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Mardi Gras Music Our handpicked list of carnival classics, plus Mardi Gras Indian tunes, New Orleans party favorites, and more
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2012 CD / MP3 / DVD Releases
Buddy Guy Live at Legends (12/18); blues giant captured live at his Chicago blues club Buddy Guy's Legends
Various Artists Django Unchained (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (12/18); includes a track from Lafayette, LA musician Dege Legg (aka Brother Dege); portions of the Quentin Tarantino flick were filmed in New Orleans and Edgard, Louisiana
Various Artists Louisiana Blues (12/18); MP3 compilation features cuts by Tab Benoit, Lonnie Brooks, Katie Webster, Professor Longhair, Raful Neal, Kenny Neal, Lazy Lester, Marcia Ball, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Sonny Landreth
Various Artists Zydeco (12/18); MP3 compilation features cuts by BeauSoleil, C.J. Chenier, Doug Kershaw, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Marcia Ball, Nathan Abshire, Kathy Kallick, Red Stick Ramblers, and Chubby Carrier
Egg Yolk Jubilee Fried (12/12)
Dr. John Splinter Trip Revisited: Live at Hayfield (12/10); recorded live in the UK in 1988; tenor sax great Plas Johnson performs on 3 tracks
Rosie Ledet Slap Your Mama (12/10); new release from Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
New Orleans Suspects Caught Live at the Maple Leaf (12/04); The New Orleans Suspects captured live at the Leaf from shows on September 28 and 29, 2012
Balfa Family The Balfa Family: A Retrospective (12/04); rubber bootleg series features performances by various configurations and members of The Balfa Family at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles spanning 1977 to 2010
Book In the Spirit of New Orleans (12/04); author Debra Shriver shares what makes the Crescent City so special, from its fascinating history to its rich musical legacy, to its enduring traditions and cultural landmarks
Coot Coot (11/27); debut release from NOLA roots rockers
Various Artists Merry Christmas Wishes To All - Swamp Gold (11/20); Swamp Pop holiday collection with tracks from Jivin' Gene, Don Rich, Lynn August, Johnnie Allan, Warren Storm, Tommy McLain, Ken Marvel, V.J. Boulet, and Charles Mann
Vox & the Hound Courage (11/15); debut full length release from band led by Leo DeJesus
Dash Rip Rock Black Liquor (11/13); new release for Alternative Tentacles Records
Sonia Tetlow Own Way Home (11/13); new from Threadhead Records; guests include Shamarr Allen, Eric Bolivar, Bruce Giaimo, Craig Klein, Mary Lasseigne, Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine, Paul Sanchez, Beth Wheeler, Linda Bolley, Debbie Davis, Arsene DeLay, Shoeless Pashley, Ruby Rendrag and Becky Shaw
Various Artists (DVD & CD) Aly Meets The Cajuns (11/13); CD and DVD combo - U.K. documentary features Dewey Balfa & Friends, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds, Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band, Harry LaFleur, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Wayne Toups and ZyDeCajun, and Scottish fiddler Aly Bain
Allen Toussaint Rolling With The Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook (11/06); collection of Toussaint covers, as performed by Ernie K-Doe, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt, Don Covay, The Judds, Solomon Burke, Frankie Miller, The Pointer Sisters, Bill Medley, Robert Palmer, Z.Z. Hill, Maria Muldaur, Lowell George, Millie Jackson, Warren Zevon, Glen Campbell, The Meters, and others
Hot 8 Brass Band The Life & Times of the Hot 8 Brass Band (11/06); latest from the Hot 8
Chubby Carrier Rockin' With Roy (11/06); new from the Grammy winning Zydeco accordionist and his Bayou Swamp Band
Various Artists Holidays Rule (10/30); new collection of Christmas tunes, with tracks by Fun., The Civil Wars, Irma Thomas with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Shins, Paul McCartney, Calexico, Heartless Bastards, and others
Rod Stewart Merry Christmas, Baby (10/30); Trombone Shorty makes a guest appearance on 2 tracks - other guests include Cee-Lo Green, Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige, Dave Koz, Chris Botti & a virtual duet with Ella Fitzgerald
Ellis Marsalis & Makoto Ozone Pure Pleasure For The Piano (10/30); recorded at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music; Branford Marsalis makes a guest appearance
Louis Armstrong The Complete Okeh / Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933 (10/30); 10-CD box set, with liner notes by Ricky Riccardi - read more
