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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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“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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NOISEWATER is a New Orleans funk outfit that re-ignites the genre by fusing rock, jazz, reggae, and metal with one question in mind: “Will it FUNK?”

Throwing down where others are phoning it in, NOISEWATER’s hard rocking edge harnesses the New Orleans culture that inspires them while setting stages ablaze with the sheer power of their sound. NOISEWATER is fronted by Norwegian born Ole, Oddlokken, whose psychedelic tenor sax blazes over, under and through a taut, throbbing rhythm section with Brandon Hotard, guitar; former bass player John Meunier, Jr., Cody Fahnestock, drums, Chad Toups, percussion, and the searing Chad Carlile on keyboard and harmonica. The tongue in cheek titles found on their eponymous Louisiana Red Hot Records debut (Smacka Pitch, Boose Looty, Funkoteque) remind you at once that this band will always bring the party. Singles like the aforementioned “Funkoteque,” “Whatcha Know,” and “Funk as Prescribed” are no-holds-barred jams that make the body move and never let up.

NOISEWATER is a local favorite at New Orleans’ favorite venue, the world renowned Tipitina’s, and has supported some of New Orleans’ most potent exports (New Orleans Suspects, Soul Rebels, Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives and Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias to name a few) in concert halls and festival stages all over the Gulf Region. NOISEWATER proves time and again that funk is as commanding and explosive as it ever was, and in New Orleans, they’re leading the charge with “Bro-Funk” at its finest. www.noisewatermusic.com

NATIONAL STREET DATE – 8/10/2018

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