Big Daddy “O”’s fourth CD is a smoking hot mix of blues offered up by a man who has paid his dues and then some. Owen Tufts is his name, and with thirty-plus years of playing the roadhouses and ten years of CD releases and playing to larger venues with some more exposure he is surely hitting his stride as evidenced here.
"Big Daddy O's got a capacious, versatile voice that you can snuggle up to, and Deranged Covers is a solid second release" - Offbeat Magazine
Guest performances by: Big Daddy 'O', John Autin, John Gros, Hutson Brock, Allyn Robinson, Cherie Mannino, Milo Mannino, Baby Mannino, Tim Ernest, Keenan Knight, Jerry Crowell, Nighthawk Jackson, Wessley Rhodes & Mike Pace.
Those of you that love "That's How Strong My Love Is" should be happy to know that on "Deranged Covers" we kept the same idea of featuring Big Daddy 'O's beautiful baritone voice and his acoustic guitar on all but 3 of the 17 tunes. We strived to capture the full beauty and dynamics of his voice. The folks at Sound Services Studio with their wonderful collection of tube microphones and state of the art digital gear helped us make that happen. We think everyone will be pleased.
In addition on three tunes we assembled a rhythm section of New Orleans best with Allyn Robinson on Drums, Cassandra Foulkner on Bass, Hutson Brock on Guitar, John "Papa" Gros on Organ and John Autin on one cut on piano. The band tunes cook and give the CD a little more variety than the first.
Rabadash Records, one of the oldest independent labels in the country, is celebrating its 35th anniversary year in 2019 of making great music.
The label's primary focus since their very first release has been a commitment to preserving the music of New Orleans and southern Louisiana with works by legacy artists and new performers who embody the Crescent City's rich musical traditions.
Rabadash started almost by accident; it wasn't even conceived until label co-founder John Autin found himself on the outside looking in on a spoiled album deal. "We just fell into it," Autin recalls. "I started Rabadash with singer, Nora Wixtead, who was my girlfriend at the time. We had negotiated a deal for Nora's album, were ready to sign, and the label called us up at the last second and told us they were signing a different singer instead. Since we already had all the tapes, the artwork and everything, we decided to start our own damn label! We released Nora's CD and then immediately recorded legendary piano player and singer, Al Broussard. He was almost 78 at the time and had never been recorded before even though he'd been playing on Bourbon Street since the 1920's.
Those two records came out in 1984 and we were off and running. We started off doing two or three releases a year, but we had to go dark for a while due to Hurricane Katrina. We didn't do anything for a few years, but we came back about 10 years ago. Three years ago we partnered with studio builder Dirk Billie and builtRabadash Recording Studio , and now we’re able to do about six releases a year and record other non-Rabadash artists in our world class facility." Welcome to the Rabadash world of amazing music!