Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in San Francisco, Honey Island Swamp Band has developed into one of hottest new bands coming out of the South. The band includes: Aaron Wilkinson (vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica); Chris Mulé (vocals, guitar); Sam Price (bass, vocals); Garland Paul (drums, vocals) and Trevor Brooks(keys). Their music, described as “Bayou Americana,” has won multiple Best of the Beat Awards from Offbeat Magazine for “Best Emerging Artist,” “Best Blues Album” and “Best Roots Rock Artist.” Most recently the band was named “Best Roots Rock of New Orleans” in both 2011 and 2012 by the Big Easy Awards, New Orleans’ most prestigious arts and entertainment honors.
Cane Sugar is the band’s first nationally released album following three self-released recordings. Produced by multiple Grammy-winner John Porter (Buddy Guy, BB King, Santana, Ryan Adams), the 12 songs feature lush instrumentation highlighted by layers of slide guitar, keyboards, strings, banjo and horns, perfectly blending Blues, Country, and Southern Rock. A limited rush release for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late April scored Cane Sugar an impressive #2 best selling CD ranking at the Fest music store (barely beaten out by jazz superstar and Fest closer Trombone Shorty, who Louisiana Red Hot first introduced to the world in 2002).
Sat, Aug 17-Chanango Blues Festival (Norwich, NY)
Fri, Aug 30-Tipitina’s (New Orleans, LA)
Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana Red Hot Records has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock, and is a leader among Southern independent labels in marketing and worldwide distribution. Having reemerged from the near-total destruction of its facilities by Hurricane Katrina, it is the only label in the Deep South partnered with Entertainment One, the world’s #1 independent distributor for music and video. Owner Harris Rea has sold millions of records over his forty year career, helping launch such artists as Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Hunter Hayes, Master P, the Cash Money Millionaires, Cowboy Mouth, Better Than Ezra, Cyril Neville and most recently Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. His family also owns and operates the famed Peaches Records in the French Quarter. Founded in 1975 by Mr. Rea, it is one of the largest and oldest remaining indie music retailers in the U.S.
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