Growing up in New Orleans and then attending college in Lafayette, LA, I've been fortunate to know and befriend many a musician in my time. Below are some of the wonderful musicians from Louisiana and beyond who help out ReStrung™ by donating their strings! Many thanks to each of you!
Sullivan's songs are forged in the traditions of Americana, Country, and Folk, with lyrics that are ingrained with literary motifs and southern soaked religion. From Arkansas to Tennessee to present-day Louisiana, Reece has tromped ever-steady honing his art. He's a mad man with an insatiable hunger in pursuit of the song and the word.
2009 Blues Music award winner Mike Zito is one of those rare artists that can sing like nobody’s business, can write songs that instantly grip you, play one hell of a mean Gulf Coast style guitar and has the stage presence to draw in any audience. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO he grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zepplin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great blues men who were from in and around St. Louis. On his 2011 Blue Music Award nominated CD (Best Blue Rock) Delta Groove release “Greyhound” he tells the rest of the story of how things could have been much different. He lived a rugged life much like many great musician endings while his beginning had not yet begun. Homeless, addiction, living the life of a criminal Zito had reached his rock bottom before cleaning up and ending up in Texas to live a sober life still today. It would be fair to say that is the time he draws from that creates all the emotion in his guitar style and singing. In 2009 Zito and Neville won the Blues Music award for “Song of the Year” for “Pearl River” the title track to Zito’s 2009 release. Zito comes armed with raw tone and pure grit that he can turn on a dime into silky smooth guitar melodies but it is the aged depth to his vocal that make Mike Zito stand out amongst the other cats claiming to have “the stuff”. Some lucky bastards are just born with it!!
"Add one part Blues, a splash of Roots Rock, a pinch of Country and Bluegrass and a dash of New Orleans Funk - and you get a hot and spicy GUMBO that is THE BACK PORCH REVIEW. These talented artists know how to put it down and deliver a show that encompasses the best varieties of original AMERICAN music. Worth every moment" - A Back Porch Reviewer
Truman Holland is a regular fixture in the French Quarter music scene, with house gigs at Margaritaville and Turtle Bay. You can find music from any of his seven albums on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and more. The band also tours throughout the Gulf South region, with seasonal appearances at The Shed Blues & BBQ Joints, The Beach House Bar & Grill, Lucy's and more.
Landry landed his first gig as a roadie on a Scott Biram/Hank III tour. Since Williams asked Landry to open that show he's shared the stage with Billy Joe Shaver, The Angola State Prison Band, Lazy Lester, David Allen Coe, Charlie Louvin, Dwight Yoakam, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Doug Kershaw, Johnny Winter and countless others. Landry's first album "Keep What's Left" was called "The Equivalent to Lomax's field recordings for the 21st Century". The sophomore effort, "Tailgaten Relief" was featured as Live Nation's "Ones to Watch". In addition to his music career, Landry is a tireless environmental activist, and has been instrumental in building awareness and creating change after the BP Oil Spill disaster.
John Depriest studied music at Belmont University in Nashville. A talented songwriter, John was a member of the Nashville based bluegrass/roots band Angus White and is a founding member of the New Orleans grass funk band Bacon. DePriest currently performs throughout New Orleans with The Ramblin Letter as well as Truman Holland nd The Back Porch Review. Originally from Mississippi, he has also graced the stage of the MSBA. John is attending Tulane University in pursuit of a PhD in neuro-linguistics.
Louisiana native Scott Icenogle says he was “born in a Honky Tonk and raised on a jukebox,” having been playing music since the tender age of 10. Back then he performed mostly in family venues and clubs, sometimes in the doorway because he was still a minor! He arrived in Nashville in 2003 and has there ever since, primarily working clubs such as Robert’s Western World, The Wheel, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn and Full Moon Saloon. He's also performed with several other bands on Lower Broadway, including The Don Kelley Band, Brazilbilly, Josh Hedley & The Travis Mann Band. Scott is currently on tour with the legendary Wanda Jackson.
Áine O’Doherty (pronounced Onya) Raised in Bundoran, Co. Donegal ,Ireland. She has performed her own music around Ireland, Europe & the USA, She has played SXSW, Hard Working Class Heroes, appeared on National T.V & radio, She was awarded the Brendan Graham songwriting award for the song ‘Zoom’. She featured on the RTE program ‘This note’s for you’ writing with Fiachna O Braonain (Hot House Flowers). In ‘04 Áine was placed 5th in 'You're a Star', Ireland's version of American Idol. In ‘10 Áine was awarded a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Áine's love for the road & the live music scene has brought her to New Orleans where she is currently based.
This collaboration of energetic and talented musicians from around the New Orleans area has yielded a mix of quality professional music ranging from the 1960's to current selections. Over the past 10 years this multi-faceted group has thrilled audiences of all sizes, from parties and local clubs to festivals and crowds as large as 5,000+, including a four-year period of entertaining tourists from around the globe on world-famous Bourbon St. in the French Quarter.
Described as "Ass-Kickin' Southern Rock," Brian Jones and his Ozzy Cash Band know how to rock it out - country style! Brian and his band perform throughout the Gulf South.