Aurora Nealand is currently one of the most powerful forces in the Traditional Jazz scene in New Orleans. She is a fluent soloist, improviser, vocalist, and bandleader. Her presentation is undeniable and she brings a lightheartedness and effervescence to any room that she is in. She can also toss the pigskin like a Manning.
The members of Honey Island Swamp Band met in San Francisco where they were displaced following Hurricane Katrina. A weekly gig at the Boom Boom Room led them to later form the band and move back to New Orleans. They have since become a New Orleans mainstay and continue to tour nationally spreading their unique blend of Roots Rock with a Southern twist.
Colin Lake’s Gospel-influenced Blues style has made him one of the most promising up-and-comers in New Orleans. His open-tuning, finger-picking style of guitar is the perfect launchpad for his soaring vocals. Having recently assembled a band of players that are as talented and committed as he is, the Colin Lake Band is a force to be reckoned with.
The Del McCoury Band is the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass. Their most recent album won a 2014 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album. It was a pleasure shooting them on a sunny afternoon during the Jazz Festival in New Orleans. They were adamant about using no direct lines or close mics in the recording process. Hearing their natural acoustic blend made us quickly realize that this was the way to go.
Luke Winslow King, originally from Cadillac, Michigan, has become a fixture of the New Orleans music scene since moving here some ten years ago. His music seamlessly blends traditional jazz, delta blues, and rock and roll. Joined by washboard/ vocalist Esther Rose, and bassist Cassidy Holden, he has been touring relentlessly since recently signing to Bloodshot Records, even joining Jack White on tour for several dates earlier this year.
The Morning 40 Federation would have provided the soundtrack to “Animal House” had it been filmed in the last ten years. It is a rare occurrence these days for this band to leave the 9th ward. It took an act of God to get them behind the mule, but once they were on board, we couldn’t get them off.