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NOTE: This page is an ongoing listing of LMC press releases since July 1999. To search for your name or band, use the Find (on page) function of your browser. These releases are typically faxed to nearly 300 destinations including all print, radio and television media in Louisiana and to select national music publications. We will provide a listing of these media outlets on our site in the very near future so that Louisiana artists and companies can utilize our database to promote themselves directly.
August 6, 2003
Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame, Armstrong Statue Unveiling
Mon. Aug. 25, 2003 @ 10:30am
(NEW ORLEANS LA) August 6, 2003--The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) announced today that the long awaited opening of the interactive Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame will be held on Monday, August 25 at 10:30 AM at the Henry "Red" Allen Algiers Ferry Landing. The walk, which honors deceased Louisiana jazz legends, features more than a dozen interactive lamps with audio vignettes and photos showcasing the music and history of the honorees.
"This is a dream come true," said Blaine Kern of Mardi Gras World, the sponsor and creator of the Louis Armstrong statue that will grace the beginning of the walk, "I've waited 10 years for this day." Kern, along with New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration, the Orleans Levee Board and the LMC, brought the project to fruition. A consortium of public entities, including federal, state and local agencies and political leaders, raised funds to get the walk constructed. Completion was assured by a donation from Mrs. Jeri Nims, wife of the late Robert E. Nims, for whom the walk is now named.
"This is a nearly one and a half million dollar project to create a historic music memorial that will help educate and inspire all who visit it," said LMC Chairman, Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. "The Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame tells the world that we are proud of our music history."
"Having a music memorial is a wonderful thing," said LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. "As the lead agency working on this project, we conceived the interactive component which makes this a vital educational tool. This long awaited resource is just a step in the right direction. We need to do more to ensure that our future is as influential as our past."
Jim Huey, President of the Orleans Levee Board said, "This is one of the most significant jazz projects in New Orleans history and we are extremely proud to have contributed to it."
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency that works to promote and develop the state's music industry and resources. It is a component of Louisiana Economic Development. For more information visit the LMC website at louisianamusic.
May 3, 2002
N.O. Amusement Tax on Live Music REPEALED
(NEW ORLEANS LA) Friday, May 3, 2002--A split New Orleans City Council yesterday repealed the Amusement Tax. The action culminates a 10 year fight led by the Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) to end the tax which was levied on any establishment in Orleans Parish that featured live music. The repeal becomes effective on January 1, 2003.
"This is a great day," said LMC Chairman Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. "We've fought this tax for a decade. This is a milestone achievement for the LMC and a momentous occasion for live music in New Orleans." Marsalis attended the City Council meeting. As Chairman he kept the tax at the top of the agenda of the agency's activities.
"I can't believe it took this long," said LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. "I've lost track of the meetings we've attended over the past 10 years. This issue has been the number one impediment to live music in New Orleans. Now we can tell the world that we're truly taking care of the business of music in Louisiana. This action will greatly expand the economic development of music in New Orleans." The LMC estimates that the overall economic impact of music is worth $3 billion annually to the Louisiana economy.
The ordinance was authored by outgoing Councilman Scott Shea. He was joined by Troy Carter, Jim Singleton and Oliver Thomas in the 4-3 vote. Shea and Carter have been longtime opponents of the tax. Along with Singleton, this was one of the last votes they cast at what was the last City Council meeting of the Morial administration. New mayor Ray Nagin and three new council members will be sworn into office next week. Nagin campaigned against the tax and called the Council just before the vote to encourage them to repeal it.
"What better time to send the message that New Orleans is ready for business," said MetroVision Chairman Bill Hines to the Council. "We're poised to show the world that we're ready for success and that we respect our music industry."
The Amusement Tax is a 68 year old ordinance that levies a 2% tax on gross sales at any establishment that features live music. Until 1997, the tax was 5%. Thanks to a lawsuit and the legal work of attorneys Justin Zitler and Louisiana State Representative Mitch Landrieu, the tax was reduced. However, at that time all exemptions were removed, and cultural institutions such as the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Audubon Institute's public facilities became subject to the tax. Rep. Landrieu has also introduced a bill in Baton Rouge to kill the enabling legislation that allowed the tax to exist.
The LMC is an agency within the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. For more information visit their website at .
April 19, 2002
LMC Chairman Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. to be
Honored by US Postal Service
(NEW ORLEANS) Friday April 19, 2002--Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) Chairman, teacher, and jazz legend Ellis L. Marsalis Jr., will be honored by the New Orleans branch of the US Postal Service as this year's selection for its 14th Annual Commemorative Souvenir Envelope. The commemorative envelope is issued jointly by the USPS and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation as part of the festivities surrounding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Past inductees include Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, the Nevilles, Irma Thomas, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Doc Cheatham and more.
Marsalis has served as Chairman of the LMC for the past decade and recently retired from the University of New Orleans (UNO), where he headed the Jazz Studies Program. He is also one of the original faculty of the NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, a high school that counts amongst its graduates Marsalis' sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, as well as Harry Connick Jr. and the current director of Jazz Studies at UNO, Terrence Blanchard. "He's considered by many to be one of the most influential music teachers of all time," said LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. "I'm honored to have worked with Chairman Marsalis for 10 years. I know firsthand what an extraordinary and selfless person he is."
The ceremonies will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 10AM on the grounds of the main Post Office located at 701 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans. The public is invited. There will be speeches, music and the envelopes will be available for sale to collectors.
"This is an honor and a gift," said Marsalis. "I've worked hard to help keep our music legacy alive. To be recognized this way means a lot to me." There will be a special musical tribute by the UNO Jazz Band and the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble.
For more information, contact Tanya Shorter of the USPS at 504-589-1968.
April 18, 2002
N.O. Amusement Tax
Set for Council Vote
(NEW ORLEANS) April 18, 2002--The Budget Committee of the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday approved a measure to exempt clubs of 1000 seats or under from the Amusement Tax. The ordinance now goes to the New Orleans City Council for a vote. It is expected to be on the agenda on Thursday, May 2. If approved by the full council, the exemption will take effect on January 1, 2003.
"This is a significant step," said LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. "We've worked to end this onerous tax for 10 years. Now I believe the council is ready. And with Mayor-elect Nagin strongly opposed to the tax, the timing is right." May 2 is also widely recognized a "locals day" at the N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival, making the day of the vote appropriate. Local musicians and music supporters have pledged to pack the council chambers that day.
The Budget Committee grilled LMC Assistant Director Steve Picou regarding issues surrounding the tax. "This will help keep our live music venues open and put musicians to work," he said at the meeting. He was joined by Loyola Music Business Program Director and Nagin Transition Arts & Entertainment Team Leader Dr. Scott Fredrickson who proclaimed that, "this will tell the world that when it comes to music, we're open for business."
"This issue has been a priority for me since assuming my role as Chairman," said Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. "I'm proud of the work our offices have done and grateful to the members of the New Orleans City Council for taking action. Now, let's finish this thing once and for all."
Outgoing council member Scott Shea authored the resolution. He was supported by Troy Carter in the 2-1 committee vote. If the exemption is approved, it will eliminate 90% of the tax base. One council member stated that they would probably amend the resolution to entirely kill the tax to remove the burden from all institutions that have been subjected to it. The Amusement Tax is a 2% tax on all revenues of venues that feature live music, effectively creating a sales tax burden of 11.5%. It was 5% until a lawsuit was filed in 1997. It was declared unconstitutional by the Civil District Court in 1998 but was appealed successfully to the Louisiana Supreme Court. It was originally enacted more than 60 years ago and is cited as one of the main impediments to the music industry in New Orleans.
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency that works to promote and develop commercial music and its related industries in Louisiana.
