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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
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.”

Read More at OffBeat.com

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.

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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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Imagine a child of the 80s/90s underground scene falling in with a 70s prog, classically-trained cellist. What do ya get? A refreshing and often unexpected sound. The Two’s are hitting the road this summer with their new release Push On.

The Two’s new EP release Push On showcases the duo’s musical styles covering rock, roots, bluegrass, and classical. The writing and arrangements intentionally work the interplay between the vocal and the cello supported by a rhythmic foundation of guitar and percussion. Recorded in New Orleans by Adam Keil, the five-track EP was mixed by Ben Lorio and Grammy winner Sylvia Massy. The Two’s have opened for such acts as rock legend Heart, international pop Star Zucchero, Dave Matthew’s side man Tim Reynolds, and have placed music on the Emmy award-winning show “Nip/Tuck.”

About Ruby Rendrag
Ruby – the band octopus – delivers a sultry vocal and sets the groove with her guitar and foot-drum kit. She was born to a Houma Indian Mother and a banjo playing, West Virginian Father. Ruby has been a part of the New Orleans music scene for over 18 years performing as a solo artist, and as a side woman with many local acts. She lives a life immersed in music. As owner and manager of NOLA Muse, she helps local, national, and international artists plan and execute their recording projects. She infuses The Two’s with her bluegrass-Led Zeppelin-80’s underground influences.

About Suki Kuehn
Cellist Suki Kuehn was made in Japan (a Navy brat). Growing up he was exposed by his parents to every kind of classical and theatrical music. Although he became an nuclear engineer, Suki has studied cello “on the side” from the fifth grade on. He has lived throughout the US, finally settling in New Orleans after a stint driving subs for the Navy. He plays either an old French cello that for who-knows-how-long lived in a barn south of Paris, or a battered German cello bought from an ancient woman in a dark French Quarter alley. Using a few tasteful effects, Suki weaves texture and force into every song, hinting at rock, folk, jazz, and classical styles.

National Street Date: 7/5/2019

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