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Solid As A Rock: Roland Guerin Is Not Waiting For A Stamp Of Approval
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
by: JOHN WIRT

Roland Guerin keeps good company.

A master of six-string bass, he put the bottom in Allen Toussaint’s band during the composer-pianist-producer’s second act as a world-traveling concert artist. Guerin spent 2017, Dr. John’s final year of performing, as the singer-pianist’s bandleader. This fall, Guerin is touring Europe with the virtuoso hard-rock guitarist Paul Gilbert. His prestigious sideman work further includes Marcus Roberts, John Scofield, Mark Whitfield, George Benson, Ellis Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan and Jimmy Scott.

Moreover, in addition to being an in-demand bassist, Guerin writes, sings, plays and produces his own music. On October 18, Louisiana Red Hot Records will release his latest solo album, Grass Roots. The album mirrors Guerin’s broad and surprising influences. He sings lead for the project as well as multi-tracked clouds of backing vocals. The other Grass Roots players include Mike Esneault, piano; Chris Atkins, guitar; and drummers Herman LeBeaux Jr. and John Jones.

Grass Roots’ tracks include two Prince-like pop-rhythm-and-blues songs, “Running on Nightfumes” and “Inside Outside Upside Down;” the Peter Gabriel-inspired “Summer Moon”; the adventurous, almost rock of “Stick to the Basics” (with lyrics by Allen Toussaint); and the jazz-rock hybrid piece “To the Edge of Something.”

Lilli Lewis, head of the artist-and-repertoire department at Louisiana Red Hot Records—and an accomplished musician in her own right—said the subtlety and cinematic beauty in Guerin’s music persuaded her to sign him. “It’s as universal as anything any other New Orleans master might produce, but also wholly unto its own,” Lewis said. “Roland considers himself a New Orleans roots musician, but what he’s produced here is timeless and 100 percent unexpected.”

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“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.

COREY HENRY

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Born in July 1975, Henry grew up on Barracks Street just down from Little People’s Club, a now shuttered popularized spot for second line parade stops in the Treme. Henry was the third child born to a family of five boys and two girls. His grandfather Chester Jones played bass drum in a traditional jazz band at Preservation Hall. His uncle is Bennie Jones of the world renowned Treme Brass Band. “Being in Treme was my biggest inspiration, being around all that music at once. We always had brass bands playing – the Pinstripes, Olympia, the Dirty Dozen. I’d go outside and they’d be playing a party or doing a second line. I got inspired by that and of course it’s in my family, my uncle and grandfather.”

As a result of this unique environment, Henry didn’t learn his craft in the school band the way many other brass band musicians in New Orleans learn. Treme was his music classroom; family members and neighbors on every block were his teachers. “I always had people like Tuba Fats giving me tips on what I needed to do during gigs; Freddie Kemp, sax player with Fats Domino; also Stack Man, Frederick Shepard, Roderick Lewis. They all lived in the neighborhood and played with the Treme Brass Band.

Henry started on the snare drum but switched over to the trombone at the age of 10. When he turned 16, his uncle Bennie hired him to play with the Treme Brass Band. “He just threw me in the mix with all those bad musicians, said ‘This is how you gon’ learn. Just go for it.’ So I learned doing it live, not during rehearsals. It was like learning on the job.” Showing him the ropes along with his uncle was trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. “They put me with a lot of musicians who were phenomenal, taught me a lot about stage presence, how to conduct yourself, coming to gigs on time.” He counts legendary trombonists Keith ‘Wolf’ Anderson and Revert Andrews as mentors who helped him develop his unique sound. “It was these two different musicians showing me things and me listening and practicing and just researching, being hungry and eager to learn.”

With “Lapeitah,” his national debut from Louisiana Red Hot Records, Henry reveals a signature playing style with the capacity to lead a band with its own muscular voice, his trombone blasting through the crowd like a fast-coming train, charging audiences with fire and excitement.

www.coreyhenry.com
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COLIN LAKE

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Seven years ago while visiting New Orleans in the springtime, Seattle native Colin Lake met his future wife in the Louis Armstrong International airport. The meeting sparked a cosmic chain reaction that would change his life forever.

Overwhelmed by the gravity that seemed to be drawing him to the city, Lake made his home in The Big Easy less than a year later, and his passion and innate feel for roots music found fertile ground. Lake draws from a unique musical palette, creating songs that reflect a personal journey which has already spanned great distances, both spiritually and geographically.

While his soulful vocal style and searing touch on the lap steel guitar owe heavily to countless blues greats, Lake’s knack for song craft defies genre and is what truly sets him apart. Lake’s latest release One Thing That’s For Sure captures his personal sound, which springs from songs teeming with penetrating lyrics and gritty sincerity. On the album’s eleven original songs, Lake sings of love and longing, truth and transcendence, hope and struggle. Indeed, they are love songs, but not exclusively in the romantic sense. They are songs that celebrate love’s well-earned triumph over fear, treading the territory where light and shadows meet.

On songs like “I’m Trying to Tell You” and the heavily distorted “Pay the Price”, Lake offers desperate pleas reminiscent of a man fighting for his life. The chorus of the laid back title track and the sun-soaked refrain of “She’s Mine” finds the singer swelling with joy as he revels in the spoils of love. And why shouldn’t he? These songs were born in New Orleans, the world capital of joyful expression. Lake may not have been born there, but he will tell you that in New Orleans he was born again.

In the past year, Lake has opened for acts like Dr. John and Gary Clark Jr, and performed at festivals around the country, including the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Alabama’s Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival, the Key West Songwriters Festival and New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival.


PRESS

“Songs as sturdy as his fleet-fingered, blues-based guitar skills” – Keith Spera, Times Picayune

“If John Mayor had any actual soul, he’d be the Seattle-bred, New Orleans based Colin Lake.” – Brett Milano, Offbeat Magazine

www.colinlake.com

LILLI LEWIS

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With vocals said to have “enough energy to power a large city, Lilli Lewis is a singer, pianist, and composer of rare grace and grit. Paired with a love for music that began before she composed her first song on the piano at age three, her progressive, provocative, and conscientious presence is fueled by a boundless appetite for poetry and rhythm. Whether looping solo a cappella as “a one woman Sweet Honey in the Rock,” throwing down with full on soul psychedelica, the Athens, Georgia native has the power to stir even the stiffest listener.

Even though she was born to a Baptist minister in the deep south, Lewis grew up studying classical music, spending countless hours at the piano decoding Brahms and Beethoven well into the late hours of the night. She also knew she loved to sing from a very early age, and her near obsession with harmony led to early experiments in recording and overdubbing her voice to analog tape, a practice that ultimately made her a 2008 NewSong Competition regional finalist, and the A Cappella Recording Awards 2009 runner-up for best world-folk album, a title she shared with the Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It was upon her first hearing of the earthy a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock as a young teenager that Lewis determined she would have a musical story to tell outside of the world of classical music.

Since then, she’s been a featured performer on main stages across the US and abroad, making her home in New Orleans in 2014 and quickly becoming a sought after side arm to some of New Orleans’ most musical elite, including Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member and sousaphone master Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove. Equal parts unassuming and fearless, her own full band known simply as the The Lilli Lewis Project, features the Dozen’s own Takeshi Shimmura on lead guitar. The 8 piece is a rhythm and soul orchestra ensemble of depth, girth and decibels that delivers “innovative, soulful music that will never go out of style.”

www.lillilewis.com

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