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As a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani has done it all. From blazing rock-n-roll to Holy Ghost Honkytonk, Sekhani never fails to entertain crowds with heartfelt enthusiasm and poignant lyrics.

Spending time in Austin working with Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Patty Griffin), Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), and Austin Chronicle’s three-time String Player of the Year winner Warren Hood. In 2010, Sekhani moved back to his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana to front The Mercy Brothers, a Gospel group walking the fine line of sinners and saints.

Since the prodigal son’s return home, he has won over the hearts of Jazz Fest and Festival International audiences, landed a top 5 spot on the Americana charts in Europe with The Mercy Brothers debut release, toured Sweden, and signed his Gospel group to Louisiana Red Hot Records.

Honed from years of collaborations and jam sessions with the legendary wordsmith Bill Carter, who wrote hits for Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Counting Crows, Waylon Jennings and others, Sekhani’s voracious songwriting extends beyond Gospel into secular territory with his new solo album Day Ain’t Done. Adam Sheets of No Depression praises Sekhani’s work on the album deeming it “one of the best debut albums I have heard in years.”

Day Ain’t Done is layered with Americana staple instrumentation, taking the earthy tones of violin, mandolin, accordion and acoustic guitars to give the feel of a back porch jam on a Louisiana Saturday night. The album’s track “Oilfield Tan” has found its way into regular rotation on local Louisiana and Texas radio stations, resonating amongst an area all too familiar with the demanding industry of oilfield work.

Kevin Sekhani celebrates his Louisiana roots by signing with Louisiana Red Hot Records to help bring Day Ain’t Done to the worldwide stage. With stops at 2014’s South by Southwest music festival, Sekhani has already began to garner excitement for his solo career. Still, whether you catch Kevin Sekhani at a large festival or on a small front porch, you are guaranteed to enjoy one hell of a show.


PRESS

“Sekhani’s alternative country gumbo of guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin and more can hang with the best of them.” – Herman Fuselier, Music Writer

“Hailing from Lafayette, LA but cutting his teeth in the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani fuses the styles of country, rock and roll, and back-porch jamming to form a vivacious sound.” – The Independent Weekly

“Kevin Sekhani Cajun singer songwriter and veteran Austin musician makes a rousing debut on New Orleans’ Louisiana Red Hot Records with this year’s Day Ain’t Done” – Chris Gray, Houston Press

“If you like music that gets you dancing, this is an album you should add to your collection” – Gary Schwind, AXS TV

“With a voice slightly reminiscent of a young Steve Earle and solid songwriting, Day Ain’t Done is one of the best albums I have heard in years.” – Adam Sheets, No Depression

“Kevin has always been an exceptional singer and Songwriter” – Bill Carter, Songwriter (Caught in the Crossfire, Willie the Wimp – Stevie Ray Vaughn, Why Get Up – The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer)

“Day Ain’t Done is a rich organic blend of alternative country styled Americana textured with fiddle, accordion and dobro that showcases Sekhani’s Louisiana roots both musically and lyrically” – Cody Daigle, The Daily Advertiser

“Day Ain’t Done is dripping with moss, delivering you right to the levee at Henderson swamp, while Ballad of a Lonely Clown and Jimmy would feel at home on the Grand Ole Opry Stage” – The Daily Advertiser

www.kevinsekhani.com

MARC STONE

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It’s no wonder that New York City-born, New Orleans-adopted guitarist Marc Stone has become one of the most respected Blues and Roots artists in the Crescent City. Who else has spent the last 20+ years backing such an astounding litany of Louisiana Blues, R&B and Zydeco legends including Eddie Bo, Ernie K-Doe, Marva Wright, Tommy Ridgely, Marcia Ball, Henry Gray, Rockin’ Dopsie, C.J. Chenier, and Grammy winner Terrance Simien? When not gigging with his crackerjack band or touring Europe, Stone also hosts “Soul Serenade,” the fifteen year-old worldwide radio show broadcast on famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station WWOZ, 90.7 FM.

Stone’s impressive roots-music pedigree, red-hot slide playing and outstanding story-telling are all on fine display with his national debut Poison & Medicine. A stellar cast of New Orleans guests including percussion wizard Mike Dillon, the Bonerama Horns, the late great tenor sax master Tim Green, members of Galactic, Honey Island Swamp Band, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band spice the nine soulful/devil-inside grooves, spanning the Southern musical spectrum from gospel to R&B to haunting Delta Swamp Blues.

This release on Louisiana Red Hot places Stone among a powerhouse roster that includes the Honey Island Swamp Band, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, Glen David Andrews and the New Orleans Suspects, capping an outstanding year for the artist. With two European tours and a Fall tour of the Northeast under his belt in 2015, Stone has also performed high profile gigs at home including French Quarter Festival, Tipitina’s opening for a sold out Radiators reunion show, a featured role in the All Star New Orleans tribute to Mad Dogs and Englishmen, as well as performances with Walter “Wolfman” Washington, John Mooney, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne and Col Bruce Hampton, and Marcia Ball.


PRESS

“Poison & Medicine possesses catchy hooks, compelling introspection and songs that are simply fun to sing along to, marking perhaps a watershed moment in the already locally adored and internationally in-demand 45-year-old Stone’s career.” – Frank Etheridge, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans

“Marc Stone deftly mixes traditional blues, gospel, R&B and blues rock into a coherent musical continuum…Stone is an excellent guitarist, especially on lap steel…not a wasted note….” – John Swenson, OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans

“A true Blues diamond in the rough.” – Where Y’at Magazine, New Orleans

“The highlight of the concert came clearly at the end of the evening with the Marc Stone Band…incredible ease and in splendid form…” – Appenzeller Zeitung, Switzerland

“[A] great record. From start to finish it doesn’t abandon the listener for even a moment.” (five star review) – Gianluca Diana, Alias Magazine, Italy

“One guitar, one chair, this pro doesn’t need more. From the first chord the crowd was rockin’.” – Kraichgau Stimme, Germany

www.marcstonemusic.com

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