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JOHN LISI

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It seems Goodyear’s loss was music’s gain.

Rather than the rote replies of “actor,” “poet” or “teacher” when asked what he’d have chosen if not for his actual career track – John Lisi, in keeping with the decidedly atypical approach he carries from studio to stage, thinks a few thousand feet outside the box.

“I knew since the age of 5 or 6 that I was going to be a musician when I grew up,” he said, “but to be honest if I wasn’t a musician I would love to be a blimp pilot.”

And while he ultimately went for a more gravity-based profession than steering free-flying aircraft, neither the zigzagged path he’s followed since nor the variety of work he’s produced while doing so is any less eclectic than the initial reply might suggest. He played, sang and co-wrote on Rockin’ Tabby Thomas’ “Long Live the King of the Swamp Blues” in 1998, then, a year later, released his debut “Blues For Chloe” – featuring guest bluesmen Big Jay McNeely, Henry Gray, Larry Garner and J. Monque’D.

His first album with Delta Funk, “Preachin’ to the Choir,” was released in 2000 and yielded the follow-up “Can Ya’ Dig It” in 2004. Elsewhere, he co-wrote and played on Big Chief Monk Boudreaux’s “Rising Sun” in 2006, teamed up with Cody Dickenson and Jimbo Mathus on “Dead Cat Bounce” in 2007 and was prominently featured on the Devil Dolls’ “Return of Eve” in 2008. He’s also co-fronted the band Six Strings Down, and, in 2009, received the Slim Harpo Award for Blues Pioneer, alongside Dr. John and Alvin Batiste.

Bottom line, Lisi not only thrives on the work…he loves what he does saying “I have an unshakable belief in my original songs and being able to deliver them live, as well as honestly enjoying creating and performing,” he said. “I don’t have to do this. I get to do this.”

The creative edge was honed along the way on many stops since he first caught the musical bug as a kid in his native New Jersey. A love affair with the trumpet was soon supplemented when he saw an old film of the original Woodstock festival in 1969 and was instantly captivated by the guitar prowess of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend and Alvin Lee, among others.

An initial move to the Gulf Coast brought stints in several Tampa, Fla.-based bands, with which he began developing the dynamic stage presence that’s ultimately become a trademark. From there he went to Los Angeles and worked in genres from blues and funk to rockabilly, swing and metal, toured with several acts and picked up studio guitar work for major network television shows including L.A. Law and Quantum Leap. Relocating his base to New Orleans provided opportunities to play with several Delta staples, including Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Raful and Kenny Neal, Rockin’ Tabby Thomas, Bryan Lee, Galactic, Tab Benoit and Jason Ricci.

“In Jersey, I learned to play with drive and intensity and in Florida we would play insanely long shows. It was a musical marathon training camp,” he said. “In California, I learned to appreciate it is a business and to approach it that way, but in Louisiana I learned to play with soul and not think about what I learned everywhere else. I did set out to play, write and sing. I honestly didn’t think there was any other choice. It’s nice not having to rely or wait around on anyone to finish songs.”

”His offbeat outlook, distinctive voice and instrumental versatility were all put to work on his 2010 release, “Super-Most-Fantastic!” a compilation of eclectic blues that yielded Lisi a glowing review from New Orleans-based OffBeat magazine, which said he “snorts and stomps like an unholy cross between the Chili Peppers’ ‘BloodSugarSexMagic’ and Led Zeppelin’s more wonderfully obnoxious moments on ‘Physical Graffiti.’ The future of New Orleans music.” Other critiques from Living Blues magazine, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper and LiveNewOrleans.com website are similarly positive, calling Lisi “reminiscent of John Hammond Jr., “ saying he “shows that some blues musicians still write songs like the old masters did” and recommended fans “go see (his) band before they get too big for your britches.”

“It’s fun to mix it up while maintaining some form of a musical identity. I love for the band to flex our musical muscles a bit live. When you make a record you owe it to the song to keep things brief – the old saying, ‘Don’t bore us. Get to the chorus.’ If the audience can walk away shocked and amazed, then I’ve done my job – that and with a handful of our music!”


PRESS

“Stunning guitar riffs with blues and funk to create music that is just downright fun.” – Gia Pecoraro, Times Picayune

“Amidst a plethora of talent, the young man made a name for himself through his offbeat portrayals of life, the honesty ringing from his sultry voice and his ability to make his fingers fly…as the mood took him.” – Times Picayune

www.johnlisi.com

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From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jonathon “Boogie” Long was born with the blues coursing through his veins. Brought up in a Southern Baptist community, he first picked up the guitar at the age of six, teaching himself old gospel songs. Years later, a teenage Long found himself playing weekly gigs at blues clubs and events around town. At fourteen, he left school to lay down his roots touring with local legends Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor from 2003 to 2005. Additionally, he has toured with Chris Duarte, Kenny Wayne and Tyree Neal on the Chitlin’ Circuit. Boogie has shared the stage with standout musicians such as Warren Haynes and Govt Mule, Dr. John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Monte Montgomery, Ellis Hall, Kenny Neal, Larry Garner, Henry Gray, Lil Ray Neal, and Lou Marini of the Blues Brothers Band.

In 2011, Boogie Long was crowned Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues” from a field of over 4,000 contestants, in the competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America. Soon after, Boogie was sought out to film 2013’s “Boogie Blues Magic,” an instructional three-DVD set on which he shares his original tricks for learning fundamental blues styles (www.boogiebluesmagic.com). On another recent project, Boogie co-starred in the independent film, “We Be Kings,” a fictional story about an elderly couple that owns a juke joint in the Mississippi Delta.

Boogie currently fronts his own blues/soul trio, The Blues Revolution. His soul-stomping vocals and monster guitar shredding, paired with bluesy songwriting chops make his powerhouse performances a “must see.” In April 2013, Boogie was tapped by B.B. King to support his four week tour. Also, he was given a prime slot at the New Orleans Jazz Fest Blues Stage! Quickly ascending from Baton Rouge to the main stage, Boogie Long is on track with his lifetime goal of championing blues music and its roots. His debut record was released in April of 2013, making his national debut with the follow-up opus “Trying to Get There” on Louisiana Red Hot Records (7/22/2016).

www.jonathonboogielong.com

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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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