SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

October 10, 2005 06:00 ET

"Our New Orleans," Nonesuch Album of Newly Recorded Songs by New Orleans Musicians, Benefits Hurricane Katrina Victims; Proceeds Will Go to Habitat for Humanity

Featured Artists Include Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Randy Newman, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wild Magnolias, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Others; "Our New Orleans" to Be Released November 22

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2005 -- Nonesuch Records is releasing a benefit album of newly recorded songs featuring artists from the New Orleans music community -- across a wide variety of styles -- to document the depth, richness, and profound musicality of that unique city. Funds from the sale of the record, titled "Our New Orleans," will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to aid those affected by the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster. Several of New Orleans' best-known musicians are recording songs that are integral to their lives and express their feelings about the city and the recent events there. The album is being made swiftly and simply, over the course of a month, in several one-day sessions in cities across the country. "Our New Orleans" will be released November 22, 2005.

Sessions began in New York in late September with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Wild Magnolias (Doug Petty and Matt Sakakeeny, producers); Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Joe Henry, producer); and Dr. John (Hal Willner and Mark Bingham, producers). Buckwheat Zydeco recorded in Memphis on October 3 (Ry Cooder, producer), and Randy Newman and other artists will contribute tracks later in the month.

Nonesuch's parent company -- Warner Bros. Records, part of the Warner Music Group -- is donating all of the production costs for "Our New Orleans" as part of the Group's larger efforts on behalf of hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Many others involved in creating the album are also generously donating their time and services.

For this special project, Nonesuch has joined forces with others in the artistic community. Nick Spitzer, host of "American Routes" -- a nationally syndicated weekly public radio music show produced in New Orleans -- is contributing liner notes to the record, as is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford, also a Crescent City resident. Further details will be announced shortly.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Melissa Cusick
    Nonesuch Records
    212.707.2912
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    Bill Bentley
    Warner Bros. Records
    818.953.3671
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