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Peter Stampfel’s 20th Century is a 100 song collection produced by iconic indie producer Mark Bingham (Glenn Branca, Hal Wilner, Allen Ginsberg…) recorded over the course of nearly 20 years. It’s being released by Louisiana Red Hot Records November 27.

As ambitious as the project obviously is, the basic underlying concept was dead simple: to record Peter’s favorite song from every year of the 20th century. These are not the biggest hits; in fact some selections are virtually unknown outside circles of the most diehard obsessives obscurantists.

In a sense, Stampfel has been preparing for this project throughout his six decade long career. He started in the 1960’s uncovering and revamping repertoire from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He would rewrite/revise and decompose songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, changing the words and music to fit the times with avant-roots mischief makers the Holy Modal Rounders; playwright Sam Sheppard held down the drum seat for a spell; they lent instrumental support to the debut album of infamous radical poets’ performing collective, The Fugs. The Rounders’ “If You Want To Be A Bird” featured in one of the most pivotal scenes in one of the 60’s most pivotal films, Easy Rider. Stampfel’s never slowed down and never looked back since.

The recording of Peter Stampfel’s 20th Century initially started in 2001 with a core ensemble featuring Amasa Miller from Charmaine Neville’s band, Alex McMurray, Carol Berzas and Jeannie Scofield under the supervision of composer/ guitarist Jonathan Freilich of the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars. Most of the songs from 1901 through 1950 years were done over a few week-long sessions at Bingham’s Piety Street Studios in New Orleans.

The next burst of concerted recording activity came in 2003, with Mark joining Peter in Manhattan for 10 days in the midst of a July heatwave in a downtown loft with no air-conditioning. Drummer James Alsanders was in town and sat in on a few tunes.

Then came the Lull. The last 20 years of the 20th century is not amongst Peter’s favorite musical eras. In 2016, Peter began soliciting song selections from his many friends who were/are music journalists to cover that era. Mark returned to NYC and recorded Stampfel with pianist Steve Espinola helping out at Restoration Sound in Brooklyn.

On his return to Louisiana, Bingham began recording the Lost Bayou Ramblers at his studio in Henderson, LA. He became the guitarist in the Ramblers side project Michot’s Melody Makers, formed by fiddler/singer Louie, co-founder of LBR. Mark wound up enlisting LBR and MMM bassist Bryan Webre and drummer Kirkland Middleton as accompanists recording the final batch of song with plans to finish the project Spring of 2019.

Then Peter lost his voice; His vocal cords didn’t work. He not only couldn’t sing, he couldn’t talk. He spent the next few months re-learning how to sing, using a lower register and less volume.

That Fall, while the Lost Bayou Ramblers were on break, Bingham brought Stampfel down to Louisiana, called in Webre, Middleton, and Michot, added Michael Cerveris (star of the Broadway musical adaptation of The Who’s Tommy) and did the last 28 songs!

100 songs, 18 years of record, a century’s worth of music. A gargantuan effort by any measure – and as hugely rewarding a musical experience as you’d expect.

 

Release Date: 11/27/2020

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On Saturday, Aug. 1, Louisiana Red Hot Records, in partnership with WHIV
FM 102.3 and OffBeat Magazine, will broadcast a MASK UP! COVID DOWN!
concert on 102.3 FM and stream on LRHR’s Facebook Live to raise funds for
Masks For America, a nonprofit that has given over 250,000 free
FDA-certified masks to frontline heroes. MASK UP! COVID DOWN! will air
from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Central.

Louisiana Red Hot Records Label General Manager & Head of A&R Lilli Lewis
is curating the roster for MASK UP! COVID DOWN!, with acts from Roland Guerin and Glen David Andrews to Grammy Nominees Tank and the Bangas, Sean Ardoin and Dwayne Dopsie.

Lewis has co-written and co-produced the MASK UP! benefit theme song to debut 8/1 and spread the word to mask up, protect one another and help eliminate the virus so lives will be saved and live music can get rolling again. Pre-sales are available now with proceeds from the single going towards the cause.

WHIV-FM Founder Dr. MarkAlain Dery, infectious disease specialist for two decades, is also working with the City of New Orleans on his Mask Up initiatives to help flatten the curve as Louisiana becomes a hot spot again.