Caleb Elliott Where You Wanna Be (10/16); debut from Lafayette, LA based singer & songwriter - guests include Susan Cowsill, Tom Drummond, Doug Belote, Sam Broussard and Mitch Reed
Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances (10/16); reissue of Louis Armstrong's classic concert at Symphony Hall in 1947; with Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Dick Cary, Arvell Shaw and Big Sid Catlett
New Birth Brass Band On My Way (10/16); a collection of hymns, New Orleans standards, and original music - line-up includes Caytano "Tanio" Hingle, Kerry "Fatman" Hunter, Jeffrey Hills, Will Smith, Brent Rose, Bruce Brackman, Lucien Barbarin, Corey Henry, Carl LeBlanc, Kenneth Terry, Julius McKee, and Michael Brooks
Professor Longhair Crawfish Fiesta (10/16); vinyl reissue includes a previously unreleased rehearsal track (Percy Mayfield's "River's Invitation"); the LP, first released in 1980, featured backing from Dr. John, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Johnny Vidacovich, and others
Buddy Guy Stone Crazy (10/16); 180 gram vinyl reissue of the bluesman's classic 1981 album
Theresa Andersson Live in Bläse (10/15); 2 live tracks recorded in Sweden
Book When Not Performing - New Orleans Musicians (10/10); photos by David G. Spielman; text by Fred Lyon - revealing portraits of New Orleans' performers provide a provocative and intimate glimpse into the musical pulse of the city - among those captured in image and word are Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Sr., Jeremy Davenport, Fats Domino, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Frank Minyard, Charmaine Neville, Albinas Prizgintas, Katey Red, Paul Sanchez, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Uncle Lionel, and Johnny Vidacovich
The Revelers The Revelers (10/11); band featuring founding members of Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys were featured in Season 3 of HBO's "Treme" and also appeared in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations"
Zachary Richard Le Fou (10/09); 20th album from the activist, environmentalist, poet, singer and songwriter
Saint Bell Food Coloring (10/09); debut 5-track EP from the duo of Jeremy Phipps and Nasimiyu
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Greatest Hits (10/02); 12 remastered tracks from the Frogman, including some not previously available on CD
G-Eazy Must Be Nice (09/26); new from the NOLA based rapper; first single from the album - Plastic Dreams (feat. Johanna Fay) - is available now
Preservation Hall Jazz Band The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection (09/25); 4-CD, 58-track box set includes five previously unissued tracks; collection draws from 19 albums (and one bonus CD) that were recorded and released between 1962 and 2010, on Atlantic Records, CBS Records, Sony Music, and Preservation Hall Recordings labels (read more)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band St. Peter & 57th St. (09/25); live album captured at New York's Carnegie Hall in January 2012 - guests include My Morning Jacket, George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Merrill Garbus (of Tune-Yards), Steve Earle, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Ed Helms, Trombone Shorty, Lafayette, LA pop band Givers, Allen Toussaint, Tao Seeger, King Britt, and Blind Boys of Alabama; proceeds from sales go to the Preservation Hall Musical Outreach Program
Down Down IV Part I - The Purple EP (09/18); six song EP is the first new music from the NOLA heavy metal rockers in 5 years; w/ Philip Anselmo, Jimmy Bower, Pat Bruders, Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein
haarp Husks (09/18); new from the NOLA sludge rockers on Phil Anselmo's label Housecore Records
Various Artists The Cobra Records Story (09/18); 2 CD set of classic 1950's Chicago blues w/ cuts from Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Sunnyland Slim, Shakey Horton, Betty Everett, Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, Louis Myers & the Aces, Clouds, and Little Willie Foster
Empress Hotel Heavy Halo (09/11); debut full length album from NOLA based pop group
Kix Brooks New To This Town (09/11); Shreveport, LA native's first solo effort since the split of legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn; guests include Joe Walsh
Various Artists Boppin' By The Bayou (09/11); vintage Louisiana rock n roll, features several previously unreleased tracks, cuts by John Fred, Jivin' Gene, Tommy Todd, Al Ferrier, Johnny Jano, Rod Bernard & The Twisters, Wiley Barkdull with Rusty & Doug Kershaw, Bill & Carroll & The Neches Valley Boys, Jay Chevalier, etc.
Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott Live at Chickie Wah Wah (09/07)
Huval Dupuy and Fuselier Huval Dupuy and Fuselier Cajun Band (09/04); debut from the next generation of Cajun music performers featuring Luke Huval (age 13), Cameron Dupuy (14), Zachary Fuselier (15) and Phillip Huval (17)
Various Artists Later Alligator: Louisiana Rock 'n' Roll (08/28); 2-CD import collection of 1950s-60s R&B, rockabilly, blues, boogie and swamp pop, w/ Jerry Lee Lewis, Dale Hawkins, Bobby Charles, Rod Bernard, Clarence Garlow, Roy Brown, Frankie Ford, Bobby Marchan, Fats Domino, Chris Kenner, Tibby Edwards, Johnny Ray Harris, Roy Montrell, Champion Jack Dupree, Big Boy Myles, Billy Blank, Ruckus Tyler, Lou Millet, John Fred, and many more
Lovey Dovies Shive (08/28); 2nd release from NOLA alt-rock band
Book Creole Trombone - Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz (08/24); by John McCusker - definitive biography of the New Orleans jazz legend
The Radiators The Last Watusi (08/21); 3-CD live collection from The Radiators final shows recorded at Tipitina's in June 2011
Chris Ardoin Unleashed (08/21); all new set from the Zydeco accordionist & singer
Harry Shearer Can't Take a Hint (08/14); first musical release from the actor, comedian & writer - guests include Dr. John, Nicholas Payton and Tommy Malone
Slightly Stoopid Top of the World (08/14); guests include Ian Neville, Karl Denson, G. Love, Chali 2na, Angelo Moore, Barrington Levy and Don Carlos
Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (08/07); new from Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Justin Faulkner
Beth Patterson & Patrick O'Flaherty Caelic (08/07); Cajun meets Irish Gaelic
Tom McDermott Bamboula (08/07); a 'best of' McDermott compilation for Van Dyke Parks' Bananastan Records label
Lee DorseySoul Mine - Greatest Hits & More (08/01); reissue of 2-CD compilation; compact disc version is also available
Ernie K-Doe Here Come The Girls - A History 1960-1970 (08/01); MP3 digital compilation from UK label Charly Records - compact disc version is also available
Various Artists Mr Joe's Jambalaya / Loaded Down with the Blues (08/01); MP3 digital release features classic tracks from Joe Banashak's New Orleans labels, Minit, Instant, Alon and Seven-B; w/ Matthew 'Boogie Jake' Jacobs, Eddie Lang, The Pitter Pats, Diamond Joe, Polka Dot Slim, Nolan Pitts, Jessie Hill, Roy Montrell, The Del Royals, Willie Harper, Allen Toussaint, The Stokes, Roger & The Gypsies, Little Buck, Larry Darnell, Eldridge Holmes, Eskew Reeder, Joe August, Raymond Lewis, Art Neville, Eddie Bo, Chick Carbo, Irma Thomas, and more - compact disc version is also available
Christian Scott Christian a Tunde Adjuah (07/31); new 2-CD set is the follow-up to 2010's "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow"
Benny Spellman Fortune Teller - A Singles Collection 1960-1967: New Orleans Hits And Northern Soul Gems (07/31); import collection includes the singles cut by Spellman for Ace, Minit, Alon and Sansu Records during the 1960s, along with rare bonus tracks from the Minit sessions and the instrumental version of "Fortune Teller", titled Crystal Ball, by the Stokes, a New Orleans combo featuring Allen Toussaint
Jerry Lee Lewis The Killer Live (1964 To 1970) (07/24)
Various Artists (DVD) Big Easy Express (07/24); documentary on 2011 tour that brought Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons from Oakland to New Orleans, aboard an antique train
Frank Ocean Channel Orange (07/17); first full-length studio album from the singer, songwriter and NOLA native - received multiple Grammy nominations!
Travis Matte and the Kingpins Let's Party (07/17); 13 brand new original cuts
Various Artists Black On Blues - A Tribute to The Black Keys (07/17); contributors include Tab Benoit, Papa Mali, Doug Kershaw, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Devon Allman, Iggy Pop, Ginger Baker, Albert Lee, Pat Travers, Leslie West, Larry McCray
Willie Tee & Cypress Legends Making Memories (07/17); new from Swamp Pop legends, with Tommy McLain, Lynn August & Charles Mann
Tony Almerico / Leon Prima Tony Almerico's All-Stars / Leon Prima & His Band (07/17); backing band members include Pete Fountain, Santo Pecora, Buglin' Sam Dekemel, Monk Hazel, Jack Delaney and Chink Martin
Herb Hardesty & His Band The Domino Effect: Wing & Federal Recordings 1958-61 (07/10); collection of rare solo tracks from the sax legend w/ other members of Fats Domino's band; Walter "Papoose" Nelson is featured on vocals on 2 tracks
Louis Prima Jr. Return of the Wildest! (07/10); Louis Prima Jr. carries on the legacy of his father, backed by his powerhouse eight-piece band
Joshua Ledet American Idol Season 11 Highlights (07/10); five tracks from the Idol finalist includes a duet with Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips
Zac Brown Band Uncaged (07/10); features a guest appearance by Trombone Shorty
Hank Williams, Jr. Old School New Rules (07/10); new studio release for Blaster Records
Nasimiyu Rules Aren't Real (06/28); debut full length album from the NOLA-based singer & songwriter
Jerry Douglas Traveler (06/26); dobro guitar master is joined by Eric Clapton, Marc Cohn, Keb Mo, Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, Paul Simon, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Omar Hakim, Del McCoury, Dr. John, Wendell Brunious, Shannon Powell, Matt Perrine, Washboard Chaz, Jon Cleary, Aaron Fletcher, and others
Dr. Michael White Adventures in New Orleans Jazz Part 2 (06/19)
Juvenile Rejuvenation (06/19); Juvenile reunites with Mannie Fresh on new release; guests include Rick Ross, Drake, Skip and Wacko
Andy J Forest Other Rooms (06/15); latest from the NOLA harmonica great with guest appearances by Irene Sage, Marc Adams, Kirk Joseph, Washboard Chaz, Anders Osborne, and others
The New Orleans Suspects The New Orleans Suspects (06/12); debut from NOLA 'supergroup' that includes Reggie Scanlan, "Mean" Willie Green, Jake Eckert, CR Gruver and Jeff Watkins
Varrious Artists (DVD) Give Me the Banjo (06/12); PBS special now on DVD; narrated by Steve Martin, 'Give Me the Banjo' brings together contemporary players including Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Don Vappie, Abigail Washburn and The Carolina Chocolate Drops with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America's instrument in all its richness and diversity
Lil Band O Gold Plays Fats (06/08); tribute to Fats Domino with guests Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco and Kenny Bill Stinson
Luke Winslow King The Coming Tide (06/05); third full length album from the NOLA based singer & songwriter
Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (06/05); guests include Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Wale, Young Roddy, Smoke DZA, Trademark Da Skydiver, Corner Boy P, 2 Chainz, Daz, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, and Big K.R.I.T.