January 4, 2002
Record Number of Grammy
Nominees with Louisiana Connections
(NEW ORLEANS) Friday, January 4, 2002--Today's announcement by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the nominees for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards included more than 20 nominations with Louisiana connections. Most of the awards will be given out on the February 27 telecast on CBS.
Louisiana's nominees include Lucinda Williams, Harry Connick Jr., Chris Thomas King, Tim McGraw, Terrence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Los Hombres Calientes, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Beausoleil, Kix Brooks, and art director Megan Barra and others. Several nominated CDs feature Louisiana artists such as Gatemouth Brown, the Cox Family and others.
For a complete list, visit .
"This is truly exciting, " said Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) Executive Director Bernie Cyrus, "that in the same year in which we are to break ground on the Grammy Expo we get the most Grammy nominations ever." LMC Chairman Ellis Marsalis noted, "I'm looking forward to the permanent presence of the Grammy organization in Louisiana and to working on educational components. The increased visibility our Louisiana nominees garner is another positive aspect of our growing relationship with this respected organization."
Not all of the Louisiana nominees will get to snare their award during the internationally telecast show. Some of the awards, such as Barra's nomination for Best Recording Package for Sonny Landreth's Levee Town, will be given out at a pre-awards show that will not be broadcast.
The Grammy Expo will be a catalyst for bringing components of the awards, and the show, to New Orleans in the future. Shea Dixon, a longtime proponent of the Grammy Expo, said, "We still would love to see the Grammy awards broadcast happen here." According to planners, the show will cut to New Orleans for segments to promote the facility and possibly for a select set of awards presentations.
Last year, 15 nominees had Louisiana connections. "This is a banner year," said Marsalis. "We are pleased that our musical peers recognize the appeal and quality of musicians from Louisiana."
December 6, 2001
Louisiana Film Maker to Debut Music Documentary at Liberty Theater in Eunice
Friday, December 7, 2001
Public is Invited
(EUNICE, LA) December 6, 2001--Pat Mire, the native Louisiana film maker of Dirty Rice and a series of acclaimed documentaries on the history and culture of the Cajun people, will debut his latest work this Friday, December 7, 2001 at the Liberty Theater in Eunice. Titled Forever My Love: Music from the Bayou, the documentary follows Gerry McGee, son of Cajun legend Dennis McGee, as he travels south Louisiana jamming and visiting with his many talented friends and family.
There will be two showings. An invitation-only debut will happen at 7:00PM. The public showing will follow at 8:30PM.
Gerry McGee left Eunice more than 40 years ago to pursue a musical career. He ended up in California, joining Kris Kristofferson's band and musical legends The Ventures. He is an accomplished guitarist whose work has been acclaimed by no less than Eric Clapton. He is also an accordionist whose knowledge of traditional Cajun music runs as deep as his heritage.
Forever My Love is an affectionate trip through the Acadiana with McGee as the central character. He visits with family and friends, including musicians Michael Doucet, Sonny Landreth, Sam Broussard and many others. It is a lovingly shot film that portrays the deep connections that cause McGee to return home every year to rekindle his Cajun roots. Slated to air on Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the documentary is one of several produced and directed by Pat Mire to be carried by the state's flagship public television network.
The Liberty Theater was built in 1924 and is the home of the popular live music television and radio show, Rendez Vous Des Cajun, staged every Saturday night. The show attracts an audience from around the world and is carried on radio station KRVS and on the Internet via .
For more information on how to obtain tickets to the debut, call the City of Eunice, Office of the Mayor at . The premier is being sponsored by the Louisiana Music Commission, CLECO, LPB and the City of Eunice.
The Louisiana Music Commission is part of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The LMC works to promote and develop popular commercial music and its related industries in Louisiana. For more information on the LMC visit .
July 9, 2001
ISRC Codes Becoming Necessary for European Airplay
(NEW ORLEANS) Monday, July 9, 2001--The Louisiana Music Commission announced today that special protection codes are increasingly necessary for Louisiana recordings to garner European airplay. ISRC codes, which stands for International Standard Recording Code, are invisible alphanumeric codes embedded into songs that help identify the original source recordings. These codes do not interfere with playback or copying, but help serve as a deterrent to bootlegging of recordings. The program is administered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
"We strongly urge all Louisiana recording artists and labels to learn about and implement ISRC codes," said LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. "This is the best way to protect your songs from being illegally copied and sold." The process of embedding ISRC codes must be done during the mastering stage, in which a recording is prepared for duplication. Typically, a mastering facility will assist the label or artists in acquiring the codes. There is a minimal additional cost. "This is an incredibly cost effective step," Cyrus added. "And now, with European radio stations shying away from product that lacks the code, perhaps everyone will be motivated to do what is needed. It's a matter of professionalism, too."
"Louisiana's recording industry sells to an international marketplace . Conforming to the requirements of this market is critical to our continued success," added LMC Chairman Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. According to statistics compiled by the LMC, Louisiana recording artists are responsible for 1% of sales in the $40 billion worldwide recording industry market.
For more information about the ISRC process, check this weblink:
or visit the LMC website's Links page.
The Louisiana Music Commission is an agency within the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The LMC is charged with promoting and developing popular commercial music and its related industries. For more information, including the agency's latest June 2001 Report, visit their website at www.louisianamusic.org.
Special thanks to Parker Dinkins of MasterDigital Corporation for brining this important information to the attention of the LMC. MasterDigital does audio mastering and restoration. Their website is and phone is .
June 4, 2001
(New Orleans) Monday, June 4, 2001--Louisiana artists are once again topping charts and making history. According to the latest chart numbers in Billboard Magazine, the music industry's main source of such measurements, several Louisiana artists are in top positions.
Lil' Romeo, the 11 year old son of Master P, became the youngest artist to top a chart in Billboard with his hit single, "My Baby," which hit Number 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The tune is also at Number 10 and climbing on the Hot 100 Singles chart. "We're excited about another generation of the No Limit family, " said Bernie Cyrus, Executive Director of the Louisiana Music Commission. "I'm a father, too, and I'm proud of what Master P and Lil' Romeo have accomplished. Rap and hip hop artists from Louisiana are responsible for bringing in tens of millions of dollars into the state's economy, and Master P's No Limit Records is the biggest selling label in our history."
Country artist, Tim McGraw, is holding down the Number 1 slot on the Hot Country Albums chart with his latest release, "Grown Men Don't Cry." McGraw has been a consistent top seller in country music. He and his wife, Faith Hill, have combined career sales of more than 25 million records.
Louisiana artists have consistently sold more than 30 million records a year for the past couple of years and nearly 20 million a year for the past several years. This is a high sales mark not seen since the heyday of Fats Domino in the 1950s. It is estimated that Louisiana artists have sold nearly $1 billion worth of recordings in the past 24 months. The record industry is worth approximately $14 billion annually in North America and nearly $40 billion world wide. Thus, since 1999, Louisiana artists have accounted for nearly 4% of sales in North America and more than 1% of world sales.
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency within the Department of Economic Development and works to promote and develop the commercial music industry in Louisiana. For more information, visit the LMC website at www.louisianamusic.org.
March 31, 2001
Louisiana Music Commission
Sponsors Reduced-Fee Admission to
Music Biz Conference at Loyola March 23-24
Cyrus to Present Proclamation at Opening Ceremony
(NEW ORLEANS) Wed. March 21, 2001--The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) is sponsoring a reduced-fee admission for Louisiana residents to attend the annual meeting of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association to be held on the Loyola University campus this Friday and Saturday, March 23 & 24. The conference is a gathering of music industry professionals and instructors who will discuss issues, procedures and important matters relating to the music and entertainment business. The LMC is providing matching funds to reduce the cost of admission for the first 100 Louisiana residents. The normal price is $45 per day, and with the LMC subsidy will be only $20 per day.
