Houston, TX (October 20, 2005)–Nonesuch Records, home to many popular artists including Brian Wilson, Wilco, Lou Reed and The Magnetic Fields, recently recorded at SugarHill Recording Studios for a benefit album for those affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The concept-album, titled Our New Orleans, captures the sounds of New Orleans, with songs chosen by the city’s premier musicians themselves, including Buckwheat Zydeco, Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Pictured are (l-r): Kermit Ruffins (Trumpet/Vocals), Paul Longstreth (Piano), Dewon Scott (Drums), Kevin Morris (Bass) and Corey Henry (Trombone) Nonesuch Records invited 15 New Orleans artists, who represented a wide variety of styles, to record in several one-day sessions across the country. Funds from the sale of the record will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity.
Nonesuch Records A&R rep, Eli Cane, expressed that “the objective of the album is to record the songs without overly producing them while retaining the artist’s heightened sense of emotions.”
For the SugarHill session, legendary clarinet player Dr. Michael White and musician Kermit Ruffins were featured. The session was engineered by Piety Street Studios’ Drew Vonderhaar and produced by Mark Bingham and Doug Petty. SugarHill chief engineer Andy Bradley and engineer James Garlington were there to assist on the session. The songs were tracked to Pro Tools HD in SugarHill’s Studio A.
“It’s been unbelievable hearing all these artists stories,” commented producer Doug Petty. “Getting to record them is easy but hearing about their experiences surviving the hurricane was very difficult. I guess it feels good to be part of something like this.”