Book Bounce - Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans (05/31); author Matt Miller on the distinctive style of hip-hop that started in New Orleans and went global
12 Stones Beneath the Scars (05/29); 4th album from the Mandeville, LA rockers was produced by Skidd Mills
Sonny Landreth Elemental Journey (05/22); slide guitar wizard's 11th album is his frst all-instrumental release
Various Artists Southern Soul Shake! (05/22); 2-CD compilation from Charly Records includes tracks by Robert Parker, Johnny Adams, Eddie Giles, Danny White, Reuben Bell, and many more
Louis Armstrong Live At Basin St. (05/15); NBC radio broadcasts from May 1955 remastered and on CD for the first time
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power (Deluxe Edition) (05/15); 20th anniversary reissue of the metal classic which featured Philip Anselmo, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul; 2-disc CD/DVD set includes an unreleased track from the recording sessions ("Piss"), unreleased concert footage filmed in Italy in September of 1992, plus the 3 official music videos from the album
Ryan Montbleau For Higher (05/15); latest from the singer & songwriter was recorded at Fudge Studios in New Orleans with backing from NOLA all-stars George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne and Simon Lott - the album was produced by Ben Ellman of Galactic
Various Artists La La - Louisiana Black French Music (05/15); early zydeco music from The Carriere Brothers (Joseph "BeBe" & Eraste Carriere) and Delton Broussard & the Lawtell Playboys; originally released on vinyl in 1977
The Iguanas Sin to Sin (05/11)
New Orleans Helsinki Connection Paradise On Earth (05/09); band features Tricia Boutte, Leroy Jones, Katja Toivola, Todd Duke, Paul Longstreth, Nobu Ozaki and Jerry Anderson
Royal Southern Brotherhood The Royal Southern Brotherhood (05/08); debut from band featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott
Buddy Guy
When I Left Home: My Story (05/08); autobiography of the blues legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member; available in hardcover & audio CD
Kid Ory & Henry "Red" Allen Kid Ory Meets Red Allen - The Complete 1959 Hollywood Session (05/08); two NOLA legends are featured in this reissue from 1959
Dirty Dozen Brass Band 20 Dozen (05/01); DDBB's first new original music since 1999 and their first release in over 5 years - includes a cover of Rihanna's smash hit "Don't Stop The Music"
Anders Osborne Black Eye Galaxy (05/01); follow-up to "American Patchwork" was recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana
Book Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley (05/01); an eye-opening look inside the personal and professional lives of famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley - all born within a twelve-month span in small-town Louisiana during the Great Depression
T'Monde Making Believe (05/01); debut from trio that features Cajun music vets Drew Simon, Kelli Jones-Savoy and Megan Brown
Dennis Stroughmatt La Belle Blondine (05/01); 3rd volume of French Creole fiddle tunes and ballads from old upper Louisiana
The Honeypots Something Sweet (04/26); debut by band featuring Lynn Drury, Margie Perez, Monica McIntyre and August Jepson; on Threadhead Records
Theresa Andersson Street Parade (04/24); Theresa's latest for Basin Street Records
Big Sam's Funky Nation Funky Donkey (04/24); digital EP from Big Sam
Book Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans (04/24); paperback version of Times-Picayune writer Keith Spera's book on the local music scene post-Katrina; also available in hardcover & Kindle versions
Dr. John Locked Down (04/21); vinyl LP version of Dr. John's latest (see CD version)
Louis Armstrong Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours (04/24); features one of Louis Armstrong's last performances just five months before he passed, liner notes include a cookbook of Satchmo's favorite recipes
Matt Lemmler Ubuntu (04/24); Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band featuring Kim Prevost, Shane Theriot, Brian Blade, Bobby Campo, John Ellis, Jason Mingledorff, Evan Christopher, Jason Marsalis, Mark Mullins, and others
Various Artists Best of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians (04/24); tracks from The Wild Magnolias, Flaming Arrows, 101 Runners & more
Mainline Brass Band Mainline Brass Band (04/20)
Mia Borders Wherever There Is (04/18); seventh release from the New Orleans singer and songwriter
Hurray for the Riff Raff Look Out Mama (04/17); 3rd release from the indie folk/rock band
