Since exploding onto the New Orleans scene in 1998, Juice has made a name for themselves as one of the premier national touring acts from New Orleans legendary funk scene. Through nearly constant touring and good, old fashioned word of mouth, Juice has built a solid national fan base, and received strong critical acclaim for their creative, original mix of New Orleans style funk, blues, second line, rock and rhythm and blues. Besides maintaining their presence on the New Orleans club scene, they have averaged a jaw dropping 160 shows a year since 1999. They have performed at some of the premier festivals, theaters and clubs in the country with highlight performances at the 2000 & 2001 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival- widely considered the premier music festival in the U.S.
Founded by bassist/vocalist Dave Jordan in 1996 at L.S.U., Juice quickly claimed the mantle of the then burgeoning jam band scene in Baton Rouge. Already a mainstay on the local music scene (Jordan’s previous band had performed with the likes of Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, George Porter, the Samples and more),Juice shifted their immediate focus to the Southeastern college circuit. After a year and a half of local touring, Jordan took the band back to his hometown of New Orleans, where Dave’s longtime collaborator, harmonica/vocalist Jamie Galloway, had already relocated.
Upon arrival in New Orleans in April ‘98, Juice quickly made a splash by landing a weekly gig at world famous Tipitina’s for a two-month stretch that summer. By September, they were recording their debut CD, Fortified, which was independently released in March 1999. Keeping in their live philosophy of musical spontaneity, the recording quickly became a “Who’s Who” of the thriving, young New Orleans funk scene. Various members of local stalwarts All That, Mulebone and Iris May Tango, among others, madeFortified– 9 tracks and 55 minutes of Juice’s unique blend of swampy funk, jazz and rock- one of the most unique releases of the year.
In August of ’99, drummer Aron Lambert joined the band after returning home from 4 years in the Nashville music scene, and immediately the sound of the band shifted from a jam oriented, college-party band to the more sophisticated, syncopated sounds of New Orleans that have since become Juice’s trademark. It also marked the beginning of the whirlwind tour schedule that continues today.
By early 2000, Juice was gaining a stellar reputation for their amazing musical diversity, as well as their 3+ hour marathon shows. In true New Orleans tradition, their penchant for late night jamming (sometimes until the sun came up), earned them a loyal following in the jam band scene and in February 2000, An Honest Tune Magazine– the Southern Journal of Jam- joined forces to throw a series of Widespread Panic after parties. In April 2000, New Orleans-based Louisiana Red Hot Records re-released Fortified just in time for their inaugural performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
By the time 2000 was nearing an end, the national buzz on the band was growing. With tours up the East Coast and multiple tours out West under their belt, Juice were being compared to many of their musical influences, including legendary bands like the Meters and Little Feat- both of whom they had by now performed with. Once again, in true New Orleans tradition their shows attracted acclaimed musicians both locally and nationally. Always willing to take musical chances, they have joined or been joined onstage for impromptu jams by past and present members of the Funky Meters, Widespread Panic, ReBirth and Dirty Dozen Brass Bands, String Cheese Incident, Sly & the Family Stone, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Galactic, Ozomatli, North Mississippi All Stars, Soulive, Papa Grows Funk and many more.
“…next kings of New Orleans style funk.” – LSU’s Daily Reveille
“… jazz, funk, rhythm and blues…taking these roots genres in exciting new directions.” – Billboard Magazine
“Juice delivers the goods… the funk grooves deep and the jams stretch long, often crossing several musical boundaries within one song.” – New Orleans’ Where Ya’at Magazine
“…If Fortified is an indication of where Juice is headed, we’ve got much more to look forward to.” – An Honest Tune Magazine
“Impressive and terrifically snug debut CD.” – Baton Rouge’s Gambit Magazine
“They have garnered much attention as the band to jam with…no frills, no fancy effects. Just the real, raw deal.” – Telluride Weekly
“Adding further variety, Juice is also capable of turning itself into a virtual Little Feat clone, spewing spicy blues as fiery guitar leads clamor for space amidst the drum heavy mix and harmonica melts around the song’s edges.” – The Music Box
“All Lit Up” is like having a utility player in your album collection. It’s all there. There’s harmonica-driven blues numbers, funk forways into the elastic universe of jazz, and catchy rock-n-roll tunes that harken back to the purity of the 50’s when Lee Dorsey and Fats Domino ruled the New Orleans roost.” – Smokey Mountain News
“Like a lot of funk acts, and like almost all jambands, Juice’s studio work is merely a calling card for what they do live, but even as they steer into a more main stream dircetion on this, their second CD, they don’t leave their chops or encyclopedic musical knowledge behind… It’s al ljust a blueprint, mind you, but, it’d be a wonderful world indeed if all houses were built this solidly, or rocked this hard.” – Offbeat Magazine