"We want to encourage Louisiana musicians and music industry professionals to participate in these vital discussions,'" said LMC Executive Director, Bernie Cyrus. "This gathering of music industry pros is one of the many positive aspects of the Loyola Music Business Degree Program. People in Louisiana's music business need to attend this event."
Bernie Cyrus will present a Proclamation from Governor Foster declaring Friday, March 23 as Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Day during the opening ceremonies at 8:30AM.
What: Opening of Music Biz Conference, Proclamation from Gov.
When: 8:30AM Friday, March 23, 2001
Where: Loyola University of New Orleans
Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall (immediately behind the music building)
For more information on the conference:
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency within the Department of Economic Development. Its mission is to promote and develop the music industry in Louisiana. For more information visit the LMC website at www.louisianamusic.org.
February 21, 2001
GRAMMY TELECAST: LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS TO 15 AWARDS
(NEW 0RLEANS) Feb. 21, 2001--Fifteen of the Grammy Awards to be given out tonight have Louisiana connections. This Media Advisory is to assist the Louisiana press in accurately reporting on the state's winners. Here are the Louisiana-related nominees and categories:
Britney Spears Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Oops! I Did It Again"
Britney Spears Best Pop Vocal album for "Oops! I Did It Again"
Mystikal Best Rap Solo Performance for "Shake Ya Ass"
Terence Blanchard Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for "I Though About You"
Branford Marsalis Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group for "Contemporary Jazz"
Aaron Neville Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for "Devotion"
B.B. King & Dr. John Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)"
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Electric Lullaby"
Bobby Rush Best Contemporary Blues Album for "Hoochie Man"
Jo-El Sonnier Best Traditional Folk Album for "Cajun Blood"
Tim McGraw Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "My Best Friend"
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Let's Make Love"
(Kix) Brooks & Dunn Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "You'll Always Be Loved By Me"
Pantera Best Metal Performance for "Revolution Is My Name"
Nine Inch Nails Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Into The Void"
Several of these awards will be announced just prior to the telecast. For more information on those awards, visit the Grammy website at .
February 19, 2001
WSJZ "Smooth Jazz" Radio Station Announces All Louisiana Music Day
(New Orleans) New Orleans' Smooth Jazz 94.9 WSJZ will celebrate New Orleans' Mardi Gras holiday with an All-Louisiana Music Special. "It will be a great addition to this festive holiday!" says station manager Mark Edwards.
Beginning Lundi Gras Monday February 26, at 6pm and continuing through Mardi Gras day, February 27, the station will feature New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, Mardi Gras Music and other New Orleans Party Classics.
WSJZ can be heard at 94.9 FM, 94.7 FM on the North Shore, and on the web at .
February 13, 2001
(New Orleans) Feb. 13, 2001-"This ruling stops a looting mentality," said Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) Executive Director, Bernie Cyrus, on Monday's Court of Appeals ruling that effectively shut down the music swapping Internet service. "The court stepped in because the technology moved faster than the system's ability to protect the creators of intellectual property," he added.
As Executive Director of the LMC, Bernie Cyrus is charged with leading the state's efforts to promote and develop Louisiana's music industry. "We're excited about how the Internet has empowered artists by giving them a new and powerful avenue for reaching their audiences. However, the development of Napster and other peer-to-peer file sharing programs is a threat to commerce and prevents creative artists from having the ability to sell their works. If an artists wants to give away their music, they can do so on their own websites or on sites like MP3. But Napster doesn't have an opt-out mechanism that allows an artist to withdraw their work from the system. This kind of protection is important. Copyrights are to musical artists what patents are to inventors. Artists deserve the protection the court afforded."
Cyrus added, "Napster does have an upside, though. Many artists find that their audiences at live shows discovered the bands via the exchange or trading of songs with other fans. I hope that the courts and the industry can find a way to balance this phenomenon so that artists and the general public can contribute fairly to the well-being of all. Perhaps a subscription model, where users pay into a fund that is distributed to the artists whose songs are being swapped, is the way to go."
The LMC monitors several publications and websites that carry news about developments affecting the music industry. The agency participated in the Tulane Law School "Music in the Digital Millennium" forum on October 1999 that attracted major players in the worlds of music, law, the Internet and related industries. The LMC also co-sponsors the Cutting Edge music conference and other seminars dealing with music industry issues. The agency is also working with Louisiana companies such as Vedalabs and Certia in developing secure digital download technologies.
The LMC is an agency with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. For more information on the work of the LMC visit www.louisianamusic.org.
January 16, 2001
(New Orleans) January 16, 2001--Which tale of New Orleans is true? The one that portrays a seductive city of incredible food and music or the seedier one seen from footage during Mardi Gras of drunken tourists and dirty streets? Stephen Kinzer, reporter for the New York Times, spent five days in the Big Easy to find out. His visit took him through Bourbon Street clubs and restaurants, the French Quarter, and neighborhoods bordering the city.
He stopped at Donna's Bar & Grill and was treated to the sounds of New Orleans Jazz by Bob French and his Original New Orleans Tuxedo Band; the Old Point Bar who had Johnny Vidacovich; Mid-City lanes Rock 'N' Bowl offered zydeco; the Funky Butt where Jason Marsalis was playing; then on to, what Kinzer termed "the classiest jazz club in New Orleans, Snug Harbor and the sounds of Clarence Johnson III. He rounded his stay with a stop at Tipitina's where he was treated to a smorgasbord of New Orleans finest entertainers such as trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, Bob French & Kid Chocolate, pianist David Torkanowsky, saxophonist Eric Traub, Allen Toussaint, and Cyril Neville. As Kinzer sat in Tipitina's enjoying this musical feast he was told "we should learn to treasure moments like this. They don't come along that often." This from a guy who knows New Orleans' music scene, Times Picayune music writer Keith Spera.
According to Kinzer, "The New Orleans music scene is vibrantly alive. It has moved out of the heart of the tourist zone to its fringes." Jason Patterson, who books the bands at Snug Harbor, told Kinzer "New Orleans was known as a great music town long before Bourbon Street developed into little Las Vegas. There's still something happening here that doesn't happen in many other places. I'm pretty demanding, and I never get bored."
You can read Kinzer's article, dated January 14, 2001, in full by visiting the New York Times web site at or the Louisiana Music Commission web site at www.louisianamusic.org.
January 5, 2001
(New Orleans) January 5, 2001-- Baton Rouge native and blues musician Chris Thomas King portrays the role of fictional wandering bluesman Tommy Johnson in Joel and Ethan Coen's most recent movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? King tapped into his many hours of listening to his mentors over the years. Son of legendary blues man Tabby Thomas, King grew up hearing the blues at his fathers Baton Rouge nightclub, Tabby's Blues Box.
"It's great to see Chris get the recognition that he has long deserved" says Louisiana Music Commission Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. Proud Papa, Tabby Thomas added "this is a golden opportunity for any young person, but for Chris it will add to his legacy as an entertainer. Chris did an excellent job. He didn't over act, just played himself."
O Brother opens nationwide this month, starring George Clooney, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, and John Turturro. See Gambit Weekly, January 2 edition, for an in-depth story.
November 30, 2001
MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA
GIFTT Music released Clarence Samuels CD "The House of Blues" for more information contact (504) 822-3521.
The Rounder Group released 2 new CD's: The debut four release of the "Heritage Series" was culled from Rounder's acclaimed catalogue of over 3000 albums by both legendary & lesser-known roots music icons. In stores October 31 it features Johnny Adams "There is Always One More Time", Champion Jack Dupree "A Portrait Of", Roomful of Blues "The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too", and Boozoo Chavis "Johnnie Billie Goat." For more information contact Rounder Records at
Skyview Music Co. announced Hector Nieves latest CD titled "Saints Are Real At Last." For more information contact Skyview Music at .