John Boutte All About Everything (04/17)
Jon Cleary Occapella (04/17); Cleary covers Allen Toussaint on his sixth solo LP; guests include Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John
Lost Bayou Ramblers Mammoth Waltz (04/17); recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana; guests include Dr. John, Gordon Gano, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Guarisco and Kirby Campbell
Warren Haynes Band Live at the Moody Theater (04/17); 3-disc 1DVD/2CD package captures the band's blazing performance in Austin, TX on 11/03/2011; backing Haynes were Ron Johnson, New Orleans drummer Terence Higgins, Nigel Hall, Ron Holloway and Alecia Chakour
Various Artists Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 2 (04/17); includes Jon Cleary's "Frenchmen Street Blues" plus tracks from Hot 8 Brass Band, The Subdudes, Henry Butler, The Iguanas, The Radiators, Dr. John, Galactic, John Boutte, David Torkanowsky & Lucia Micarelli, Tom McDermott, Cyril Neville & Tribe 13, DJ Davis & The Brassy Knoll, Rebirth Brass Band, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Donald Harrison & Friends, and Steve Riley with Steve Earle & the Eunice Revellers; see full track list -- also see Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 1
HBO's Treme - Season 2 (DVD) Treme: The Complete Second Season (04/17); available on DVD & Blu-Ray - includes many bonus extras - also see Treme: The Complete First Season on DVD & Blu-Ray
Ivy & Timmy Dugas Cross All Your "T"s (04/17)
Little Richard Here's Little Richard (04/17); reissue of rock classic with 24-bit re-mastering from the original tapes, plus 2 bonus demo tracks, an interview with Specialty Records founder Art Rupe, and 2 videos; majority of this album was recorded at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio in New Orleans, with Lee Allen, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Frank Fields, Earl Palmer, Edgar Blanchard, Justin Adams, Huey Smith, and other NOLA legends
Various Artists (Vinyl) From the Vaults of Ric & Ron Records: Rare and Unreleased Recordings 1958-1962 (04/17); box set of ten 45 RPM records from New Orleans R&B labels, Ric Records and Ron Records - features tracks from Johnny Adams, Edgar Blanchard & the Gondoliers, Eddie Bo, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Barbara Lynn, and Paul Marvin
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 1 (04/17); digital only reissue covers the complete catalog of famed New Orleans R&B labels, Ric Records and Ron Records - All 140 songs released by the labels on 45 RPM singles are now available on seven 20-song MP3 albums - Volume 1 features Edgar Blanchard, Mercy Baby, Al Johnson, The Gondoliers, The Velvetiers, Vic Wilder, Lenny Capello & The Dots, Johnny Adams, and Eddie Bo
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 2 (04/17); Volume 2 features Al Johnson, Lenny Capello, Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo, Tommy Ridgley, Pete Kogus & The Counts, and Joe Jones
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 3 (04/17); Volume 3 features cuts by The Coronados, Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo, Tommy Ridgley, and Martha Nelson
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 4 (04/17); Volume 4 features cuts by Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo, Tommy Ridgley, Lenny Capello & The Dots, and Freddy Tino & The Twisting Cyclones
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 5 (04/17); Volume 5 features cuts by Tommy Ridgley, Johnny Adams, Eddie Lang, Jerry Starr & The Echoes, Paul Marvin, The Goldenaires, Professor Longhair, and Robert Parker
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 6 (04/17); Volume 6 features cuts by Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, Robert Parker, The Goldenaires, Jimmy Rivers Combo, Earl Haynes, Chris Kenner, Martha Carter, and Bobby Mitchell
Various Artists The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 7 (04/17); Volume 7 features cuts by Phil Cay, Martha Carter, The Party Boys, Lee Tillman and Bud Stewart's Top Notchers, Bobby Mitchell, Joe "Guitar" Morris, James Skip Easterling, Warren Lee, and Joe Louis
Mississippi Rail Company Coal Black Train (04/14); debut release from the NOLA based roots trio
Book Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans (04/11); new bio from the Historic New Orleans Collection's "Louisiana Musicians Biography Series" was written by journalist / musician Ben Sandmel - also see "Unfinished Blues... Memories of a New Orleans Music Man" by Harold R. Battiste Jr.
