzarelli, James Chirillo and Greg Cohen
Forever Jones Get Ready (06/08); acclaimed debut from the Shreveport, Louisiana based Jones Family Gospel band
Kingdom of SorrowBehind The Blackest Tears (06/08); new release from band featuring Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down, Crowbar)
Louis ArmstrongOriginal Album Classics (06/08); 5-CD box set from Sony Masterworks includes "The Great Chicago Concert 1956"
Guitar Slim Jr.Brought Up The Hardway (06/07); new album continues on with a musical autobiography begun with the Grammy nominated "The Story of My Life" in 1988
Mia BordersMagnolia Blue (06/03); new set of funk, rock and soul from Mia & band
Various ArtistsA Song for My Father (06/01); sons & daughters offer a unique and intimate spin on material made famous by their legendary dads, with tracks by Ben Taylor, Ivan Neville ("Yellow Moon"), A.J. Croce, Ky-mani Marley and more
Truckstop HoneymoonHomemade Haircut (06/01); latest from the eclectic duo of Mike West and Katie Euliss
Eric LindellBetween Motion and Rest (05/26); first album on Lindell's own Sparco label
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk RevueSet Two (05/25); 2nd release from the 2-time Big Easy Award winning group; features new band member Cranston Clements on guitar
Various ArtistsCabaret Echoes: New Orleans Jazzers at Work, 1918-1927 (05/25); 2-CD set with 40 restored tracks, rare interviews and 60 page booklet; tracks from Kid Ory's Sunshine Orchestra, Johnny De Droit & his New Orleans Orchestra, Fate Marable's Society Syncopators, Original Crescent City Jazzers, Halfway House Orchestra, Johnny Bayersdorffer & his Jazzola Novelty Orchestra, Hightower's Night Hawks, Anthony Parenti's Famous Melody Boys, Billy Mack & Mary Mack, Norman Brownlee's Orchestra of New Orleans, Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band, John Tobin's Midnight Serenaders, Original New Orleans Jazz Band, Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra
Various ArtistsTrue Blood Music from the HBO Original Series Volume 2 (05/25); includes a new track from Lucinda Williams, plus cuts by M. Ward, Jace Everett & CC Adcock, King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan, Robbie Robertson, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Beck, The 13th Floor Elevators, Thievery Corporation, Buddy & Julie Miller, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Chuck Prophet, Eels and Bob Dylan; see True Blood Volume 1 - * Grammy nominee *
MauriceThe Best of Both Worlds (05/20)
Susan CowsillLighthouse (05/18); new release for Threadhead Records; guests include Jackson Browne, Bob Cowsill, Paul Cowsill, John Cowsill, Vicki Peterson and Waddy Wachtel; tracks include a cover of Barry Cowsill's "River of Love"
Mary GauthierThe Foundling (05/18); latest from Mary was produced by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies; Margo Timmins provides backing vocals
Troy TurnerWhole Lotta Blues (05/18)
Buddy GuyDJ Play My Blues (05/18); reissue of great out-of-print Buddy Guy album from 1981
B.U.G. & Dem Lou'Ana BoyzHop In My Ride (05/18); digital EP from Bastrop, LA rapper, songwriter and producer B.U.G. (Bless w/ Unlimited Gifts)
Various ArtistsAce Story, Volume 1 (05/18); reissue of Ace Records collection features cuts by Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), Bobby Marchan, Frankie Ford, Roland Stone, Earl King, Chuck Carbo, Huey "Piano" Smith, Jimmy Clanton, Frankie Lee Sims, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Morgus and the 3 Ghouls, and more
Rolling StonesExile on Main Street (05/18); reissue of the Stones '72 classic that featured Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins, Dr. John and Shirley Goodman; the reissue will be available in 3 formats: the original 18 track release; a deluxe CD edition with 10 special bonus tracks; and a super deluxe package that also includes vinyl, a 30-minute documentary DVD w/ footage from Cocksucker Blues, Ladies and Gentlemen... the Rolling Stones, and Stones in Exile, and a 50-page book with photos from the Exile era; see the press release for more info