Bluff Road Recording announces a first by Redd Skyy titled "Right Side of the Bed". For more information on this new release, contact Howard Cowart of Bluff Road Recording at or Lyman Ellerman .
Louisiana Red Hot Records released Big Boot Shimmy's "Jonas Risin'" under
Tipitina's Endangered Species Records . For more information contact John Guarnieri-Louisiana Red Hot Records .
CSP Records announced 2 new releases: "2000" by Van Broussard & the Bayou Boogie Band, available at all Music Center's November 21 and "Walkin' The Dog" by The Boogie Kings. For more info contact CSP Records .
For up to date information on the latest releases around Louisiana, visit .
November 29, 2001
Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Hall Placed On The
National Register of Historic Places
(New Orleans) The Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Hall on Lamarque Street in Mandeville has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. "...the Dew Drop is unique and priceless because it stands alone, is a rare example of the turn-of-the-century black rural music hall and, remarkably, it has stood on that spot since 1895 basically intact. It was a vital focal point of Mandeville's black community for about 50 years until it was closed," said Donna Fricker, Louisiana's National Register coordinator for the Division of Historic Preservation of the state Division of the Arts. In December 1998 the lakefront 1837 Creole Colonial house was placed on the list.
Dr. Jinx Vidrine had the foresight to realize the importance of preserving such a historical piece of property and the city of Mandeville recognized the significance of saving this bit of history. A great deal of thanks goes out to Dr. Vidrine for her generosity and willingness to donate the Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Hall to the city of Mandeville. "We are very excited and very pleased about this significant recognition," said Mayor Eddie Price. "This recognition is long overdue and we are proud to be part of the initial preservation of it," says Louisiana Music Commission Executive Director Bernie Cyrus.
October 25, 2000
(New Orleans) October 25, 2000--Over 50 bands will perform during the Bluestock Festival on world famous Beale Street in Memphis November 17 & 18. The entertainment line up includes New Orleans notables such as Irma Thomas, The Wild Magnolias, Henry Butler, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Carey, and the John Lisi Blues Band. Bluestock is introducing Zydeco, Urban R&B, World, Roots Rock, and Jazz to the line up with the goal of celebrating the similarities of music, which was so strongly influenced by Blues and R&B. In addition, Quint Davis is being honored during the Van Guard Award Luncheon on Friday with a Saturday night star studded VIP "Shake Your Blues Thang" reception to benefit Family Servcies of the Mid-South.
Amtrak is designating the City of New Orleans train as the Blues train carrying artists and music supporters to Memphis.
For more information on Bluestock 2000 or the Blues Train, contact Bertram Lyons at (901 526-4280 or check out their website at
The Louisiana Music Commission Launches
Buy Louisiana Music
The Louisiana Music Commission has been successful in its endeavors to promote Louisiana's commercial music and the musical legacy of the state and has formulated a campaign to bring that effort to a higher level. Via the internet, buylouisianamusic has been established to assist artists in getting their music heard and sold. The web site has a complete listing of all Louisiana radio stations playing Louisiana music and will incorporate new CD releases and where they can be purchased. Artists are encouraged to submit their new works to the LMC via mail for inclusion in the web site.
As a compliment to the Buy Louisiana Music campaign, Executive Director Bernie Cyrus is hosting a new weekly radio show, Eagle 106.1 Louisiana Music Showcase. The show will spotlight a group or artist each week featuring on air interviews and cuts from their latest CD's. In addition to the one hour show, the group or artist will receive air play the week prior to the show. The show will focus on Rock, Blues Rock, Louisiana Southern Rock, and Progressive Rock & Roll. The Eagle 106.1 Louisiana Music Showcase will air every Sunday evening at 8:00pm on 106.1 FM. "Being able to overcome a lack of commercial radio support is a paramount issue for this commission and this show will continue a long history of our efforts to utilize this important format" says Cyrus. He adds, "hopefully, this will be another new tradition for bringing Louisiana music to the masses."
For more information about the Eagle 106.1 Louisiana Music Showcase or buylouisianamusic contact Nanette Struck at .
September 8, 2000
Louisiana Music Commission Secures $5,000 Contribution
from Recording Industry Association of America for
LSU Medical Center New Orleans Musicians Clinic
(NEW ORLEANS) Wednesday, September 8, 2000--The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) announced today that it secured a $5,000 donation from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the LSU Medical Center New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC). The check will be transferred during a press conference at the clinic Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30 AM.
"To have a healthy music industry, we need healthy musicians," said Ellis Marsalis, Chairman of the LMC. "This clinic is a very important acknowledgment that Louisiana cares about its music professionals."
The clinic was established in 1998 by the partnership of the N. O. Jazz & Heritage Foundation, The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans and the LSU Health Care Network with the assistance of the American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496 and the generosity of several individuals. It is the first of its kind in the country and a model being studied by other cities.
"There is a small fraternity of medical school deans in this country," said Dr. Rob Marier, Dean of the LSU Medical School. "I sincerely hope that they will want to follow our lead in service to musicians."
The NOMC seeks to address the specific health care needs of musicians. "We want to be to musicians what sports medicine is to athletes," said Dr. Cathi Fontenot, Medical Director of the clinic. Care is available to all whether insured or not. "It's not a free clinic," Dr. Fontenot added. "However we can help musicians who are not insured. Fees can be based on ability to pay. We have people here to assist with that process. This is a comprehensive wellness center."
The RIAA contribution was secured by Steve Picou, LMC assistant director. The agency has been working to help find funds and support for the clinic. "Our offices are dedicated to seeing this clinic succeed," said LMC director Bernie Cyrus. "It's wonderful that Louisiana is the first state to have such a facility for musicians since this is where so much of American music was born."
Hilary Rosen, RIAA President and CEO said, "Musicians are the the heart and soul of the recording industry. We know that in Louisiana, music is a vital part of the economic well being of the state. It is strong programs like LSU's that are vital in helping musicians when they need it most. We are proud to support and appreciate the work that LSU Health Care Network has done and will continue to do to help music thrive."
The New Orleans Musicians Clinic is located at . For more information visit the clinic website at
August 18, 2000
(NEW ORLEANS) Friday, August 18, 2000--The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC), through its sponsorship of the 8th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference, has underwritten a discount registration for this year's event. Bernie Cyrus, Executive Director of the LMC said, "The Commission has regularly supported the Music Business Institute's (MBI) efforts. By working with MBI's Cutting Edge Music Conference, we are helping expose more musicians and music professionals to the networking opportunities and educational tools they need to be more successful in today's music business." The conference takes place September 20-24 in New Orleans.
Particularly helpful will be the reduced rates for non-attorneys interested in attending Cutting Edge's Entertainment Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar (CLE). The entertainment law seminar was credited by Billboard magazine as "receiving high marks" for its content and presentation.
The LMC strongly encourages everyone in the music business to take advantage of this discounted registration. "This is the best priced music business seminar available in this region of the country," Cyrus added. "Musicians and those interested in working in the music industry in Louisiana should attend this conference and take advantage of this bargain. In doing so, they will learn more about the state of the music industry and get a chance to meet and mingle with important players and business leaders."
Cutting Edge Registration Discount Admission Fees: (Not available to those seeking CLE, CPU or CFE credits)
Full Registration: $75
Special Day Rate: $35
Entertainment Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar (Non-attorneys) &endash; workbook sold separately
Full Registration $125
Special Day Rate $50
Day rates $15
Law Student CLE Rates $25 a day
For more information
Contact: Cutting Edge Music Business Conference &endash; (504) 945-1800
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August 10. 2000: MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Baton Rouge) Kenny Kleinpeter released his new CD "Northshore" featuring an eight page booklet with photographs and stories relating to the music he wrote for this latest CD. For real audio samples log on to his web site at or contact Kenny at . Ask him about his special order!
