What’s new? Music by LVVRS, Sean Ardoin, Dwayne Dopsie and Rod Melancon | Music


“There is always room here for the lonely

To watch your shattered dreams

Dance in and out of the beams

From a neon moon “

Sounds familiar? Country music duo Brooks & Dunn (thanks to Kix Brooks from Louisiana) recorded the “Neon Moon” written by Dunn in 1991 for the debut album, “Brand New Man”. Thirty years later, southern Louisiana band LVRS reinvented the country classic, performed it live in the studio, and released it as a single.

“A few months ago we were working on some original songs that take a retrospective approach to songwriting. ‘Indigo’ is one of them,” said River Gibson, lead singer of LVRS. “We took a lot of inspiration from the Eagles and other 70s rock bands, so that opened the door for us to expand our sound.

“And I was like ‘why not cut a country song?’ I’ve always loved ‘Neon Moon’ in particular, and it’s Brenon’s (Wilson, our drummer) favorite song.

Days later, LVRS booked a few hours at Rabadash Studios in Covington and followed the song completely live in a few takes, Gibson said.

To learn more about LVVRS, visit lvvrs.com.

Same name, new sound

Mention the name Ardoin, and Creole and Zydeco come to mind first. It’s understandable – Sean Ardoin, originally from Lake Charles, is a fourth generation artist whose family is part of Creole and Zydeco royalty.

However, the two-time Grammy nominee Ardoin dipped his toes, or rather both feet, into the southern soul pool as early as 2003 after creating his own genre of gumbo music, kreole rock and soul.

The pandemic restrictions have given Ardoin time to return to the recording studio. The result: the soul single “For You”. It’s out now and will be included in Ardoin’s next EP, “Lover Man,” which is due out later this fall.

“Reinventing her single ‘Love All For You’ turned an already successful song into a modern Detroit-style ballroom, Chicago-stepping, ‘ol school two step, and trailride powerhouse track,’ For You, ‘” a statement read. Press . “… ‘For You’ is a glimpse of the soulful Southern voice that Sean takes for a spin.”

To learn more about Ardoin, visit seanardoin.com.

Love for “free”

“A zydeco recording as good as any over the past few years.”

“Added scathing guitar solo that would have made Lil Buck Senegal smile.”

“Music hot enough to cook crayfish without the benefit of a fire.”

Praise continues to rain for the latest album by two-time Grammy-nominated artist Dwayne Dopsie, “Set Me Free”, released last month.

Based in Lafayette, Dopsie is the youngest son of zydeco legend Rockin ‘Dopsie (Alton Jay Rubin). Her second album on Louisiana Red Hot Records, “Set Me Free” is described as soulful, with a touch of blues and classic zydeco.

Since he was 19, Dwayne Dopsie has started with the Zydeco Hellraisers – Paul Lafleur, washboard; Brandon David, guitar; Tim McFatter, saxophone; Dion Pierre, bass; and Kevin Minor, drums. They have developed their own high-energy style of 21st century zydeco.

The group also plays rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll, reggae and pop.

To learn more about Dopsy, visit dwaynedopsis.com/home.

“For Louisiana”

Ironically, when Rod Melancon (Gator) released his new single “August 29” on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, massive and destructive Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana.

Melancon donates all profits from the song to the New Orleans Common Ground Relief organization to help with recovery efforts after Ida. The powerful song is part of Melancon’s new album “For Louisiana” on Blue Élan Records.

“Raised in the backcountry of Louisiana, Gator (aka Rod Melancon) revisits his roots on the record, with a sharp narrative inspired by the cadence, the characters and the charisma of his country of origin,” according to a statement Press.

“’To Louisiana’ is the product of where I grew up and where I have been since I left town,” Melancon said. “It’s also the product of a group of players from different backgrounds, who come together to create. Anytime you have a unique group of musicians from all kinds of cultures, the sound is going to be special. emblematic of Louisiana. It is emblematic of the Cajun people. “

“For Louisiana” is the sequel to its 2019 release, “Pinkville”. The new project “mixes Louisiana soul with bold country-rock, Texan blues and electrified funk,” the statement also said.

Touring in support of “For Louisiana”, Melancon performs at the Portside Lounge in New Orleans on October 3rd.

To learn more about Melancon, visit rodgator.com.

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