I sat down the New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists. They discussed their new album City of Sound, their songwriting process and the growth of the rock scene in NOLA.
John Michael Rouchell is the lead singer/songwriter of New Orleans-based rock band MyNameIsJohnMichael. Rouchell called in to talk about tapping back into his NOLA roots and how he combines musical styles to create MNIJM's unique sound. For more info on MyNameIsJohnMichael, check out http://www.mynameisjohnmichael.com/
Ricky B is a New Orleans bounce and rap legend. He is known for his classic tracks "Shake It Fa Ya Hood" and "Ya'll Holla." His latest release is the album "The Archives."
Big History are an up-and-coming NOLA-based electronica band. Blandon Helgason recently called in to discuss the band's origins, their songwriting process, and putting out tracks before putting on a live show.
Robert Mercurio is the bassist for NOLA-based bands Galactic and Good Enough For Good Times.
Dave Clements is the owner of Snake and Jake's, a famed New Orleans dive bar. Snake's is hard to find, look for the Christmas wreath on Oak Street, but once inside you will see there is no place like it.
Rick Farman is the co-founder of Superfly Presents Productions. The concept for Superfly came together as Farman was bartending at the dive bar Snake and Jakes. Superfly began doing late-night shows during Jazz Fest in New Orleans in 1997. They have since expanded to create Bonnaroo and Outside Lands.
Terence Blanchard is one of the most innovative players in New Orleans jazz. The trumpet player/composer has scored all of Spike Lee's films since 1991. Terence discussed how his band pushes him into new territory, his favorite memories from growing up in the 9th Ward and his love of Jazz Fest.
Mr. Mena is a member of legendary New Orleans-based rap group Partners N Crime. PNC mixes bounce, rap, and hip-hop with smooth hooks to create a style that is all their own. They run their own label H.I.T.Z. International.
Brian Stoltz is one of the funkiest guitar players in NOLA. He has been a member of the Neville Brothers, PBS, and the Funky Meters. He has also released four solo albums. He recently rejoined the Funky Meters. He has also appeared on albums by artists including Dr. John and Bob Dylan. Brian recently called in to discuss going from playing Bourbon Street to opening for the Rolling Stones, how the Funky Meters thrive on improvisation, and how his playing style has evolved.
The Radiators are a New Orleans institution. They fuse rock, pop, funk, soul and blues into a style all their own, known as "fish head music." They are truly one of a kind. They put on one of the most rocking live shows I've ever seen. The Rads are disbanding after 33 years (and over 4,000 shows) together with the same lineup. Their final shows will be a three-night stand at Tipitina's (June 9th, 10th and 11th), that the band has dubbed "The Last Wastusi." Dave Malone recently called in to discuss the band's history, how the Rads approach cover songs, and their love and respect for classic NOLA music.
Leo Nocentelli is a funk legend. The guitarist is the co-founder of seminal New Orleans group, The Meters. He leads his own group, Leo Nocentelli and the Meters Experience. The Meters are reuniting at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. They are playing with DR. John recreating his 1974 album (for which the festival is named), "Desitively Bonnaroo." For more info on Leo Nocentelli, check out http://www.nocentelli.com/
Margie Perez is a vocalist and songwriter based in New Orleans. For more info on Margie, check out http://www.myspace.com/margieperez
Gal Holiday is the leader of New Orleans-based country band Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. For more info on Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, check out http://www.galholiday.com/
Stanton Moore is one of the best drummers in New Orleans. He is constantly pushing his style forward and advancing his craft. He is the drummer for Galactic, Garage A Trois, and and many more. He also heads his own group, the Stanton Moore Trio.