Various Artists 50 Classics of Louisiana Sounds 1953-1960 (04/12); 2-disc set with tracks from Bobby Charles, Jimmy Newman, Warren Storm, Cookie & the Cupcakes, Jivin' Gene, Joe Jones, Joe Barry, Rusty & Doug Kershaw, John Fred & more
Jerry Lee Lewis A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis (04/10); 4-disc import box set features 106 original hits and rarities spanning 1956 to 1989, plus 72-page book
David Houston My Elusive Dreams: Epic Country Hits 1963-1974 (04/10); 23 tracks from the Shreveport, LA native including all seven of his #1 hits
Willy DeVille Willy DeVille in New Orleans (04/10); import compilation with tracks from DeVille's "Victory Mixture" (1990) and "Big Easy Fantasy" (1995) - backing artists include Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Sammy Berfect, Wayne Bennett, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr., Porgy Jones, Johnny Vidacovich, The Wild Magnolias, and Barbara George
Zazou City The Man Who Couldn't Dream (04/10); Bart Ramsey is joined by Aurora Nealand, Charlie Miller, Neti Vaan, Raphael Bas, Matthew Shilling, Ruby Moon, and others
Various Artists The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol 1: 1921 - 1947 (04/10); two CDs plus 28 page booklet
Various Artists The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol 2: 1947 - 1953 (04/10); two CDs plus 28 page booklet
Dr. John Locked Down (04/03); Mac's first release for Nonesuch Records; produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys); backing band includes Dan Auerbach, Max Weissenfeldt, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Brian Olive, and The McCrary Sisters
Tab Benoit Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit (04/03); compilation from Telarc Records
Various Artists The Rough Guide to the Music of New Orleans (04/03); tracks by Jessie Hill, The Meters, Earl King, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, James & Troy Andrews, Kermit Ruffins, Papa Grows Funk, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Dumpstaphunk, Hot 8 Brass Band, Jon Cleary, Los Hombres Calientes, Professor Longhair, Dr. John & Dr. Michael White; plus a bonus CD by Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Chef Menteur East of the Sun & West of the Moon (03/31)
Papa Grows Funk Needle in the Groove (03/27); latest from PGF get national release on CD and MP3; Allen Toussaint and Better Than Ezra's Tom Drummond share production credits
Davy Mooney Perrier Street (03/27); New Orleans jazz guitarist is joined by Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, John Ellis, Matt Clohesy, Johnaye Kendrick, and Gordon Au
Clarence Gatemouth Brown Live from Austin, TX (03/27); 2-disk set (CD and DVD) from Gatemouth's 1996 appearance on "Austin City Limts"
Stephanie Jordan Yesterday When I Was Young - A Tribute To Lena Horne (03/21)
Morris Ledet & the Zydeco Ramblers Swing That Thing (03/20)
Aaron Neville Warm Your Heart (03/20); re-issue of Aaron's classic 1991 album mastered by the K2 HD format of 24-bit 100kHz for superior sound
Johnny Dodds Johnny Dodds on Paramount (03/20); 2-CDs & 49 tracks; includes sessions with King Oliver's Jazz Band, Freddie Keppard's Jazz Cardinals, and more
Armand Hug Armand Hug Plays A. J. Piron & Other Delectable Ditties (03/20); late piano great was joined on this set by Edmond "Doc" Souchon, Joe Capraro, Jo Linn, Chink Martin, Jack Delaney and Phil Darois
Louis Nelson Louis Nelson with Sam Dutrey (03/20); features Louis Nelson, Sam Dutrey, George "Kid Sheik" Cola, Willie Batiste, Jerome Green and Alonzo Stewart
Joe Krown Exposed (03/13); new solo piano release from the NOLA keyboard whiz
Brass Bed with Allison Bohl On Nilsson (03/13); Lafayette, LA pop band covers 4 Nilsson tracks on this digital EP release for Crossbill Records; the band's third full length album "The Secret Will Keep You" is due later this year
Various Artists Mr Joe's Jambalaya / Loaded Down with the Blues (03/13); re-issue of Charly Records albums from 1987 and 1988 - 2 CD's feature classic tracks from Joe Banashak's New Orleans labels, Minit, Instant, Alon and Seven-B; w/ Matthew 'Boogie Jake' Jacobs, Eddie Lang, The Pitter Pats, Diamond Joe, Polka Dot Slim, Nolan Pitts, Jessie Hill, Roy Montrell, The Del Royals, Willie Harper, Allen Toussaint, The Stokes, Roger & The Gypsies, Little Buck, Larry Darnell, Eldridge Holmes, Eskew Reeder, Joe August, Raymond Lewis, Art Neville, Eddie Bo, Chick Carbo, Irma Thomas, and more - see full track list
Johnnie Allan Louisiana Man (03/13); compilation includes Allan's classic "Promised Land" and many others (import)
