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Erica Falls Brings A Little More Joy To The Holiday Season

Louisiana Red Hot Records is pleased to announce the release of Erica Falls’ soulful acoustic rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

Soul singer and songwriter Erica Falls believes music is a blessing. She credits her unique vintage sound to her childhood growing up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, where her parents introduced her to Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Whitney Houston. This holiday season, Erica infuses a Christmas favorite with her soulful, vintage sound.

“I’ve always wanted to record a Christmas tune and I figured it was about time. This song, written by James Chadwick in 1862, takes me back to when I was in my high school chorus. We would go to hotels, nursing homes, and churches to perform Christmas carols and this one was always my favorite to sing.”

Erica decided to move forward with her idea: “I slept on it for a few days to let the arrangement come to me. This usually happens in my sleep.“ She enlisted local guitarists Chris Adkins and Joy Clark for the project, sending them an a cappella recording to lay the foundation for her vision. Erica brought in Grammy-winning engineer, David Farrell, to track the session at 636 Studios in New Orleans. “They added their magic and together we created a wonderful expression of this traditional Christmas song – they truly helped to bring what was inside my head to fruition. I hope this version brings even more joy to your Holiday Season!”

Street Date: 12/14/2018

“Official Soundtrack from the Award-Winning Documentary”

This star-studded soundtrack from the multi-award-winning documentary “One Note At a Time” features Grammy winners Dr. John and “the Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas, Damion and Charmaine Neville, British jazz drummer Barry Martyn, jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Walter Payton, Jr., The Cliff Hines Quintet, Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and poet Shelton “Shakespear” Alexander, among others with original score by Ray Russell.

The feature film from UK director Renee Edwards focuses on the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and its invaluable role in supporting musicians returning to New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. The live and pre-recorded cuts include original takes on popular favorites from “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” to “This Little Light of Mine” and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson’s New Orleans classic “Carnival Time.” With proceeds from album sales returning to the source that inspired the film, the “One Note At A Time Official Soundtrack” is heartfelt and joyful in a way only New Orleans can deliver.

National Street Date: 8/31/2018

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“Cyril Neville has long been one of our most soulful voices. That, along with his writing and production talents, are on vital display in this stirring collection.” – Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

On Saturday, July 14 The Recording Academy™ will honor its 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients with “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®.” Among those honored will be the likes of Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Tina Turner, and Uptown Ruler himself, Cyril Neville, being celebrated for his work with The Meters. All will occur the day after Neville’s 5-disc box set of his independently produced “Endangered Species” catalog will be released on his son Omari Neville’s nascent label World Order Records, distributed by Louisiana Red Hot.

2018 has proven to be a banner year for the youngest among the Neville Brothers which started with Cyril being awarded OffBeat Magazine’s “Best Male Vocalist” prize. The release represents Cyril and his progeny taking back full control of his career and music, which is plenty to celebrate. The box set includes sought after titles produced by Cyril that were previously unavailable, and which feature a host of Louisiana legends on record. The companion compilation of “Essential Recordings,” curated by LRHR, has already charted on Amazon’s Top 20 Blues releases and is receiving stellar reviews and features the brand new single “Love Has Got To Win” whose exclusive debut will appear on www.relix.com on the day of the album release.

Read Jim Hyne’s full review for Elmore Magazine.

NATIONAL STREET DATE: 7/13/18

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Louisiana Red Hot Records is the proud distributor for New Orleans’ Future Funk super group Water Seed whose latest release “Say Yeah!! Live at the Blue Nile” debuted on the Billboard Charts in four different categories.

Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist, Water Seed is a progressive innovative band that dares to bring musicianship, dexterity and creativity to Funk, Soul, R&B, Fusion, and Future Funk. Spearheading the progressive R&B movement, Water Seed is reminiscent of the funkier side of the R&B genre. Mixing the sounds of James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Prince and Earth Wind and Fire, Water Seed captures a modern sound that bridges the musical gap a la Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Childish Gambino.

Key appearances include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Essence Festival, Trombone Shorty’s Shorty Fest, and headlining at the Apollo Theater with a sold out show. Beyond their weekly residency at New Orleans’ esteemed Blue Nile, Water Seed maintains an aggressive touring schedule, sharing stages with Janelle Monae, Tank and the Bangas, Lalah Hathaway, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Cyril Neville. Their self-released studio album “We Are Stars” climbed to #27 in the R&B album charts. The follow-up live album “Say Yeah!!” is a love letter to the worldwide fans who have fueled their steady climb. The Deluxe edition includes live concert footage for all songs included on this one of a kind recording.

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“I listen to her when I want to be high on my soul.” – Lilli Lewis fan

Set against the buoyant backdrop of the New Orleans bon vivant, “The Henderson Sessions” is an exquisitely intimate self-portrait with Lilli Lewis’s vocals set to the barest of piano accompaniment. The record was co-produced by Lewis alongside James “Jimbo” Walsh (HBO’s Treme) and Mark Bingham (Allen Ginsberg, REM, Sun-Ra) at a studio built in a country home in Henderson, LA that was once used as refuge for Walsh’s musical community after Hurricane Katrina. When the three teamed up to demo songs for a full band album, they found the songs had something useful to say in their most raw, earnest, and primitive incarnation.

​Award-winning singer/songwriter Lilli Lewis grew up on a dirt road on the outskirts of Athens, GA. She is the daughter of a southern minister and a Chicago reared civil rights activist, and her bent towards social justice is reflected in her music and stage show. The prolific writer, composer, pianist, and producer has been composing music since she started playing piano at the age of three. Lewis is known for her powerful vocals and progressive message. The classically trained “folk-rock diva” is a sought after featured performer on main stages across the United States and abroad. In 2017, feminist folk trio The Malvinas recorded Lilli’s “O, Let Your Light Shine Bright” (Louisiana Red Hot, 2016) on God Bless the Grass (Soona Songs). Lewis made New Orleans her home in 2013 where she performs regularly as a soloist and with her acoustic soul orchestra, The Lilli Lewis Project (LLP). Lewis is also a current member of sousaphone master Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove.

NATIONAL STREET DATE: 2/16/18

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