Slim Harpo Blues Pioneer Award winner John Lisi has been a mainstay in the New Orleans soundscape since the late 1990s. One of the city's finest guitarists, his own blend of funk infused slammin' blues has taken him from some of the city's finest dives to a post-Katrina benefit concert on the White House lawn.
2009 Slim Harpo Bluers Pioneer Award winner John Lisi is one of New Orleans' finest guitarists. With a style hallmarked by muddy, stanky, swampy blues roots and an undeniable booty-shakin' groove, he's released seven albums either as a solo artist or under the Delta Funk! moniker and appeared on dozens more. Lisi's worked with everyone from Rockin' Tabby Thomas' to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. His songs continually span the wide world of funk while still giving everyone from blues heads to guitar nerds something to sink their teeth into. Be it Dobro, mandolin, resonator, Stratocaster or a plain old acoustic guitar, he has it locked down. His signature sound features stellar guitar riffs and funky leads layered in with sassy female backing vocals, horns that kick brass, and an in-the-pocket rhythm section.
Featured Artist - Serabee
Serabee Brings It Home This Year With Her Holiday Song "This Christmas"
"I was born on Saturday and singing on Sunday," as Sera so aptly puts it. "Music is in my blood, and the road I've traveled can't help but form my music."
It's true; her voice will remind you of love, pain, and laughter all at once.
The holidays have been hard for all of us for the past two years, and we all are ready to have a magical season this year. So, grab a cup of holiday cheer, light up the house with friends and family as Serabee's song "This Christmas" fills your heart on the living room stereo.
Sera's lush voice of pure joy is bringing us together once again. Reminding us to live in the moment for life is fleeting.
The song was written by Serabee and recorded in 2020 at Rabadash Studios in Covington, LA, where she and producer John Autin were working. Engineer Marc Hewitt secretly hit the record button to let the song flow as Serabee sat at the piano. It was an impulse moment that will forever be a lasting memory for the songstress.
After that initial recording, John Autin added other instruments to the sparse arrangement to produce its rich sound. Players on "This Christmas" are Dave Easley on Dobro, Nick Necaise on Organ/B3, and Lance Seymour on Guitar, and John added various sounds with Bass Guitar, strings, and bells, as well. Serabee did all the Background Vocals. The video was reshot at the studios, with Sho Hogg Productions overlapping images of Serabee roaming around the beautiful Southern Hotel in Downtown Covington.
Sera hails direct from the Kiln, Mississippi, with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country, and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing. As a singer, songwriter, and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist's deep roots and colorful background in the American South.
Sera began her career performing in New Orleans & Mississippi clubs, where she garnered quite a local following. The soulful songstress created two independent recordings catching the attention of veteran music industry executives. She was signed to major label Universal Republic and Sony, where she released an EP (Serabee) and had the iTunes single of the week, "Driving Me Stupid." She also became a finalist on the first season of "The Voice" as Serabee on Blake Shelton's team.
Since signing with Rabadash in 2021, Serabee is confident that this path will give her a renewed hope to carry her career forward. Sera hopes this southern, soulful direction will finally be the sound that her fans and the world will know her for.
Sit down, close your eyes and listen to the lyrics & the magic
Rabadash Records, one of the oldest independent labels in the country, celebrated its 35th anniversary year of making great music in 2019. May we enjoy another 35 years!
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!