D.L. MenardHappy Go Lucky (05/11); new set of originals from the 78-year-old "Cajun Hank Williams"; guests include Sonny Landreth - * Grammy nominee *
Leroy ThomasJewel of the Bayou (05/11); 16 rockin' zydeco tracks from Leroy and the Zydeco Roadrunners
The Tom PainesRites of Man (05/04); debut release from the duo of Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich
Coco Robicheaux Revelator (05/04); latest from the swamp blues man, with backing from Dave Easley, Willie Green, James Singleton, Tim Green and Irene Sage
Cyril NevilleThe Essential Cyril Neville 1994-2007 (05/04); collection of tunes from Cyril's 5 solo albums and an unreleased track with Taj Mahal; with guests Eddie Bo (RIP), Allen Toussaint, Marva Wright (RIP) and Jason Neville
Louisiana Hellbenders Main Drag Fair (05/04); debut from NOLA roots rock band; MP3 download also available
Various Artists (DVD)Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert (05/04); DVD from the event held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in October 2009; performers include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck, Minnie Driver, Irma Thomas (with guest Henry Butler), and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas; DVD also features Steve Martin, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, and Madeleine Peyroux; a CD with concert highlights is also available
Shamarr Allen & Paul Sanchez Bridging The Gap (04/30); trumpeter Shamarr Allen and singer/songwriter Paul Sanchez team up for Threadhead Records release
6 Pack Deep Just The Tip (04/30); 6 track EP from the rockin' Baton Rouge ska band
Big Daddy 'O' Used Blues (04/30); MP3 digital album; 4th release on Rabadash Records for blues man Owen "Big Daddy O" Tufts
Holley Bendtsen & Amasa MillerOur Songs (04/30); collection of originals from New Orleans music vets; guests include Leigh Harris, The Pfister Sisters, Charmaine Neville, Charlie Miller, Spencer Bohren, Helen Gillet and George Porter Jr.
Anders OsborneAmerican Patchwork (04/27); award winning singer and songwriter's debut for new label Alligator Records; Anders and Stanton Moore produced the album, with co-production by Pepper Keenan; with backing from Moore on drums, Keenan on percussion and guitar, and Robert Walter on keyboards
Andrew DuhonDreaming When You Leave (04/24); new EP from the singer & songwriter and new backing band the Lonesome Crows
ImpulssMarie Laveaux's Hustle (04/23); guests include Akon, Prince Po and Nesby Phips
Various ArtistsHeavy Sugar - The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B (04/20); 3-CD with 75 tracks with cuts from Huey Smith, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Joe Jones, TV Slim, Bobby Mitchell, August Dupont & Warren Myles, Lee Allen, Earl King, Lloyd Price, Eddie Bo, Bobby Charles & many more; see complete track list
Trombone ShortyBackatown (04/20); debut release for new label Verve Forecast; produced by Ben Ellman of Galactic; guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz, Marc Broussard and Allen Toussaint - * Grammy nominee *
Various ArtistsNew Orleans (04/20); NOLA sampler w/ tracks from Glen David Andrews, Treme Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg (04/20)
JuvenileLost Sessions 4 (04/20)
PanteraCowboys from Hell / Vulgar Display of Power / Far Beyond Driven (04/17); vinyl reissues of Pantera classics
TNC BoysTaking Crowns (04/16); debut from the NOLA hip hop duo of Torcha (Aaron Brown) and Hollygrove Mikey (Michael Gan)
Marc StoneTrickeration & Rascality (04/14); Threadhead Records release; guests include Bonerama Horns, Joe Krown, Kirk Joseph, Terrance Simien
Stanton MooreGroove Alchemy (04/13); Moore & trio explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Zigaboo Modeliste, Jabo Starks & Clyde Stubblefield; companion book and DVD also planned for release
Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers You Don't Know Jack (04/10)
