The acclaimed singer/songwriter out of Nashville will grace the stage of the Canal Street fine listening establishment on Saturday night. He will be appearing in a duo setting with the multi-instrumentalist Sergio Webb.
Olney released his latest studio recording, When the Deal Goes Down, last year. His music cuts a large swath across a variety of roots music styles. His lyrics are equally expansive, mixing comedic touches with starkness all hewed to his trademark sense of dramatic flair.
Olney is a native of Rhode Island who has followed his muse since the early 1970s when he settled in Nashville. Earlier in his career he recorded albums which were distributed by Rounder Records. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
Guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader Marc Stone is throwing a major bash this Thursday night at D.B.A. beginning at 10 PM. Expect to see his all-star band plus special guests Mike Dillon, the Honeypots, Benny Turner, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and John Mooney.
The new album is his Louisiana Red Hot Records debut. The surging label now has a true powerhouse roster that also includes the New Orleans Suspects, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Ivan Neville, and Dumpstaphunk.
Stone is known for his dedicated approach to assembling one-of-a-kind, all-star shows, and he’s going all out to celebrate his new album.
“New Orleans is the first and last real music town in America. You can go out every night of the week, or even multiple times a day, and hear truly good music that is also local music.” That was one of the many reasons Bay area rapper Lyrics Born decided that he wanted to make an album steeped heavily in New Orleans music.
One of the latest artists to find inspiration in the sounds and sites of the Crescent City, his new album Real People, recorded locally at Galactic Studios, taps into the funky sound you hear bumping from cars and clubs all around town. “I was really inspired by the whole vibe here and I wanted to make a record that had that earthy, soulful feel,” he explained.
Ben Ellman and Robert Mercurio of Galactic produced the album and a myriad of New Orleans hard hitters make cameos in a way that is a bit reminiscent of a Lundi Gras Galactic show. “Ellman and Mercurio introduced me to this tight group of musicians they hang out with and from there it just kind of snowballed. I’ve got David Shaw (The Revivalists), Trombone Shorty, Corey Henry (Galactic), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the record,” he said.
Trumpeter, vocalist, and songwriter Shamarr Allen has released the latest project with this band, the Underdawgs, as a mixtape which is available for streaming or as a free download.
The twelve tracks feature all of the hallmarks of Allen’s sound. Though known throughout the early part of his career as a brass band trumpeter, including a tenure with the Rebirth Brass Band, he has developed into a formidable bandleader, rapper, and songwriter.
The Underdawgs’ music walks the line between various genres and comes across as a funky rock band with tinges of hip hop, reggae, and jazz. There are elements of soul and R&B as well. He even sings in a falsetto on “Got Me Like.” “Jazz Resuscitation (Dub Step)” and “Blue Orleans” have some really strong trumpet work.
This is NOLA is not just an event, it’s a concept. Emerging from a lack of centralized support for the contemporary arts and the cocktail and culinary scenes in New Orleans, the party’s founder Reeves Price sought to highlight all the facets of the emerging, progressive culture in the city. It returns to the Joy Theater Friday night, 5/22.
“Our local heritage and the people who built it are what make New Orleans unlike any other city in the world and cherished unlike any other city in the world. As we continue to grow as America’s boutique city, we are attracting new people, new tastes, and new trends. They are not changing the local culture, they are complimenting it, and This Is NOLA is their speakerbox,” Price said.
Friday’s music line up does not disappoint in that regard and runs the gamut in terms of genres while featuring some of the city’s most interesting young artists.
TVD New Orleans’ favorite British EDM act, Kids on Bridges have been lighting up the charts across the pond. This band played in New Orleans so long ago the genre “electronic dance music” hadn’t even gone mainstream yet.
The EP, released on Wall of Sound, includes remixes from West London Deep, Lisbon Kid , Drrty Data, and a cover of Mansun’s “Negative” as well as the band’s original version featuring Shea Seger from their Top 30 U.K. album, Kidology.
Consistent with Kids on Bridges two previous singles, “When The Needle Drops” is profoundly honest, looking at the modern culture of style over substance within the arts.
What started in the dregs of the federal flood on Memorial Day weekend in 2006, is now an eagerly anticipated annual event on our festival calendar. The Bayou Boogaloo has grown to three days and begins this evening with a slightly smaller lineup than the full days on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what I am looking forward to each day. The full schedule is here.
Dave Jordan and the Neighborhood Improvement Association kick off at 5 PM on the Orleans Avenue stage. Jordan’s outfit is sounding better every time I hear them. His world-weary voice always seems on the verge of cracking creating a sense of musical immediacy. He always surrounds himself with top-notch players.
Saturday afternoon, Pirate’s Choice hits on the Dumaine St. stage at 2:15 PM. This group blew my mind when I saw them at the Maple Leaf Bar a month or so back. Imagine African instrumentation, including a kora, hand percussion, and a stinging lead guitar, backed up with a super funky New Orleans rhythm section and you get just a bit of the idea. This band has to be heard.
The longtime guitarist and songwriter with the Honey Island Swamp Band will be celebrating the release of his long-awaited and latest solo album at Chickie Wah Wah on Friday night. Renshaw Davies opens.
Down To the Bottom, which was produced by Anders Osborne, features all new songs from the pen of Mulé including two co-writes. “Demonized” was written with his partner in the HISB, Aaron Wilkinson, and “Devil’s Den” was written with bluesman John Mooney.
The album is mostly acoustic with only three songs that even have a drummer. Carlo Nuccio bangs the skins on all three of the uptempo tunes and trombonist Greg Hicks (Bonerama), trumpeter Mark Levron (The Upstarts, Davis), and Brad Walker (Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes) play on two of the three. The horns sound great in the context of Mule’s songwriting giving the songs a Muscle Shoals-style, R&B edge.
Chickie Wah Wah is the place to be on Thursday night to hear one of the most innovative and interesting bands to hit New Orleans in a long while. Steelism is an instrumental band out of Nashville, Tennessee led by guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel player Spencer Cullum.
The band is relatively young and this is only their second time performing in New Orleans, but their first in a nightclub. Last October, they appeared at the Louisiana Music Factory.
At that performance, I was struck by the way Fetzer, on a telecaster, musically interacted with Cullum on his pedal steel. They perform music inspired by the instrumental sounds of the 1960s—bands like the Ventures and Booker T. and the M.G.’s. There is also an element of spaghetti western soundtrack sounds, especially when the pedal steel gets downright spooky.
PHOTOS: DENNIS McDONOUGH | The weather was as inviting as the previous week, yet somehow the crowds were extremely thin at Lafayette Square Wednesday evening for the weekly concert series, Wednesdays at the Square, presented by the Young Leadership Council. Could it have been the inevitable Jazz Fest hangover? The looks on their sun-darkened faces and the heaviness of their steps suggested some of the crowd might still be recovering.
When vocalist Meschiya Lake and her ace band, the Little Big Horns, hit the stage just after 5 PM there was just a smattering of folks on their feet. But as the group dug into their performance, perhaps mustering a bit of their own post-Jazz Fest energy, a few hardy souls began grooving to the music.
Lake is best known for playing trad jazz standards for a jitterbugging dance audience. But I spotted just one couple cutting the rug. The set list reflected the setting. She aced the jump blues classic, “Chick’s Too Young To Fry.” Jimmy Soul’s 1963 R&B hit, “ If You Want to Be Happy” got a Caribbean-inflected reggae beat complete with a great trombone solo from Charlie Halloran.