Sublime with Rome
The wait is over! Sublime With Rome returns long at last with a new album in 2018 to complement their first two releases, “Sirens,” the 2015 effervescent follow up to the band's 2011 debut release “Yours Truly."
"We had more time, we know each other better now, and we're even better musicians," said Rome Ramirez, who was just 20-years-old when he embarked on this journey.
With Sublime bassist and co-founder Eric Wilson anchoring the group, Sublime With Rome are armed with a new album that makes a real statement... their statement. Produced by Rob Cavallo, the latest release is an expression of three musicians who truly get each other and who communicate seamlessly through their instruments.
The luxury of time had a huge impact on their approach to this all-important release, especially since the band went into the studio without any demos or songs ready to go! That might sound terrifying to some musicians, but Sublime With Rome were invigorated by the situation.
"We didn't have any songs in our pockets," the frontman said, confessing that while he liked the spontaneity, it also lit a fire under their collective ass. "We showed up to this big studio and we had nothing, so we had to make it grassroots. It felt refreshing to make things on the fly. It really came together with all of us in the room and we loved the result.
He furthered, "Everything was recorded live and together. It's a little tighter and edgier than 'Yours Truly.' We have a lot of influence from Eric and it definitely shows."
Wilson concurred, saying, "It was great working with Rob, our chemistry was excellent. We had a great time recording the album in a totally organic way. There was no stress, even though we came up with stuff on the fly."
"It is a whole different feeling now," Ramirez admitted. "Carlos is such a great guy and he is just as lighthearted, which is great on the road, since touring can be so serious and so tough. It has been more fun, really. It is a lot more relaxed, and that helps with everything. It's like that everywhere. Studio. Stage. Bus. Wherever we are. We've moved forward, musically and on stage. He brings a great element.
And while Ramirez pays the utmost respect to the original Sublime entity, since, as he admitted in the past, they were the first band that made him want to make, as opposed to just listen to, music, he knows Sublime With Rome are worthy of fan's undivided attention. "This summer, I want fans to say, 'I went to see Sublime With Rome and the new album is sick as fuck.' We can do that by continuing to make better and better records," he said.
Ramirez even stated that he isn't so much interested in the endgame or results as much as he is interested in writing music that is honest. And it's Wilson who summed up how their new music is such an important record for the band. "I'm able play music for the love of music, just like I did back then. I am so fortunate to still be able to do it," he said.
Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. His father, Louisiana hall of fame guitarist, of “The Boogie Kings” nurtured Marc’s musical gifts at an early age, and the vibrant Lafayette, Louisiana music scene gave Marc the opportunity to practice his craft consistently from childhood through early adulthood.
After releasing a successful independent EP at age 20, Marc signed a record deal with Island Records. Marc’s song “Home” was successful at radio and catapulted him onto the national touring stage. His music has been placed in many TV shows and movies. Marc released multiple albums with major labels over the next 10 years, but has recently returned to his independent roots. Being an independent artist, allows Marc to release more content and truly tap into his creative spirit.
Marc released a soul covers album for charity on 9/30/16. It is a soul covers album appropriately titled “Save Our Soul 2”. He donated 50% of the profits to City of Refuge. The live performance video of the acoustic version of “Cry to Me” from the album has garnered over 5 Million views on youtube.
Marc’s latest original release, “Easy to Love”, came out on 9/15/17. The lead single off the album “Don’t Be Afraid to Call Me” was featured on “Rolling Stone Country” and is getting significant airplay on “Sirius XM: The Highway”. Marc continues to tour in support of the album to sold out crowds around the US. He sells over 1000 tickets in every major US market and is constantly tapped to play Blues, Soul, and Jazz Festivals.
Marc is currently working on his 3rd charitable covers record. He has partner with a children’s hospital in Baton Rouge. The album will fittingly be a lullaby album paired with an illustrated children’s book.
The Molly Ringwalds
Jordan Anderson & the Causeways
John Daigle and Matt Daigle joining forces with local musicians spanning from Houma to New Orleans bringing you original tunes along with some of your favorites.
Adam Pearce is a born-and-raised Louisiana vocalist, lead guitarist, and song writer with a passion for rock n’roll. His success grew substantially when he appeared on NBC's "The Voice", making it all the way to the Top 20. Adam's been involved in several projects throughout the years - most notably his original band Black Magnolia. The band’s debut album, “Fields Are Burning," was released in 2012 and featured Randy Jackson of Zebra who played a guest guitar solo on the song “Apocalypse.” Adam Levine invited him to sing ACDC covers for the Maroon 5 Annual Halloween party in 2017, while Levine played drums. He's also played with several major bands in his day including Zebra, 12 Stones, Filter, Puddle of Mudd, and Louisiana Leroux. He’s also played major festivals throughout the South with headliners such as Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Temptations, and Cowboy Mouth. He can be found performing solo acoustic gigs all over the state as well as singing in the new band Mothership: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. “Fields Are Burning” by Black Magnolia can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers.
Snapper and the Fishsticks
Snapper And The Fishsticks pride themselves on their unique song selection, incomparable blend of instrumentation, and high energy stage show, which they deliver with every performance. This 9 piece group complete with a powerful horn section has been entertaining crowds throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states for over a decade. From fairs and festivals, to weddings and corporate events, the Fishsticks make it a point to ensure that every audience member has a one of a kind “Snapper and the Fishsticks” experience!!
