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Eric Johanson - Burn It Down

The one common thread that runs through all of Louisiana music is Soul.  You can feel it in the music as it transcends from musician to listener joining them for a singular musical journey - the song.  Eric Johanson knows that journey well.

There are many ways that musician discovers their musical path.  Not unlike many Louisiana musicians Eric’s path was through his family where he was surrounded by music. Eric Johanson was born and raised in musically and culturally enriched Alexandria Louisiana.  Hs grandfather owned a music store where his first guitar was purchased when he was 5 years old. Like many Louisiana families music is the crest with a foundation that goes back generations and is often the life blood which brings families closer and keeps families together.  “On my mother’s side everyone played music. My Grandfather played Jazz Clarinet and tuned pianos. My Grandmother played piano and sang in the choir and my aunts played Cello” Eric Johanson “I remember lying awake at night and thinking about music and how I can make it my life”

Alexandria being a few hours from New Orleans made it an easy drive along with his mother to visit friends in the city. At 15 years old Eric was sitting in at New Orleans Music venues including The Rvershack and Mandeville’s Ruby’s Roadhouse where Eric played guitar with older musicians and was constantly tested. New Orleans would eventually be his home until 2006 Hurricanne Katrina. After losing everything to the hurricane in 2006 Eric moved to New Zealand.  When Eric returned New Orleans in 2010 he began to be the featured guitarist for legendary band leaders Cyril Neville, Terrance Simien, and Corey Henry’s & Treme Funk. “Cyril taught me a ton about New Orleans history, culture, and music - especially funk. He’s one of the pioneers of creating that whole style, from the Meters to the Neville Brothers.  I learned so much from Cyril about how to use guitar not only as a lead, but as a percussion instrument in the band” Eric Johanson “When I started playing with Terrance really I didn’t know much about Zydeco music, despite having heard it growing up. Terrance taught me a lot about the history of the Creole people and where Zydeco music came from.”

 On BURN IT DOWN, Eric takes you on his journey through life and all of its love and hardships. The title track (Burn It Down) is a statement about restructuring your life and path while weeding out things and people who are positive from the ones who hold you back.”  The chilling to the bone GRAVEYARD QUEEN  where you can imagine the sultry woman slowly dancing while laying the trail of destruction leaving you suspicious and unable to trust again. On the Delta driven THE FUGITIVE  Eric tackles the subject of unconditional love. The Fugitive is a guy on the run from the law who’s been saved by a woman that lets him hide out and gives him a new chance at life.

On BURN IT DOWN Eric Johanson is backed on drums by Tab Benoit and Corey Duplechin on bass guitar. Eric’s blues run deep and on “Burn It Down” an 11 song CD produced by Tab Benoit his versatile style stays within the blues framework making BURN IT DOWN a sequence of fresh soulful Blues Rock tracks.   Burn It Down was recorded at Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Studio in Louisiana.  The record was recorded Live with just a few overdubs. “That’s Tab’s way of producing and it definitely keeps you from over-thinking things. Eric Johanson

 

Jeff McCarty - STEP OUT

The bayous of Louisiana are filled with natural resources and Louisiana Music is one of them. Whiskey Bayou Records is excited to announce the *New Release* by Soul singer Jeff McCarty. Whiskey Bayou Records is dedicated to producing and releasing original Artist with unique styles. On *Step Out* - Jeff McCarty proves that he is perfect for the label.

 "Step Out" is an eleven track journey through the heart, soul, and mind of Jeff McCarty. Jeff has written songs and stories that are true, tried, and tested.  These 11 tracks are songs about Love, loss, faith, and conquering the musical dream. Jeff McCarty is a 24/7 Artist and has spent a majority of his life as a professional musician playing many of Louisiana's stages. Jeff has shared bills with some of biggest acts in the music industry including Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Bonham, George Jones, REO Speed Wagon, and Styx.

On *STEP OUT* Jeff is joined by an all-star south Louisiana lineup featuring blues-rocker Josh Garrett on guitar, Corey Duplechin on bass, Tillis Verdin on keyboards, and Tab Benoit on drums. On "STEP OUT" it is Jeff's songs and vocals that take front and center making this a stellar recording with great performances.

Born in Houma, LA Jeff McCarty began playing music when he was 10 years old. Born to a musician father Bobby J. McCarty who was a studio musician for the major record label MCA. Bobby McCarty recorded on Rickie Nelson’s records and played on the Grand Old Opry. “I remember being 4 years old and my dad bringing me to his gigs. I was the kid sitting behind the drummer watching and not knowing that I was learning.” say’s McCarty.  

Music excited Jeff at an early age and like many of the musicians from the south it was the radio that helped to create the catalog of songs he sang and was influenced by. Jeff say’s his inspiration came from soulful acts like Jimi Hendrix, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and BB King.