(New Orleans) Rounder Records announced the July 11 release of Charivari's new CD "I Want to Dance with You." This group of young Cajun musicians play energetic and emotionally unreserved music combining strong vocals and bluesy melodies. "I've tried, unsuccessfully, to play their CD as background music, but it sneaks into my soul and won't let me sit still. You've gotta love 'em!" -Jay Ungar. For more information visit or contact Rounder Records Group at .
(Denham Springs) Steel Toe Cowboy released their first CD, "Puttin The Hammer Down" on Dog Gone Good Records. Recorded, produced and mixed in Louisiana, the CD features foot stompin country tunes and soulful ballads offering a little something for everyone. For more information contact Glen Bacot .
(Covington) The Abita Music Company released Jerry Embree Swing Band's new CD, "Bourbon Street Swing!." It contains 15 tracks of classic swing dance material and new compositions, featuring vocalists Cherie Mannino, Erving Charles, and Jerry Embree. For more information contact or log on to jerryembree.
(New Orleans) New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Company's "Get Down To It" CD has won the semi final round in the Born On The Web song contest. The band will compete against four other semifinalists for $25,000 in cash and prizes. "We have worked with Michelle Ploue & New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Co prior to this CD's debut and have always considered them potentially worthy of national success" says LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. Chairman Ellis Marsalis, Jr. sends his congratulations and wishes them luck as they represent Louisiana.
Press Releases from July 1999 to May 2000:
July 2, 1999 GET EXPOSED! An international resource on bands and businesses throughout the Louisiana area is currently in progress. The 2000 Edition of the Louisiana Music Directory will be flying off the presses later this summer. "This directory is the statewide authority on musicians, agents, labels, CD manufacturers and much more" touts the publisher. Listings in the widely distributed directory are free. The deadline is July 31,1999. For more information or details contact Melissa Crory of Offbeat Publications at .
July 8, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (New Orleans) Join the New Orleans Film & Video Society (NOF&VS) at their open membership meeting July 14, 1999. The meeting is free and will include a demonstration by Larry Blake on sound for film. Mr. Blake's credits as sound editor & re-recording mixer include films as Out of Sight and Sex, Lies and Videotape, King the Hill, The Pallbearer, Love Jones and his new upcoming feature Kitchen Privileges. The demonstration will cover various stages of the film process, starting with the production track, through dialog editing ADR, Foley, Sound Effects, Sound Design, and Music. A question & answer session and refreshments follow the demonstrations. The event will take place at Ultrasonic Digital, 400 Lafayette St., Suite 130 from 6pm to 8pm. For more information contact NOF&VS at .
(Baton Rouge) Swahili Records signs new artist, releases 2 new CDs. Country music artist Judd Bares of Sulphur, LA is the newest artist signed to Swahili Records. Judd begins work on his cd this summer. Section 8 recently completed work on their new cd titled "Lets Go To Mars". The cd combines hard driving rock with an airy sound. Tuba's cd, titled "Sandwich", is a mix of pop with some hard rocking songs. Both CDs are due out by mid July. According to Jason Hewitt, owner of Swahili Records, "we feel that we have completed two albums that are good enough to have multiple singles on the radio." For additional information contact Jason Hewitt of Swahili Records at .
(New Orleans) World renowned recording artist Melba Moore is set to headline Gospofest New Orleans 1999. This year is the premier of the two-day festival which takes place at Louis Armstrong Park on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. Music lovers will be treated to the sounds of local artists and choirs, New Orleans cuisine in "The Flava of New Orleans" food court and shopping through Gospomart for music, books, clothing, and arts and crafts. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12. For additional information or for advance tickets contact Gospofest New Orleans 1999 at .
July 22, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Ville Platte) Flat Town Music & Swallow Records released a new cd by Ray Landry & the Basile Cajun Band with Nonc Allie Young. The cd is titled "La Musique Que Viens Du Beaubassin" and is filled with traditional style cajun music. For additional information contact Ray Landry at .
(New Orleans) Loyola University to host the 1999 New Orleans Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival. The event is scheduled to begin August 1 and conclude on August 8. Twelve pianist representing eight countries will compete in the 11th N. O. International Piano Competition. The Keyboard Festival offers master classes, lectures and additional concerts during the week. For additional information and ticket requests contact MASNO. (Lake Charles) PME Music & PenWoman Records announce the release of Melissa Sigler's debut album titled "Easy Way Out". The cd was released July 16 and can be found at Sam Goody/Musicland in Prien Lake Mall, Lake Charles. The album contains 12 original songs written, composed and arranged by Melissa Sigler. For additional information contact PME Music & PenWoman Records at or visit Melissa's website at .
(New Orleans) Boat Music announced the release of recording artist Marilee's new cd titled "Here Being Your Mirror". A cd release party is scheduled for August 19, 1999 at Tipitina's Uptown. According to Ron Heard, one of the founding members of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, "this is one cd everyone will cherish again and again." For more information contact Boat Music at or visit Marilee's website at
August 26, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (New Orleans) Chris Vincent's "The Delta Blues at its Darkest" on Jule Music and Front Porch Records. For more information contact Julia Applegate, Artist Relations, at Front Porch Records via .
Lenny McDaniel's "The Blues Side" on Cafe Au Lait Records and Sweet Pea's Revenge's "Bloodfire" , both recorded at Delta Wave Recording Studio (formerly Mea Culpa). For more information contact Paul Trahan of Delta Wave at .
(Eunice) Jr. Melancon & the Come Down Playboys "Havin' Fun" Eldridge Augillard's "Instrumental Cajun Fiddling" Compilation cd titled "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler Vol 1" featuring a variety of artists from the area. For additional information on any of these releases or about the studio, contact Acadiana Records at or Floyd's at .
(Lake Charles)Child's "Wide Eyed & Blind" on TP Records. For more information contact Perry Sanders at
IN PRODUCTION: Delta Wave Recording Studio (formerly Mea Culpa) is currently in production on new works for Obejim, Afrodeecifunk, The Loccest, and Robyn Smiley. Look for more on these new releases in the coming months. For more information contact Paul Trahan of Delta Wave at .
August 31, 1999 Britney Spears Certified as Biggest Selling Female Teen Artist in History (NEW ORLEANS) - The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) has confirmed that today the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified that Kentwood native Britney Spears is the biggest selling teen female artist in history. Spears' debut album, which was released during the 1998 holiday season last December, has sold more than 6 million copies. Spears deposes country star LeeAnn Rimes who sold 5 million copies.
"This is another great milestone for Louisiana music," said LMC Executive Director Bernie Cyrus. "Britney is continuing a legacy that makes Louisiana the wellspring of America's music." Cyrus is also in negotiations with Britney Spears' management who are seriously considering shooting the teen star's next music video in Louisiana. "We have many great locations here that they are considering," said Cyrus. "Even Governor Foster's home is being looked at as a possible site." Cyrus is also working to get Spears' management to consider utilizing a Louisiana director. "We know that it will cost them a little more to shoot here instead of Los Angeles, but we're trying to work out details that will help convince the production company to use Louisiana," Cyrus said. "I know Britney wants to shoot here, we just have to work out the cost factors," he added.
"Louisiana continues to influence the world," noted LMC Chairman Ellis L. Marsalis Jr., patriarch of the renown Marsalis family whose jazz legacy continues to reach new heights. "Britney Spears is a talented singer whose success proves that Louisiana is still the musical center of the universe."