Zazou CityLiar's Moon (04/10); debut from the New Orleans Gypsy Jazz band led by Bart Ramsey
Ensemble FatienSeguenon Presents Ensemble Fatien (04/09); features Seguenon Kone, Jason Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Margie Perez, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Matt Perrine, Marc Stone and Rex Gregory
Ingrid LuciaMidnight Rendezvous (04/09); latest from Ingrid is a collection of original material, produced by Anders Osborne for Threadhead Records
SmokealotaStill Ya Folk (04/07); 3rd album from New Orleans rapper AKA Smoke-A-Lot; album also available as MP3 download
PJ MortonWalk Alone (04/06); 5th studio album from award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and NOLA native
Dukes of DixielandTimeless, The Classic Collection (04/06); four CD box set with 58 tunes from 16 albums recorded from 1974 to 2006; features vocalists Julie Budd, Danny Barker, George French, Moses Hogan, Phamous Lambert, Luther Kent
Dukes of DixielandNew Orleans Mardi Gras / Louisiana Legends / Gloryland / Deep South Blues / Salute to Jelly Roll Morton (04/06)
Mary LasseigneMary Jane & The Brain Surgeon (04/05); local music vet makes her solo debut on Threadhead Records
Amy TrailLonesome Man (04/01); 5th album from the NOLA based singer & songwriter
Margie PerezSinging For My Supper (04/01); expanded version of Margie's debut release
Christian ScottYesterday You Said Tomorrow (03/30); all new from the young jazz phenom; engineered by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder (John Coltrane; Miles Davis; Herbie Hancock); Scott is backed by guitarist Matthew Stevens, pianist Milton Fletcher Jr., bassist Kristopher Keith Funn and drummer Jamire Williams
Various ArtistsStax Number Ones (03/30); 15 Stax classics including Jean Knight's 1971 chart-topper "Mr. Big Stuff"
Big Sam's Funky NationKing of the Party (03/25); MP3 digital album; latest from Big Sam features a guest appearance by Khris Royal
NtoonsoulIf Ya Got Love (03/24)
Lil' Band O' Gold The Promised Land (03/23); first new album in a decade from Swamp Pop supergroup featuring C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley, Warren Storm, David Egan, Dave Ranson, Pat Breaux, Dickie Landry and Richard Comeaux; new album serves as a companion soundtrack for Lil' Band O' Gold's film documentary, "The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey"
Hank Williams JrWhiskey Bent and Hell Bound / Family Tradition / Habits Old & New (03/23); budget-priced remastered versions of Hank Jr. classics
Sierra Leone's Refugee All StarsRise & Shine (03/23); recorded at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans with guests Trombone Shorty, Washboard Chaz and the Bonerama Horns
Mahalia JacksonThe Essence of Mahalia Jackson (03/23); compilation of tracks the Queen of Gospel made for Columbia Records between 1954 and 1963
Smiley LewisSmiley Rocks (03/23); great collection of Smiley's 1950s output for Imperial records; features Cosimo Matassa's studio band including Lee Allen, Herbert Hardesty, Earl Palmer, Edward Frank, Huey Smith and Dave Bartholomew
George Lewis & Alton PurnellGeorge Lewis & Alton Purnell (03/23); 3 classic lp's on 2-CD set
Film / DVDThe Blind Side (03/23); Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for Best Actress; cast also includes Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron and Kathy Bates
MeriwetherPlug In The Snakes (03/22); MP3 digital album; Red Stick rockers release follow-up to 2005's "Make Your Move"
Film / DVDThe Princess and the Frog (03/16); animated film from Walt Disney Studio is set in New Orleans; film soundtrack features music from Randy Newman, Dr. John, Terrance Simien, Terence Blanchard, and others; film received Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song ("Down in New Orleans" and "Almost There")
New Orleans MoonshinersI'm Comin' Home (03/13); second release from the New Orleans trad jazz & swing band
