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Erica Falls Brings A Little More Joy To The Holiday Season

Louisiana Red Hot Records is pleased to announce the release of Erica Falls’ soulful acoustic rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

Soul singer and songwriter Erica Falls believes music is a blessing. She credits her unique vintage sound to her childhood growing up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, where her parents introduced her to Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Whitney Houston. This holiday season, Erica infuses a Christmas favorite with her soulful, vintage sound.

“I’ve always wanted to record a Christmas tune and I figured it was about time. This song, written by James Chadwick in 1862, takes me back to when I was in my high school chorus. We would go to hotels, nursing homes, and churches to perform Christmas carols and this one was always my favorite to sing.”

Erica decided to move forward with her idea: “I slept on it for a few days to let the arrangement come to me. This usually happens in my sleep.“ She enlisted local guitarists Chris Adkins and Joy Clark for the project, sending them an a cappella recording to lay the foundation for her vision. Erica brought in Grammy-winning engineer, David Farrell, to track the session at 636 Studios in New Orleans. “They added their magic and together we created a wonderful expression of this traditional Christmas song – they truly helped to bring what was inside my head to fruition. I hope this version brings even more joy to your Holiday Season!”

Street Date: 12/14/2018

“He has no competition in his genres, he’s the Jimmy Hendrix of the accordion.” – Rolling Stone magazine

Born March 3, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana, was the last of eight children of Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., a pioneer of Zydeco music. To this day, Dwayne attributes his passion and prodigious abilities to his father, but the truth is he was simply born to play this music. “This is my calling – Zydeco music is in my blood and it is my heart and soul.”

A virtuoso tradition holder with a high power style of his own, Dwayne Dopsie and his band, the genre defying Zydeco Hellraisers have thrilled audiences over 40 countries and hundreds of cities since his debut at age 19. Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers have enjoyed National exposure with outlets like Rolling Stone Magazine, Good morning America, CBS this morning, Food Network, and The Jamie Kennedy experiment, and his latest release was nominated for a Grammy in 2018. Louisiana Red Hot looks forward to releasing his national debut followup in early 2019.

JAZZFEST APPEARANCES FOR ERICA FALLS:

4/26 – Chickie Wah Wah – Erica Falls Band – Doors 8pm

4/28 – Tipitinas – Galactic – 9pm

4/29 – JF Congo Square -Erica Falls Band – 12:30pm

4/29 – Interview/Acoustic performance – Music Center Stage – Fairgrounds Pavilion 4:30

4/30 – Siberia Lounge – Alex Massa’s Fat Trio – 10:00pm -feat.

5/1 – Threaded Event – Stanton Moore Trio – 4pm -feat.

5/3 – HiHo Lounge – Erica Falls Band 9pm

5/4 – Joy Theater – Galactic -*pm

5/5 – Joy Theater – New Mastersounds Celebrating the Women Of The Scene. 2am

5/5 – Maison /Frenchamn St. – Dumpstalactic – 2am

5/6 – JF Acura – Galactic – 1:45

Louisiana Red Hot Records is proud to welcome Offbeat Magazine’s 2017 Best Female Vocalist, Erica Falls to its roster.

Erica has recorded and performed with the likes of Grammy Award Winning Allen Toussaint, Joe Sample, Dr. John, Sting, No Doubt, Jennifer Hudson and John Fogerty. On her debut CD “ME, MYSELF AND MUSIC” her singing, arrangements, and songwriting are on full display. She was also handpicked by Lee Daniels himself for the lead singing role in his critically acclaimed feature film “The Butler.”

While touring with the nationally known funk band Galactic, Falls is writing and recording her sophomore project titled “Vintage Soul”. “Music is a universal healer no matter the language barrier and I am privileged to be one of its messengers.”

Already a hometown triumph, her latest release “HomeGrown” will be re-introduced to national markets by Louisiana Red Hot Records in the summer of 2018 in anticipation of a new studio release.

“I listen to her when I want to be high on my soul.” – Lilli Lewis fan

Set against the buoyant backdrop of the New Orleans bon vivant, “The Henderson Sessions” is an exquisitely intimate self-portrait with Lilli Lewis’s vocals set to the barest of piano accompaniment. The record was co-produced by Lewis alongside James “Jimbo” Walsh (HBO’s Treme) and Mark Bingham (Allen Ginsberg, REM, Sun-Ra) at a studio built in a country home in Henderson, LA that was once used as refuge for Walsh’s musical community after Hurricane Katrina. When the three teamed up to demo songs for a full band album, they found the songs had something useful to say in their most raw, earnest, and primitive incarnation.

​Award-winning singer/songwriter Lilli Lewis grew up on a dirt road on the outskirts of Athens, GA. She is the daughter of a southern minister and a Chicago reared civil rights activist, and her bent towards social justice is reflected in her music and stage show. The prolific writer, composer, pianist, and producer has been composing music since she started playing piano at the age of three. Lewis is known for her powerful vocals and progressive message. The classically trained “folk-rock diva” is a sought after featured performer on main stages across the United States and abroad. In 2017, feminist folk trio The Malvinas recorded Lilli’s “O, Let Your Light Shine Bright” (Louisiana Red Hot, 2016) on God Bless the Grass (Soona Songs). Lewis made New Orleans her home in 2013 where she performs regularly as a soloist and with her acoustic soul orchestra, The Lilli Lewis Project (LLP). Lewis is also a current member of sousaphone master Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove.

NATIONAL STREET DATE: 2/16/18

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