Several Louisiana artists and companies are currently certified with multi million sales in the past year by the RIAA, including Baton Rouge's No Limit Records, New Orleans' Cash Money Records, Shreveport artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Kix Brooks (of Brooks and Dunn), and country mega-star Tim McGraw. Other Louisiana artists selling lots of records these days include Sammy Kershaw, Better Than Ezra, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Wynton Marsalis and many others.
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency within the Louisiana Department of Economic Development charged with the promotion and development of the state's popular commercial music and its related industries. For more information on the work of the LMC, visit their website at www.louisianamusic.org.
September 10, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA Beau Jocque Dead of Heart Attack Legendary zydeco artist Beau Jocque, whose real name was Andrus Espre, died unexpectedly this morning at his home in Kinder, Louisiana. Beau missed the recent Zydeco Festival in Plaisance due to the death of his father just two weeks ago. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.
(Ville Platte) Jin Records released Don Rich's third cd featuring 15 original country songs and titled "I Want You.". The cd is available at most record stores and by mail order via Floyd's. For more information contact Floyd's at or visit their website at
(New Orleans) Ralph Records & Productions released 17 year old Abbeville native Blake Luquette's latest cd titled "What If". The cd features 11 new songs and a remake of Kenny Loggins tune "Danny's Song." For additional information contact Eddy Deloney of Ralph Records & Productions, Inc. at .
(Covington) Christian Serpas & Ghost Town beat out hundreds of area artists to win the New Orleans title of the Jimmy Dean True Value Country Showdown. The competition was held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 28. The now advance to the Louisiana state finals at the state fair in Baton Rouge on October 31. The national winner receives $50,000. For information contact Christian Serpas & Ghost Town at or visit their website at .
September 13, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Baton Rouge) Club Louisianne released the latest cd by John Fred titled "I Miss Y'All" (The Unreleased Masters). John's 1958 recording of "Shirley" made the Billboard top 40 charts when he was 16, in 1968 "Judy in Disguise" reached #1 worldwide. This latest cd is a link in John's Rock n' Roll legacy. For more information contact John Palazzotto of Club Louisianne at or visit their web site at .
(Scott) Swallow Records and Flat Town Music released Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys new cd titled "Pour la premiere fois." "True to their Cajun background, the Ossun Playboys perform traditional tunes, but they also like to experiment a little in pushing the limits of cajun music. The mixture of old and new is available in this cd." For more information contact Kevin Naquin at or visit their web site at .
(Lafayette) CSP Records announced the release of Louisiana Legend Rod Bernard's newest cd titled "A Louisiana Tradition." Best known for his 1959 top 20 hit "This Should Go On Forever", this latest cd is Rod's first new recording in over 25 years. The cd features nine original songs with several well known cover songs and is being distributed statewide by Gonzales Music Company and Floyds Record Distributing (Ville Platte). For more information contact Jimmy Rogers of CSP Records at or Gonzales Music .
(New Orleans) Flattop Productions invites you to the Grand Christening Maiden Voyage of the Carnival Ball Tour Parading Concert Series. His Majesty and his beloved Queen call their Royal Court for an evening of rhythm, revelry and rhyme Costumes recommended. Live music by Re-Birth Brass Band, New-Birth Brass Band & Honey Pot, following the Phish concert this Sunday, September 26 at Cafe Brazil, 2100 Chartres St. starting at 11:00pm until. For more information contact Chris Haller at .
October 19, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Lafayette) Lonyo Tunes, Inc. released 2 new CDs: Sleeping Village's the alien prophet and Ferral Manuel's self titled cd. Ferral's latest cd is touted as "Chris Isaak meets Randy Travis" and features 10 new original songs. For more information contact Lonyo Tunes, Inc. at .
(Ville Platte) Flat Town Music Company announces T-Mamou's newest cd titled Cajun & Creole Jam featuring some "Get Down" funky cajun music. According to Flat Town, this new cd is a sensuous dance music gumbo with plenty of cajun and creole seasoning! T-Mamou has found a groove to attract young and old. For more information contact Flat Town Music Company at .
(Baton Rouge) Swahili Records currently have two new CDs in the works. 'Sandwich by Tuba and Lets Go To Mars by Section 8. Both CDs will be released by the end of October. For more information contact Swahili Records at . (Los Angeles) Pal Productions and W3 Public Relations announce the release of "Back To The Big Easy", a loosely based companion piece to the successful The Big Easy soundtrack. Compiled and produced by Johnny Palazzotto, the cd is a Cajun and zydeco mix of blues, R&B, country, rock and French fold. This is a compilation cd collection of many of the great New Orleans Cajun and zydeco artists of the last several decades such as, the late Clifton Chenier who is recognized as the King of Zydeco, Irma Thomas "the Soul Queen of New Orleans", Grammy-winner Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bobby Charles, and Luther Kent (to name a few). For further information and review copies, contact Sharon Weisz or Elizabeth Pendleton at .
October 28, 1999 MUSIC IN THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM SUMMIT (New Orleans) Tulane University Law School presents a two day summit on Music in the Digital Millennium. The summit is free to all musicians and is being conducted November 5 & 6 at the Kendall Cram Hall of Tulane University, 6329 Freret St., New Orleans. For more information contact Ann Schumacher at or visit the summit's web site at
December 3, 1999 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (New Orleans) Basin Street Records announced the following releases: Los Hombres Calientes, Volume 2, features an array of new compositions and arrangements with over 71 minutes of music. Irvin Mayfield's self titled cd is his debut as a solo leader. The cd was produced by Delfeayo Marsalis and features 9 new compositions. Jason Marsalis'' debut cd titled "The Year of the Drummer." Ellis Marsalis says that Jason shows more musical talent than any of his older brothers did at the age of 21. "One of Jazz's most promising young drummers" says Down Beat. Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers Live was recorded at Tipitina's in front of a packed house. Kermit Ruffins is "New Orleans' Entertainer of the Year" and the CD is "phenomenal" according to Offbeat Magazine. For more information on any of the above releases, contact Basin Street Records at or visit their web site at
(New Orleans) Papillon Records of Nashville announced Kenny Gill 's latest cd titled "A Tribute To Chet" as a tribute to his long time friend Chet Atkins. Known more in Jazz circles, this is Kenny's first recording of finger picking style guitar. The cd can be found at any Ernest Tubb Record Shop. For more information contact :
January 21, 2000 FIRST IN A SERIES OF PUBLIC FORUMS TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE LOUISIANA MUSIC COMMISSION (New Orleans) The Louisiana Music Commission will conduct a Public Forum on January 26, 2000 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the UNO Jefferson Center, 3330 N. Causeway Blvd. in Metairie. This is the first in a series of Public Forums that will be conducted around the State by the Music Commission. These forums will educate the public and those in the music industry on the role, objectives, and goals of the Music Commission. In addition, these forums will offer information and "how to" sessions about the music business. For more information contact Nanette Struck at or visit the LMC web site at www.louisianamusic.org
February 18, 2000 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Alexandria) The Romeos have released their latest cd titled "When In Rome." According to Alexandria's The Town Talk reporter Cynthia Jordan, "..music for the new millennium-evoking styles of the past with a flavor new and fresh and all its own." For more information contact BooRay Music at (318) 442-6300.
(Baton Rouge) Tomorrow Recordings (distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance) released "Funky Nation" by Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers. This is the band's most dazzling effort yet. The eleven originals range in style from "party-hearty grooves", to squeezebox stomp, and the old style down and dirty dance hall funk. All in all, Funky Nation takes you where zydeco is headed for the new millennium. For more information contact Cary Baker at or visit their website at .
(Lafayette) Latanier Music released Native Sons new cd titled "Black Bayou Road." The cd features twelve original songs by the Lafayette group. For more information email Native Sons at .