Being from Tab Benoit's hometown Jeff has been on Tab's radar for a long time. Tab Benoit was delighted to produce Jeff McCarty’s Step Out and introduce Jeff to the world on his own label Whiskey Bayou Records.  Stream Jeff McCarty's STEP OUT Here: https://soundcloud.com/user-916474564

Musician Line Up on STEP OUT

Vocals - Jeff McCarty

Guitar- Josh Garrett

Bass- Corey Duplechin

Keyboards - Tillis Verdin

Drums - Tab Benoit

 

Dash Rip Rock - Does Shaver

Whiskey Bayou Records proudly announces the release of Dash Rip Rock’s DASH DOES SHAVER a tribute to Country music outlaw Billy Joe Shaver. Produced by Louisiana guitar legend Tab Benoit, DASH DOES SHAVER are select songs from the legendary songwriter’s vast catalog.

Louisiana Hall of Fame’s Dash Rip Rock’s career began in 1984 when the trio began to carve out their own musical niche releasing recordings with a fresh approach to Country music and Punk Rock. It didn’t take long for the band to hit the road as music critics from around the world rallied behind their new sound which they referred to as “Cowpunk.”  The new music television format MTV featured Dash Rip Rock’s videos and soon the band was opening for top acts from around the country including the Ramone’s, Lou Reed and the Replacements. Dash Rip Rock began to release a slew of recordings cementing themselves into the tapestry of Americana music.

On DASH DOES SHAVER the high octane trio’s similarities to the Texas songwriter come to life. Shaver and DRR have taken the less traveled roads remaining true to their original Artistic vision.  Their dedication to their craft has often been penalized due to the additions of genres within the music industry. While music genre’s progressed both Artists’s determination to hold true to their styles launched them into classic music territory and music writers began to refer to both as “Legendary.” On DASH DOES SHAVER DRR falls effortlessly into the Legendary Shaver’s boots delivering passionate performances and honoring the story telling style which made Shaver the go to songwriter for so many famous Artist including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.

You can’t mention Louisiana Rock n Roll without mentioning Dash Rip Rock. You can’t mention great Louisiana guitarist without mentioning DRR founder Bill Davis. In the 90’s when Dash Rip Rock’s drummer left the band to form Cowboy Mouth Bill forged on. Again holding true to all of the elements that gave DRR their edge over other bands Bill Davis honed his songwriting craft and continued to play and tour hard.

Right out of the barn on DASH DOES SHAVER you can feel what Shaver was feeling when he penned these classics. Beginning with the apologetic “Living A Loving Lie” to the spiritual “Light A Candle” to the heartfelt and twisted “Aunt Jessie’s Chicken Shack” to the musical biography about the struggling under-dog band “Slim Chance And The Can’t Hardly Playboys” - Dash Rip Rock takes ownership of the Shaver material like it was their own band’s journey.

Guest appearances by Tab Benoit on vocals and pedal steel and Waylon Thibodeaux on fiddle add to the CDs authentic sound. DASH DOES SHAVER is Legends honoring a Legend, it is clear picture of the Americana musical landscape which both Artist have encompassed in their music catalogs for decades. It is everything that a great Country Outlaw CD is made of. it is songs about truth, honor, and heartbreak rolled within a little tongue and cheek. It is the REAL DEAL’s of Americana music reminding us that sometimes music has to step backwards to move forward and music can easily lose direction if forgotten where it has started. 

CREATIVE LOAFING “Their roots sound’s supercharged with energy and an overdose of irreverence, delivered with crunchy bar band swagger.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE“…no one can replace Bill Davis. He’s the brains behind Dash’s brawn, a barroom poet with a wicked sense of humor and a shameless knack for a good lick.”

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RIGHT OUT THE BARN ON DASH DOES SHAVER it’s a perfect storm and you can feel wisdom in the  wind that Shaver was feeling when he penned these classic songs. The recording begins with the apologetic “Living A Loving Lie” and travels towards the spirit of “Light A Candle.” DRR is even more at home with the heartfelt and twisted taboo of “Aunt Jessie’s Chicken Shack” while just minutes later the band gallops into musical biography about the struggling under-dog band “Slim Chance And The Can’t Hardly Playboys.” Dash Rip Rock takes ownership of the Shaver material like it was their band’s journey. The Louisiana Music Hall of Famer’s fall effortlessly into the Legendary Shaver’s boots and deliver passionate performances as they honor the stories that made Shaver the go-to songwriter for so many famous Artist including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.

DASH DOES SHAVER is Legends honoring a Legend, it is clear picture of the Americana musical landscape. These are songs about truth, honor, and heartbreak rolled within a little tongue and cheek. It is the REAL DEAL’s of Americana music reminding us that sometimes music has to step backwards to move forward and music can easily lose direction if forgotten where it has started.