The Revivalists City of Sound (03/10); band's second full length album was produced by Ben Ellman of Galactic
Book Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Dance Halls (03/09); music critic Alex V. Cook takes the reader to both offbeat and traditional venues in and around Baton Rouge, Cajun country, and New Orleans
Drew Landry BandryLand: Sharecropper's Whine (03/06); third studio release from the singer, songwriter and environmental activist
Hobart Brothers and Lil' Sis At Least We Have Each Other (03/06); debut from band featuring Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill
Zigaboo Modeliste New Life (Remix EP) (03/06); Zigaboo is joined by Kids On Bridges on this 4-track EP
Fats Domino The Imperial Singles, Volume 5: 1962-1964 (03/06)
Various Artists New Orleans - Blues, Soul & Jazz Gumbo (03/06); 2 CDs with 50 classic tracks by Roy Brown, Archibald, Joe "Mr. Google Eyes" August, Bobby Charles, Roy Montrell, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Lee Allen, Big Boy Myles, and many more
Kristin Diable Kristin Diable and the City (03/03); MP3
Nolton Semien Oh Lucille (02/29); nice collection of Cajun and Creole tunes from the noted accordionist
England in 1819 Alma (02/28); Baton Rouge based band's sophomore release was recorded with Mark Bingham at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans
Kristi Guillory & The Midtown Project Broken Glass (02/28); new group featuring veteran Cajun accordion player and front-woman for the all-girl Cajun band Bonsoir, Catin; Kristi is joined Cal Stevenson, Brian Marshall and Danny Devillier
Kipori Woods Blues Gone Wild (02/28); latest from the NOLA blues guitarist
Dukes of Dixieland & The Oak Ridge Boys When Country Meets Dixie (02/28); featured tunes include "Just a little talk with Jesus," "Fatback Louisiana," "Closer Walk with Thee," "Nails in my Coffin" and "Elvira" - watch Youtube video of "Elvira"
Imagination Movers Rock-O-Matic (02/28); new CD and DVD combo from Disney Channel stars and America's favorite alt-rock band for kids
The Chee-Weez Live 2011 (02/23)
Galactic Carnivale Electricos (02/21); Galactic celebrates Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Brasil on their latest studio release; guests include Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Big Chief Juan Pardo, Mystikal, Mannie Fresh, Moyseis Marques, Casa Samba, David Shaw (of The Revivalists), Maggie Koerner, and KIPP Renaissance High School Marching Band; also available on Vinyl LP
Beth McKee Next to Nowhere (02/21); guests include Tommy Malone
Gina Forsyth Promised Land (02/21); latest release from the singer, songwriter, violinist, and guitarist
Various Artists Act of Valor (Soundtrack) (02/21); features Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, etc.
The Bedlamville Triflers Goin' Out Tonight (02/14); debut release from Baton Rouge rockabilly trio
Juvenile "Mardi Gras" Mixtape (02/14); free download; features Juve, DJ Smallz, Rick Ross, Skip, Wacko, and Mannie Fresh
Goatwhore Blood For The Master (02/14); fifth full-length release from the NOLA metal band - also available on vinyl LP
Lillian Axe XI: The Days Before Tomorrow (02/14); eleventh release from the NOLA hard rockers
Kevin Gordon Gloryland (02/14); latest from the noted singer/songwriter and Shreveport, Louisiana native
TK Soul The Zydeco Bounce (02/14); digital EP
Prom Date Prom Date EP (02/10); 3 new digital tracks from Baton Rouge, LA synth pop band
Various Artists Nine Lives - A Musical Story of New Orleans (The Complete Set) - musical written by Paul Sanchez and Colman deKay; over 130 musicians contribute, including Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, John Boutte, Lillian Boutte, Kevin Griffin, Michelle Shocked, and Shamarr Allen; MP3 Download also available
Terence Blanchard Red Tails (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (02/07)
Fats Domino The Original Rock & Roll Classics (02/07); 8 CD set of Fats classics
Various Artists New Orleans: 1961 The Living Legends (02/07); import re-issue of 4 classic albums (on 2 CDs) - Percy Humphrey's Crescent City Joy Makers - Sweet Emma Barrett's 'The Bell Gal & Her Dixieland Boys featuring Jim Robinson' - Jim Robinson's New Orleans Band - Billie and De De Pierce's 'Vocal Blues and Cornet in the Classic Tradition'
Leroy Jones Go to the Mardi Gras (02/02); NOLA trumpeter covers the carnival classic
Vandell Andrew Anniversary (02/01); new single from the NOLA smooth jazz saxophonist
Soul Rebels Brass Band Unlock Your Mind (01/31); new Soul Rebels release for Rounder Records with guest appearances by Trombone Shorty, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, Dwayne "Big D" Williams, Sean C and Ben Ellman