MASK UP! COVID DOWN! benefit tee shirts will be available from OffBeat Magazine’s merchandise store, and MASK UP! COVID DOWN! masks will be sold at Dirty Coast to raise funds for Masks for America, and remind everyone to care for each other by masking up to bring Covid-19 down.

You can donate directly to Masks for America at: https://www.gofundme.com

Roland Guerin Stands On The Edge Of A New Time In New Song “Hickery Dickery” – OffBeat Magazine

New Orleans singer / songwriter / producer / bass wunderkind Roland Guerin reminds us in his new single produced in quarantine “Hickery Dickery” [Louisiana Red Hot Records] that “With nothing said, we’ll be blin-dead” if time runs out.

Guerin’s musical and songwriting chops were honed in his years touring with the legendary Allen Toussaint, who gave his longtime bass player the lyrics to “Stick to the Basics” after hearing his riffs for the song.

The Toussaint-penned track was part of Guerin’s critically acclaimed album “Grass Roots” celebrated at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in a February record release party, before Coronavirus shut down the music industry.

In addition to being in Toussaint’s band, Guerin was the bass player and music director for the legendary Dr. John, touring with him internationally for years. Of their inspiration, Guerin says: “Allen Toussaint and Dr John always wrote about
inspired truthful things and instances.

A year ago, an older gentleman told me that when he was growing up, he and his peers looked to the musicians to find direction in what was happening in the world, and looked to them for inspiration… he then looked me straight in my eyes and asked: “What are
you gonna do?”

I responded, “It may not be as widely known, but I’m doing it.” Guerin comes by his songwriting naturally, his Creole grandfather was a zydeco musician who wrote a song popularized by Boozoo Chavis: “Paper in My Shoe” — the hit that put zydeco music on the map. Roland’s mother also played bass, his father sang and his uncles were musicians.

“Hickery Dickery” is his warning and glimmer of hope for our turbulent times, in the best tradition of songwriters who reflect back what’s happening in the world, and offer a roadmap out if we listen to our hearts.

Solid As A Rock: Roland Guerin Is Not Waiting For A Stamp Of Approval
– John Wirt, OffBeat Magazine

Dr. John music director and bassist Roland Guerin is exploring a new musical chapter. Drawing from a wide spectrum of genres, Guerin’s latest release Grass Roots displays a singular style driven by stories told through multi-layered melodies, rhythms and expressive lyrics in the range of Steely Dan, John Mayer, Sting and Peter Gabriel.

Roland Guerin found his way back to his musical roots while recording and touring with the masterful Allen Toussaint from 2009 until his passing in 2015. Having collaborated with many legends from Marcus Roberts to the Blind Boys of Alabama, Roland’s debut solo release was dubbed “a literal piece of art” by JazzReview.

Now integrating Americana folk melodies, blues, zydeco, African rhythms, and rock with jazz soloing and orchestral arrangements, Grass Roots’ tender eloquence reveals Guerin’s formidable chops not just in his playing, but in his choices.

Ibanez Artist Feature | Roland Guerin on WGNO


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“the most mesmerizing and soul touching combination of jazz, blues, gospel, and field folk imaginable. The audience went fn nuts.” – Middleton O’Malley, Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Lilli Lewis’ mesmerizing solo set at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s 50th Anniversary set her apart as one of New Orleans’ rising stars. Lilli Lewis celebrates folk music from the African-American tradition, drawing inspiration from all of its forms from Odetta to Bill Withers and beyond. Said to bear “the power of Aretha with the style of Phoebe Snow,” David Kunian of New Orleans’ OffBeat Magazine says of her 2018 national debut The Henderson Sessions, “Lilli has a voice with depth and inspiration that takes the best of jazz, folk, and pop and simply soars.” Her latest recording “We Belong” is the debut release with her ensemble LLP (The Lilli Lewis Project), with special guest appearances from New Orleans legends Kirk Joseph, Dr. Michael White, and Glen David Andrews.

LLP professes itself to be a cult of radical decency, determined to encourage a vision of unconditional community wherever they go. As one listener puts it “Lilli Lewis is one of the best for pure emotional impact and sincerity in her artistry. If you haven’t heard her then do yourself a favor and become enthralled.” Demian Roberts

National Street Date: 9/6/2019

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