The New Orleans Suspects
The New Orleans Suspects formed in summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. The band comprises some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans, including: Reggie Scanlan, bass (Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); Mean Willie Green, drums (Neville Bros. current drummer since 1981); Jeff Watkins (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band), saxophone; Jake Eckert, guitar/vocals (current member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and C. R. Gruver (The Meters Experience, Outformation), keyboards and vocals.
The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as performing favorites from Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire. They have released two albums, an eponymous studio album and Live at the Maple Leaf, which was selected as a new and noteworthy release by itunes in January. The band’s latest studio release, Ouroboros, will be released by Louisiana Red Hot Records on Oct. 14. The first single, “Soothe Me,” is currently being worked at adult alternative radio.
Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons
"Taking her cues from the bold ladies of classic Americana country, Angela Perley’s vocal whippoorwill twang and down-home lyrics are so darling they will keep you up at night. Even when she’s singing about murder, she’s charming, and her backing Howlin’ Moons never fail to keep up. Hearing their songs is like being transported to a forgotten time, when breaking bread together was a religion and kisses were best stolen by the railroad tracks.” - Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive (Jun 20, 2012)