The RevivalistsVital Signs (03/13); debut full length album from NOLA jam/rock band
Rotary DownsCracked Maps & Blue Reports (03/09); MP3 download; 5th album from New Orleans rockers
BionicaTake Your City; debut EP from progressive jazz group featuring James Westfall, Rex Gregory, Sasha Masakowski, Nick Solnick and Devin Kerrigan
Various ArtistsPutumayo Kids Presents: Jazz Playground (03/09); collection of int'l jazz songs for children; includes Ingrid Lucia covering "This Little Light of Mine"
Louis PrimaThe Best of Louis Prima and his Orchestra 1944-1951 (03/09); includes the quintessential performances "Just A Gigolo," "Chinatown, My Chinatown" and "Angelina"; also features Keely Smith & Lily Ann Carrol
Benjy Davis ProjectLost Souls Like Us (03/02); Benjy Davis and Mic Capdevielle are joined by Mark "Sparky" Matejka (Lynryd Skynyrd), Danny Chauncey (.38 Special), Jason "Slim" Gambill (Lady Antebellum) Ethan Pilzer (Jewel, Big & Rich), plus backing vocals by Sara Jean Kelley; listen to 1st single "Stay With Me" here
DJ KhaledVictory (03/02); latest from Miami based NOLA native; guests include Diddy, Plies, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Bounty Killer, Bun B, Drake, Birdman, Akon, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, and more
Various ArtistsRounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert (03/02); features tracks from Irma Thomas, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Madeleine Peyroux, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck, and others
Bobby CharlesTimeless (02/23); album was completed shortly before the legendary singer & songwriter passed away in January, 2010; co-produced by Charles and Dr. John, the album features backing from Sonny Landreth, Chris Leblanc, Dr. John and others; guests include Jon Cleary, Derek Trucks, Sam Broussard, David Egan and Gerry McGee
James DupreIt's All Happening (02/23); debut release from country singer/songwriter and YouTube star
John Ellis & Double-WidePuppet Mischief (02/23); features Ellis with Brian Coogan on organ, Matt Perrine on sousaphone and Jason Marsalis on drums, plus special guests Gregoire Maret on harmonica and Alan Ferber on trombone
Various ArtistsShake Twerk & Wobble 2 (02/23); MP3 digital album; NOLA bounce collection with cuts from Gotty Boi Chris, Magnolia Shorty, Sissy Nobby, Big Choo, 5th Ward Webbie, MC Shakie, DJ Black 'n Mild, Big Ramp, and others; also see Shake Twerk & Wobble Vol. 1
Smiley LewisSmiley Rocks (02/23); great collection of Smiley's 1950s output for Imperial records; features Cosimo Matassa's studio band including Lee Allen, Herbert Hardesty, Earl Palmer, Edward Frank, Huey Smith and Dave Bartholomew
Bayou DeVilleSee Sharp and Be Natural (02/17); features Jonno Frishberg, Bo Ledet, John Dowden, Dave Stover and Matt Swiler
Preservation Hall Jazz BandPreservation: A Benefit Album (02/16); with Pete Seeger, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Del McCoury, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Paolo Nutini, Brandi Carlile, Louis Armstrong and others; proceeds will benefit Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program; also available as Deluxe Edition (with bonus tracks) and vinyl album
Brother Dege Folksongs of the American Longhair (The Dobro Album) (02/16); MP3 digital dowload; swamp-fried Delta blues from author, journalist and musician (Santeria, Black Bayou Construkt) Dege Legg
Little Freddie KingGotta Walk With Da King (02/16); blues great captured live at the Thirsty Ear Festival
GalacticYa-Ka-May (02/09); with guests Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Corey Henry, John Boutté, Trombone Shorty, Josh Cohen, Ryan Scully, Glen David Andrews, Big Freedia, Cheeky Blakk, Katey Red & Sissy Nobby; also available on vinyl lp
Josh Charles Love, Work & Money (02/09); NOLA meets Motown on the debut release from the singer, songwriter and piano man; recorded at Piety Street Studios with backing from members of Dr. John's band; a portion of the proceeds will go to Preservation Resource Center