James Booker King of the New Orleans Keyboard (01/31); re-issue from JSP Records
Ruthie Foster Let It Burn (01/31); recorded at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, with Ike Stubblefield, George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste, Dave Easley, James Rivers, Blind Boys of Alabama, and William Bell
Ringo Starr Ringo 2012 (01/31); guests include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Van Dyke Parks, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Edgar Winter
Various Artists New Orleans Bounce Essentials, Volume 3 (01/24); tracks from Lady Red, DJ Money Fresh, DJ Jubilee, Keedy Black, Magnolia Shorty, Messy Mya, CL-10, Josh Gates, DJ Poppa, B. Ford, Gotty Boi Chris, Kilo, and Beatz Like Dis; see more New Orleans Bounce Essentials
Big Freedia Booty-Whop (01/24); new digital single from the Queen Diva of New Orleans Bounce
Wynton Marsalis The Music of America (01/24); 2-CD collection self-curated by Wynton
Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic (01/24); guests include Faith Hill, Ne-Yo and Rami Jaffee
Various Artists Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (01/24); 4-disc collection honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, includes Bob Dylan covers by Lucinda Williams, Sugarland, Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli, Adele, My Morning Jacket, Lenny Kravitz, Miley Cyrus, Elvis Costello, Sting, Pete Townshend, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, My Chemical Romance & many others
The Bridge Trio The Bridge Trio (01/21); self-titled debut from jazz combo comprised of drummer Joe Dyson, pianist Conun Pappas and bassist Max Moran; Davell Crawford and Donald Harrison make guest appearances
Leroy Jones I'm Talkin' Bout New Orleans (01/20); new Caribbean flavored single from NOLA trumpet great
Little Freddie King Chasing Tha Blues (01/17); latest from the NOLA based blues man
Harry Connick Jr. Original Album Classics (01/17); 5-disk box set includes the HCJ albums "When Harry Met Sally," "We Are In Love," "Blue Light Red Light," "Come By Me" and "Only You"
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Original Album Classics (01/17); 5-disk box set includes the PHJB albums "New Orleans Vol. 1," "New Orleans Vol. 2," "When The Saints Go Marching (New Orleans Vol. 3)," "New Orleans Vol. 4" and "Preservation Hall Jazz Band Live!"
Leroy Martin My Old Swamp Pops, My Old Friends and Some New Stuff (01/17); South Louisiana music legend Leroy "Lee" Martin collection of 32 recordings from 1957 to 2011, plus a 2nd CD featuring cuts by Vin Bruce, Johnnie Allan, Harry Anselmi, Joe Barry, Dudley Bernard, Wade Bernard, Debbie Folse, Pott Folse, Royce Naquin, Jerry Raines, Gene "King" Rodrigue and Vernon Rodrigue
Kynt The Whole World is a Stage (01/17); new digital release from the NOLA DJ, dance music artist, producer, model, choreographer, and songwriter
Ani DiFranco What Side Are You On? (01/17); guests include Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Skerik, and the Roots of Music Marching Crusaders; recorded at Bogalusa, LA's Studio In The Country, Brooklyn, NY's Brooklyn Bridge Studio, and Ani's New Orleans home studio, The Dugout - also available in Vinyl LP version
Victor Goines Twilight (01/11)
Mutemath Odd Soul (01/10); 12" Vinyl LP version of their 2011 release - includes a copy of the CD version of "Odd Soul"
Lil Wayne & Same Ol' Twostep I Bring It (01/10); high energy Zydeco from accordionist Wayne Singleton and his band
Various Artists Meet Me At Mardis Gras (01/10); compilation from Rounder Records with cuts from Soul Rebels Brass Band, Joe Liggins & the Honeydrippers, Zachary Richard, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Larry Williams, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Marcia Ball, Professor Longhair, Rebirth Brass Band, Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, and Chuck Carbo (check out our list of Mardi Gras Music recomendations)
Louis Armstrong Satchmo: Ambassador of Jazz (01/10); 4 CD Limited Edition - cutdown version of the 10-CD "Satchmo: Louis Armstrong The Ambassador of Jazz" box set that was released earlier this year; packaged in a mini-replica of Louis Armstrong's travel trunk; includes 164 page book
Jimmy C. Newman Jimmy C. Newman Sings Swamp Country (01/10); latest from the Cajun & Country music legend (MP3)
The Acadias The Acadias (01/06); debut release from NOLA folk rock band
Zero Dialect The Phoenix Lights (01/03) - digital EP
The N'awlins Johnnys Live at Tipitina's (01/03)
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