(New Orleans) Timothea-the "New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Siren" has joined forces with Hep-C Alert to raise public awareness and concern of hepatitis C. The fruit of this partnership is the launch of Timothea's "Siren To Wail" hepatitis C awareness campaign! Visit to learn more about hepatitis C and the "Siren To Wail" campaign.
(New Orleans) Louisiana Red Hot Records released Rhudabega's self titled cd featuring 16 original songs. For more information contact Louisiana Red Hot Records at or Jimmy Ford, Manager, at .
(Ville Platte) Maison de Soul Records & Flat Town Music Co. announce the release of Donna Angelle's latest cd titled "Down the Bayou." The cd is packed with down home, foot stomping Zydeco sounds showcasing Donna's accordion playing, among her other musical skills. For more information contact Floyds at or visit their web site at .
February 15, 2000 PBS Documentary on Ellis Marsalis to Air this week (New Orleans) Local PBS stations this week will air: "Ellis Marsalis: Jazz is Spoken Here", a one hour program profiling the renowned pianist, influential teacher, inspirational role model, and Louisiana Music Commissioner Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. The program will also feature outstanding musical performances, interviews with Marsalis' well-known sons (Branford, Wynton, and Delfeayo), musicians, and teachers - the late Danny Barker, Donald Harrison and Kidd Jordan. Ellis Marsalis: Jazz Is Spoken Here showcases the career of this teacher, coach, entertainer, and father with thoughtful interviews and vibrant renditions of America's musical art. Show time is Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 9:00pm central on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
February 25, 2000 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Eunice) Acadiana Records announced the release of two new CDs in February. "D.I.'s Cajun Jammers Vol. 2" featuring 30 different musicians (ranging in age from 14 to 83) on 18 recordings and Scotty Pousson and The Point Aux Loups Playboys, "Point "Aux Loups Special", featuring 12 cuts with three new Cajun songs. For more information contact Acadiana Sounds at .
(New Orleans) Charles "Chucky C" Elam, the New Orleans Sax player who has recorded and performed with acts such as Edie Brickell to Aaron Neville and Irma Thomas to Marva Wright, has released his debut cd titled "Another Sleepless Night." The cd showcases ten original songs written by Chucky C. A release party is scheduled for March 15 at Rock N Bowl and is being released on Tipitina's Endangered Species label. For more information contact Chucky C at .
(New Orleans) The New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Company released their latest cd, titled "Identity Crisis", at the Madisonville Harbor Bar & Grill, February 12. The cd features ten original songs written by lead singer Michelle Ploue and Brad Burris. The cd is a mixture of rhythm and blues with the flavor of New Orleans. For more information contact The New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Company via their web site at .
(Ville Platte) New from J&S Records, Creole Zydeco Farmers latest cd titled "Zydeco Y2K" featuring 13 original songs. For more information contact J&S Records at
February 25, 2000 Cyrus Co-Hosts Talk Show on WTIX 690AM Weekdays from 2 to 4 PM Highlighting Louisiana Music Industry Issues NEW ORLEANS) Friday, February 24, 2000: Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) executive director, Bernie Cyrus, is back on broadcast radio co-hosting the 2 to 4 PM talk show slot on WTIX 690AM, "The Mighty 690." The show, co-hosted by Christie Hughes, will focus on Louisiana music industry issues, new artist releases, special events and other community interest issues. Cyrus previously hosted "The Louisiana Homegrown Music Show" on WCKW from 1992 to 1993. He also produced and hosted music television programming from 1993 to 1999. As a result of his efforts, Cyrus is credited with putting more Louisiana musical artists on commercial radio and television than anyone in the state's history.
"This is really a blessing," said Cyrus, "Louisiana music needs exposure on radio. That I get to host a talk show which allows me to interview artists and play their music on one of the state's oldest radio stations, which, ironically, is owned by George Buck who happens to operate the nation's oldest continually run jazz label, GHB Records, well, let's just say I'm really happy to be doing this." WTIX broadcasts on 690AM with a 10,000 watt signal that reaches into 5 states.
"This show is a great forum for Louisiana music," Cyrus said. "The station is comfortable with me, and I'm comfortable being on the air live." Local celebrities are comfortable with Cyrus, too. Guests already featured include Pete Fountain--Cyrus' uncle happened to be Fountain's Godfather--and the legendary Fats Domino.
New artists are a regular feature of the show. "We want to give artists and record companies a forum for promoting their CDs," said Cyrus. "They get to talk about the record, a rare opportunity on radio, and the audience gets to learn more about the artists." The show also highlights upcoming events and items of community interest.
The LMC is a state agency responsible for promoting and developing the state's commercial music industry. Cyrus hosts the radio show as an unpaid volunteer serving in his capacity as the LMC executive director. For booking information contact Nanette Struck at the LMC at or via email at . The LMC is an independent agency within the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. For more information about the LMC, visit the agency's website at www.louisianamusic.org.
March 9, 2000 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Lake Charles) PenWoman Records released Melissa Sigler's latest cd titled "Easy Way Out" featuring 12 new original songs. Included is a good foot stompin track titled "The Bra Slingin Boogie" written to get your feet movin and your face smilin! For more information on "Easy Way Out" or PenWoman Records contact (318) 439-2843.
(New Orleans) Louisiana Red Hot Records released Hunter Hayes debut cd titled "Through My Eyes". The cd was released in February with a live performance of the cd by Hunter Hayes. For more information contact Louisiana Red Hot Records at .
(El Cerrito, CA) Arhoolie Records will release The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band's newest cd titled "Sam's Big Rooster" this month. Hailing from Eunice, LA, this "unpretentious trio is about the closest most of us will ever get to hearing an authentic Cajun bas on a screened-in bayou porch" says the Chicago Tribune. This latest cd brings the full range of their varied repertoire from ballads to fiddle solo's with a dose of waltzes and two steps. For more information contact Arhoolie Records at or visit their web site at .
March 30, 2000 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (New Orleans) Next Dominion Music released Who We Are the latest CD from The Soulful Heavenly Stars. The disk features 14 gospel songs such as "Down By The Riverside," " Brother Moses," "O Happy Day" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." For more information contact (504) 341-6270.
(New Orleans) Louisiana Red Hot Records announced the newest release by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band titled Anniversary of a Jazz Legend. The CD celebrates the 110th birthday of its pioneering founder, Nick LaRocca, by releasing material he wrote but never recorded. For more information contact Louisiana Red Hot Records at .
(New Orleans) STR Digital Records news notes: Organist Joe Krown & Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown were featured on Kid Ramos' second CD for Evidence record label; Clarence Johnson III was recently featured on new recordings by Bruce Hornsby and Latin group Cubanismo; Kim Prevost was featured as back up vocalist on the latest Nine Inch Nails album. For more information on STR Digital Records artists contact STR at or visit their website at .
(Shreveport) Susie Q Records released Doug Kershaw's newest CD Two Step Fever ("Fievre De Deux Etapes"). The CD features 12 songs from Doug's memories as a child and includes special guest Michael Doucet (from Beausoleil) on a fiddle duet with Doug. For more information contact Stan Lewis of Susie Q Records at .
Rounder Records Group released Let's Go in February. The CD is Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas latest featuring 14 original songs pushing the contemporary zydeco limits and covering the entire emotional spectrum. For more information contact Rounder Records at .
(Carmel,CA) In time for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Breaker Records is releasing a new CD by two of New Orleans' finest and most notable musicians, Dr. John & Al Hirt. The CD, titled Al's Bliss, features ten new songs with five of the ten being originals by Dr. John. For more information contact Ronald Kabat at .
April 14, 2000 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (Baton Rouge) Peak People Marketing & Promotion announced Louisiana's premier contemporary jazz guitarist, David Frazier, latest release titled "David Frazier, A Touch of Blues." Released on Malaco Jazz/Cat's Paw Records, David's latest compilation features a fusion of jazz innovations, funk grooves, blues licks and Latin rhythms. For more information contact Peak People Marketing & Promotion at .