AMFuture Sons & Daughters (02/09); latest from the Tulsa-born / NOLA-raised singer songwriter
Various ArtistsPutumayo Presents: Rhythm & Blues (02/09); includes tracks from Snooks Eaglin, Irma Thomas & Henry Butler, Rockie Charles, Ruthie Foster, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Lavelle White, James Hunter, and others
MovieHurricane Season (02/09); Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Taraji P. Henson, along with rising stars Robbie Jones, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Jackie Long, Eric Hill, Jarod Einsohn and Lil Wayne star in the true story of an unlikely group of high school basketball champions who learn the true meaning of survival in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Wynton Marsalis & JLCOPortrait in Seven Shades (02/02); new suite by jazz musician Ted Nash recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Lil WayneRebirth (02/02); Weezy's long delayed rock album; deluxe version contains bonus tracks
Dirty Dozen Brass BandBuck Jump (02/02); MP3 album; classic 1999 release from the Dirty Dozen available on MP3 for the first time; also available on CD
Blair GimmaDie Young; MP3 download; acclaimed debut full length album from NOLA-born Brooklyn-based singer & songwriter
Louis Armstrong (DVD)Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody (01/26); DVD features Satchmo's performance at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival (mastered in high-def, with restored soundtrack); guests include Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Eureka Brass Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band; with lots of bonus footage!
Lonnie JohnsonA Life In Music - Selected Sides 1925-1953 (01/26); 4 CD box set with 100 remastered tracks
Aaron NevillePower Play (01/26); digital EP with 6 of Aaron's Gospel hits
Various ArtistsCajun Swamp Rock Party (01/26); compilation with cuts from Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke, Doug Kershaw, Clifton Chenier, Frankie Ford, Dr. John, Cookie & The Cupcakes, Bobby Marchan and others; read more
Various Artists Love & Peace: Greatest Hits for Kids (01/26); from the Music For Little People series; with cuts from Andrew Gold & Linda Ronstadt, Buckwheat Zydeco, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Ladysmith Black Mambaz, and more
Various Artists Pickin' & Grinnin' - Great Folk Songs for Kids (01/26); from Music For Little People series; with cuts from Pete Seeger, Raffi, Buckwheat Zydeco, Maria Muldaur, Taj Mahal, Woody Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Doc Watson, and more
Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? No Blood, No Blooms (01/19); digital release
Giant Cloud Old Books (01/19); digital EP; debut release, on local Park The Van Records
Sonny LandrethMississippi Blues (01/19); 20 track compilation recorded in the mid-70's with Landreth on guitar, mandolin, piano and occasional vocals; read more
Nova Nola Wetland (01/12); great debut from band featuring Steve Masakowski, Sasha Masakowski, Martin Masakowski, James Westfall and Ricky Sebastian
Evan ChristopherDjango A La Creole (01/12); import reissue of 2008 album
Fats DominoThe Fat Man (01/12); budget price CD with 10 Fats' classics in tin case
Metronome The CityObject To Be Destroyed (01/01); MP3 release; 2nd full length album from eclectic NOLA band
Cindy ScottLet the Devil Take Tomorrow (01/01); second release from NOLA based jazz vocalist, with backing from Brian Seeger, Tommy Sciple, Geoff Clapp, Vadim Neselovskyi and Ed Petersen; listen to audio clips here
The Local SkankCollect All 5! (01/01); debut from the NOLA ska punk band
The SwipUgly Animals (01/01); debut release from New Orleans rock quartet
John Carey & Piano BobBack in New Orleans (01/01); bluesman Carey returns to the Big Easy; with John Fohl, Jimmy Carpenter, Eric Lindell, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Marc Stone, and others
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