Ben Labat and the Happy Devil
"It's been a long road filled with good and bad, success and failure, falling down and getting up," Ben Labat says of the winding path that's led to Homeward, the compelling new album by Ben Labat & the Happy Devil.
Indeed, the Louisiana-bred singer-songwriter has already led a dramatic and eventful existence, and the new ten-song set reflects the influence of the journey that's brought him to this point in his life and career. The experience gained in his travels is reflected in Labat's distinctive, emotionally resonant body of work, which already encompasses four albums, and throughout Homeward.
"This is probably the most personal and mature collection of songs we've created so far," states Labat. That assessment is confirmed by the vivid lyrical insight and catchy melodic craftsmanship of such memorable new songs as "The Wilderness," "Set It On Fire," "Darkness," "Nothing But the Past to Lose" and the poignant title track.
Labat has been accumulating life experience and musical expertise since childhood. With a mother and grandfather who both played piano in their local Methodist church, he grew up singing hymns with his family, and became proficient on guitar, piano and trumpet before he reached his teens. In high school, he joined a series of bands and honed his budding songwriting skills; one of his compositions was selected as his official class song.
Labat received his first national exposure after joining the Baton Rouge-based combo The Terms, which built a committed nationwide fan base through diligent roadwork. The Terms' 2006 indie album Small Town Computer Crash generated considerable excitement, performing on national TV and placing at #11 in Billboard's Heatseekers chart, before a car accident on the way to a gig abruptly ended the band's career. In the wake of the accident, Labat moved to New York, spending a year writing and recording new songs before returning home to Louisiana, where he got married and started a family. Tragedy struck again in 2009 when Greg Ladanyi, the legendary Grammy-winning producer/engineer who'd served as Ben's manager, producer, label head and mentor, died in a freak on-stage accident in Greece.
Labat put the sadness behind him and focused on moving forward musically, launching Ben Labat & the Happy Devil as his creative outlet. The new band released three acclaimed albums, A Face for Radio, Soapbox Anthems and The Revival, between 2010 and 2014. All three sets showcased Labat's rapidly maturing songwriting and increasingly expansive musical vision, while the band earned a reputation as a first-rate live act whose upbeat, uplifting shows offered a potent mix of powerful originals and artfully rendered cover material.
Ben Labat & the Happy Devil has performed all over the U.S. in some of the country's most prestigious venues including New York's Cutting Room, Los Angeles' Viper Room, The Exit/In in Nashville, and the House of Blues and more recently with Ben Labat & The Happy Devil at The Parish in Austin and Tipitina's in New Orleans. Several of Ben's songs have been featured on such TV shows as The Ghost Whisperer, The Real World and Jersey Shore, as well as the Kevin Spacey-produced film Mini's First Time and Middle of Nowhere starring Susan Sarandon.
Labat's vibrant compositions are firmly rooted in the experience of a keen-eyed observer who's seen the highs and lows that life has to offer, and who continues to absorb new insights while working full-time and raising three kids.
"Besides writing and playing music," Labat acknowledges, "I have and probably always will have a job where I sweat, teach, reason, get dirty and learn. The people I work and interact with are what provide the best influences, muses and experiences. I have been a roofer, worked on oil rigs 200 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, taught high school physics and robotics, managed a fleet of work vessels, and trained and instructed Brazilian jiu jitsu. Life is meant to be lived, not watched at a distance, and I've written my best music by living in the world."
Homeward features Labat's longtime bandmates Jerry Martin (guitar) and David Guidry (bass) and recent addition Travis Lovell (drums), along with an assortment of talented guest players, including keyboardist Travis Thibodaux, who is also a touring member of Journey; female vocalist Ansley Rimmer, a member of the band Hydrogen Child, which also includes former members of The Terms; and noted New Orleans blues guitarist Colin Lake.
"From the beginning, Ben Labat & the Happy Devil have been a group of musicians, audio engineers and song writers working to create songs that we want to play," says Labat. "While I write all the lyrics and do a good bit of the arranging, the songs would not have the same depth and richness without the incredible group of people working on them. I even consider Brett Grossman and Rob Smith, the two gentlemen that helped mix Homeward, as members."
That enlightened spirit of collaboration helps to make Homeward a consistently engaging, deeply soulful experience.
"This is probably the most folk/Americana-style album we've put out," Labat notes. "There's harmonica and ukulele on a few songs, where in the past we might have used electric guitar. In my opinion, this is a hopeful album. It touches on death and then laughs at our insignificance on this planet, talks about going home and then getting lost in the wilderness, gives advice to our younger selves and finds humor in standing on an ex's doorstep feeling stupid.
"The bottom line," Labat concludes, "is that everyone involved in the creation of our albums, believes in what we are doing. We want to get back to the place that music brought us when we were young, frustrated with ourselves and oblivious to the real world. Music was an escape and it was fucking fun! I never want to lose that, so we don’t set deadlines or quotas or budgets, we make the music we want to make, how we want to make it and we keep it fun. We sincerely strive to write the best damn songs you have never heard of....yet.”