Louisiana Red Hot Records Announces Lilli Lewis Project, "We Belong," CD Release on September 6
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Genre bending concept album encourages connection in a divided time

NEW ORLEANS - eMusicWire -- Louisiana Red Hot Records announces release of the Lilli Lewis Project CD,"We Belong," on Friday, September 6. The powerhouse rock and soul sextet, often referred to as LLP, is a pan-generational band whose musical influences cover a broad spectrum of contemporary and traditional music. "We Belong" is the first album from the group. Core members are Lilli Lewis on piano and vocals, Smokey Brown on guitar, Wade Hymel on drums, Ryan Murray on percussion, Ole Oddlokken on sax and Dr. Jimbo Walsh on bass. Special guests include Kirk Joseph on sousaphone and Dr. Michael White on clarinet for the New Orleans funeral invocation "Coretta's Song," an homage to Coretta Scott King. "When the Rain Comes In," a light reggae number about the biblical flood, also features Joseph with guest trombonist Glen David Andrews.

The album opens with "Interlock," an afro-beat with lively percussion inspired by Nigerian activist and musician Fela Kuti that sets the tone for the album with its call and response refrain, "We belong to each other." This message is central to the album. Comments Lilli Lewis, "The CD is all about connection. Whether it's community or family, our intimate relationships, even with ourselves, connection matters on every level."

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The tracks that follow continue this theme while showcasing LLP's versatility with multi-genre infusion and skillful instrumentation. "Anybody Anymore" has a juke joint, Muscle Shoals inspired R&B groove while "When the Sun Come Down" is a poly-rhythmic interlude with acapella style vocals and a hint of bass and percussion. "Kisses," a 70's influenced R&B ballad with flowing piano and gentle harmonies, gives way to "Warm and Gentle People," a progressive jazz style composition written after 9/11 about how sadness can turn into rage. The penultimate track "Beauty Beyond Reason" soulfully delves into redemption and self-healing, showcasing Lewis' vocals and songwriting, and leads into the album's finale, "Turn It Around," a full band rendering of an earlier solo release. This final track, which calls for personal responsibility and self-exploration while trying to make internal peace out of external chaos, was featured on Lewis' solo acoustic project "The Henderson Sessions," released early last year.

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LLP's "We Belong" was produced by Lilli Lewis and Mark Bingham in Henderson, Louisiana with additional recording by Paul McDonald of Marigny Studios in New Orleans. Other credits include Eric Thomas on saxophone, with backing vocals on "When the Rain Comes In" augmented by Glen David Andrews, Mark Bingham, Liz Hogan and Sarah Phillips.

The Lilli Lewis Project "We Belong" UPC number is 608691119621 and Louisiana Red Hot Records Catalog number is LRHR 1196. For additional information visit www.louisianaredhotrecords.com or www.lillilewisproject.com.

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