New Orleans Party Asylum expand musical scope with invigorating new album
September 14, 2011 (Toledo, OH) Written by Robert Sutton. He has a big voice, one that is also raspy and deep. On a blistering cover of "House of the Rising Sun," he growls and bellows; one can even imagine him stomping his feet. And the good times have just begun.
For the New Orleans Party Asylum, blues and jazz were at their most potent when their worlds collided, before corporate suits sucked out the rawness and soulfulness from their roots. Formed in 2009, NOPA has been causing a ruckus with their spontaneously combusting mix of Dixieland jazz and vintage blues. Featuring vocalist/pianist Dave Kosmyna, clarinetist/saxophonist Ray Heitger, drummer Tad Dickerson, and bassist Riley Kloos, NOPA has released a new album, House of the Rising Sun, which not only explores their affection for the past but their willingness to rework pop staples into traditional New Orleans jazz.
NOPA reinvigorates Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 classic rocker "Bad Moon Rising" into a swinging number. (It's also a surprising choice given that they could've covered "Born on the Bayou," which is ripe for a NOPA version.) Kosmyna's burly voice gives "Delia's Gone" its own distinctive identity, one that separates it from Johnny Cash's famous remake. A twisted tale of young love and murder, "Delia's Gone" was inspired by the real-life tragedy of 14-year-old Delia Green, who was fatally shot by her teenage lover. NOPA takes the grim subject matter and gives it a jubilant treatment with Kosmyna's rollicking piano lighting up the festivities.
The group's remarkable ability to expand their musical scope always leads to pleasant surprises and among them is their version of Jim Croce's 1973 smash "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." No longer attached to the AM radio folk flavor of the original, NOPA pump it up and turn it into a French Quarter jam. For NOPA, the party never ends.
More Information: http://www.partyasylum.com