(New Orleans) Sound of New Orleans recording studios just finished work on GG Shinn's latest release. The yet untitled CD was 3 years in the making with some new songs and great arrangements played by New Orleans musicians making this a great example of Louisiana R&B. For more information contact Gary Edwards at or visit their web site at
(New Orleans) J&G International Marketing Inc. announced the release of Jay Chevalier's single "Run Elian Run." The single will debut on Jim Engster's Louisiana Network Show and coincides with the induction of Chevalier and the "LongShots" into the Louisiana Entertainment Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 16, at the Heyman Performance Art Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. For more information contact J&G International Marketing Inc. at .
May 4, 2000 MUSICAL NOTES AROUND LOUISIANA (New Orleans) Ten of New Orleans' finest live acts are caught on stage at the Dream Palace and are captured on Frenchmen St. Records latest CD Dream Palace Live, Vol II. The CD includes selections by Dwain Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Little Freddie King, Juice, Son Del Pantano, Ready Teddy, Casa Samba, Back Porch Rockers, Hobson's Choice, Hector Gallardo's Impulso, Darby, The Revealers, and Summer Stages. For more information contact Straightwire Studios at .
(New Orleans) STR Digital Records releases Joe Krown's new CD titled Buckle Up in time for Jazz Fest. This latest CD features Joe's mighty Hammond B-3 organ and a set of seven originals plus four carefully selected standard organ tunes. For more information contact STR Digital Records at or visit their web site at .
(Breaux Bridge) Bayou Booking & Management announces Sam Broussard's debut album titled Praise for Geeks. The CD is a 15-track showcase of Sam's lyrical, hard-hitting songs, and his wide-ranging guitar talent. For more information contact Bayou Booking & Management at .
May 10, 2000 URGENT NEWS: FCC SETS LOW POWER FM RADIO APPLICATION WINDOW FOR LOUISIANA MAY 30 -JUNE 5 (NEW ORLEANS) May 10,2000: The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) is spreading the word to qualified nonprofit organizations such as schools, churches and community groups that an application window for applying for Low Power Radio licenses has been set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Louisiana's application window is May 30 to June 5. Applications filed before or after the set dates will be returned. Detailed information on the application can be found at the following website: .
"We see low power radio stations as a major opportunity for Louisiana music," said LMC Chairman Ellis Marsalis. "If we can get high schools around the state to start low power radio stations, the LMC will have a Louisiana Music Network on which Louisiana artists will get needed exposure and air time." Chairman Marsalis has strongly supported the FCC's efforts to expand low power radio licensing, issuing letters of support to Chairman Kennard of the FCC and the Louisiana federal delegation.
Low power radio is a new service established by the FCC this year. It is designed to serve local communities often under served by major radio operations. The LMC sees low power radio as a potential vehicle for the hundreds of CDs released annually by Louisiana artists and labels. "Much of Louisiana music falls through the cracks of commercial radio these days," said LMC director Bernie Cyrus. "We need to get the word out to schools around the state. Having a radio station on campus is a real plus in helping educate our children. Schools need to be media-savvy, and radio fills an important niche when used as a news, information and entertainment medium for imaginative students and faculty."
The LMC is a state agency within the Department of Economic Development charged with promoting and developing Louisiana's commercial music industry. More information is available on the LMC website: .
May 16, 2000 KJJB FM Cancels Local Programming: No More Zydeco or Cajun Music on Station in Heart of Cajun Country, Musicians and Fans Disappointed (New Orleans) May 16, 2000-The Louisiana Music Commission (LMC) announced that an important radio station in Southwest Louisiana, KJJB FM in Eunice, has ceased all local music programming. The station recently underwent a management change when operations were taken over by Cajun Communications of Alexandria. The station will now carry a "Country Heritage" format that includes country music from the last 20 years but does not include music by classic artists like Hank Williams. Zydeco and Cajun music will not be heard on the station.
"If this happens, we see this change as a further erosion of our cultural resources," said LMC director Bernie Cyrus. "KJJB carried zydeco, Cajun, swamp pop and other regional music shows for more than a decade. The loss of this station, in the heart of Cajun country, is very unfortunate." Over the past five years several regional stations that carried local music have been taken over by radio conglomerates that eliminated Louisiana music from their formats.
"Our biggest problem nationwide is the lack of commercial radio support for local artists," said Cyrus. "It's very disappointing that Swamp & Roll, a local show that ran on KJJB for 13 years, has been canceled. That show influenced an entire generation and helped keep our musical legacy going. It's a blow to the region. Louisiana cannot afford to be homogenized by the media. We'll lose our uniqueness. This action sets us back even further."
The Louisiana Music Commission works to encourage Louisiana radio and television stations to feature local artists. In 1999, the LMC estimated that more than 400 CDs were released by Louisiana artists and labels. Music is a $2.5 billion industry in the state, affecting 50,000 jobs and generating more than $100 million in state and local taxes.
The LMC regularly surveys the state's radio stations to determine how many are supporting local music. The latest survey indicates that fewer stations are supporting Louisiana artists and labels than in previous years. "Louisiana music often falls through the cracks of commercial radio," Cyrus said. "Yet, it generates billions of dollars annually. Cookie-cutter radio formats promoted by ever more consolidated radio station ownership are keeping our artists from reaching the public. If we, as a state, don't take care of this resource, who will?"
The LMC is an agency within the state Department of Economic Development and is charged with promoting and developing the state's commercial music industry. For more information, visit the LMC website at www.louisianamusic.org.
May 22, 2000 Correction: Cajun Communications, Not AMFM, Inc., Kills Cajun & Zydeco Programming on KJJB FM, Eunice (NEW ORLEANS) Monday, May 22, 2000--The Louisiana Music Commission issued a correction regarding a press release originally sent on May 16 about the cessation of local music programming on KJJB FM in Eunice. The LMC mistakenly reported that AMFM, Inc. was the new managing partner at KJJB. In fact, the new owner is Cajun Communications of Alexandria, owned by Roger Caviness. Last week, Caviness shut down all local music programming on KJJB, shifting to a full time country format. KJJB had carried many Cajun and zydeco shows and had been a strong supporter of local music since going on the air approximately 20 years ago. The station also carried the famous live shows from the Liberty Theater every Saturday night.
"This is not only tragic, but ironic," said LMC director Bernie Cyrus. "So, Cajun Communications kills Cajun music on KJJB. How can they call themselves Cajun Communications when they are removing Cajun and zydeco from a station that has strongly supported and aired Louisiana music since its inception?"
LMC Chairman, Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. said, "It's a sad day for Louisiana that a station that was dedicated since its beginnings to our music, has now become just another station. This kind of change runs counter to so many people's efforts to preserve and transmit our rich, valued cultural heritage. At a time when so many are flocking to Louisiana to hear our music, removing local programming from a station in the heart of Acadiana is particularly painful."
"The Caviness family once lived in Eunice," said LMC assistant director and Eunice native Steve Picou. "It seems that Roger Caviness doesn't see the importance of this music to the overall economic viability of the Eunice area. And Opelousas, well within the KJJB listening range, just declared itself the Zydeco Capitol of the world. This area is one of the most musically productive places on earth. We need radio to be supportive of our music resources."
Other stations in the area, such as "Louisiana Proud" KBON FM in Eunice and KVPI in Ville Platte are expected to pick up some of the programming dropped by KJJB.
The Louisiana Music Commission is a state agency within the Department of Economic Development charged with promoting and developing the state's music industry. For more information on the LMC, visit www.louisianamusic.org or call the LMC offices.