Louisiana Red Hot Records, 10/29/21


New Orleans Folk Rock Diva Lilli Lewis is releasing Americana, her third full album for Louisiana Red Hot Records. The album was co-produced by Lewis and iconic indie producer Mark Bingham (Peter Stampfel, Hal Wilner, Allen Ginsberg). Notable guest artists include cellist Rick Nelson (Afghan Whigs, Polyphonic Spree), Doug Belote (Dr. John, George Porter, Jr.),  folk favorite Gina Forsyth, and Seattle Blues Legend Lady A. The album will be released on CD and across all digital platforms on October 29th.

Thanks to the perils of five pandemic-era hurricanes, Americana was recorded across more than twice as many spaces, with the bulk of the load performed in New Orleans at Marigny Studios (recorded by Rick Nelson), and at Bingham’s own Nina Highway in Henderson, Louisiana. After performing for a full house at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s last show before lockdown, Lewis conceived the album amid quarantine conditions that imposed an indefinite pause in an otherwise booked-out performance year. Without the pressure of upbeat, danceable shows on the agenda, Lewis turned to a bag of story songs that she felt didn’t fit the New Orleans club scene.

Of the collection, Lewis says: “these stories were meant to reflect the humanity of the forgotten, because in times like these, it feels like dignity can be really hard to come by.”


Released October 29, 2021
Produced by Lilli Lewis & Mark Bingham


Recorded by:
Rick Nelson at Marigny Studios, New Orleans
David Villalta at Studio 55, Ponchaatoula, LA
Mark Bingham at Nina Hwy, Henderson, LA
Keenan McRae at Artisound, New Orleans
Lilli Lewis at Sanctuary Studios, Slidell, LA

Performed by:
Lady A – Ad Lib Vocals
Kyshona Armstrong – Backing Vocals
Arnae Batson – Backing Vocals
Doug Belote – Drums
Mark Bingham – Electric Guitar
Mikayla Braun – Backing Vocals
Vienna Carroll – Backing Vocals
Richard Comeaux – Pedal Steel
Dave Easley – Pedal Steel
Gina Forsyth – Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Fiddle
Angelique Francis – Backing Vocals
Wade Hymel – Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Drums, Electric Guitar, Percussion
Jim Kolacek – Drums
Sam Kuslan – Keys, Synths
Lilli Lewis – Lead Vocals, Piano
Kirkland Middleton – Drums, Percussion
Kenny Murphy – Backing Vocals, Bass
Rick Nelson – Cello
Josh Paxton – Organ, Rhodes
Kim Richardson – Backing Vocals
James Walsh – Bass
Bryan Webre – Bass, Electric Guitar

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the promised land: songs of the sacred south

‘out from yonder: songs, mirrors and incantations from shambhala land’