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Discography

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cbgbsRecorded in less time than it takes to change a guitar string, Live At CBGB's is not an audiophile's dream, but it captures the raw sound of early Mink DeVille. The track "Cadillac Moon", which many listeners mistook to be The Rolling Stones, received extensive radio airplay. cabrettaCabretta was the 1977 debut album by Mink DeVille. Produced by former Phil Spector arranger Jack Nitzsche, a single from the album, “Spanish Stroll,” was a top-20 hit in the U.K., and Rolling Stone Magazine voted the group "Best New Group" of 1977. American Hit Network said of the album, "Under-promoted, under-appreciated and ultimately under-sold, Cabretta is a sleeper masterpiece that sounds as good today as it did in 1977." magentaReturn to Magenta, issued in 1978, was the last release to feature all of the original members of Mink DeVille, and it includes a collaboration with Dr. John and liner notes by Songwriter Hall of Fame member Doc Pomus. Its release was followed by a triple-bill world tour that included the up and coming Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe lechatLe Chat Bleu was recorded in Paris with Louie X. on guitar, Kenny Margolis on keyboards and accordion, and Elvis Presley's rhythm section of Jerry Scheff on bass and Ron Tutt on drums. Its unique blend of American rhythm and blues, zydeco, and French string arrangements left Capitol Records confused, and they initially only released it in Europe. It was finally released in the U.S. only after the zydeco tune was replaced with a more standard rock tune. Despite Capitol's confusion, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Le Chat Bleu as the fifth best album of 1980, and music historian Glenn Baker declared it the tenth best rock album of all time. Louie X's guitar can be heard in these films:
Breathless
Pope of Greenwich Village
Wild Hogs
Mad Dog and Glory
You, Me and Dupree
In The Land Of Women
Peaches
Lawless Land
Return of The Teenage Vixens From Outer Space
Live At CBGBs
Various
Guitar
Cabretta
Mink DeVille
Guitar
Return To Magenta
Mink DeVille
Guitar
Le Chat Bleu
Mink DeVille
Guitar
fouronemindThe Slamhound Hunters was formed by Louie X. Erlanger and Seattle harp player/vocalist Kim Field. The rhythm section consisted of New Orleans drummer Leslie Milton, who had played on a number of hits, including The Rivingtons' "Papa Ooh Mau Mau", and bassist Mark Dalton, who had played on the Zaeger and Evans hit "In The Year 2525". 4/1 Mind, the Hunters' debut release, received critical acclaim, and was listed as a top pick by New York club DJs. OPtion Magazine called it "A damn fine record with hot shit players." privatejungleHailed by the press as "steadfastly unique", Private Jungle, The Slamhound Hunters' second release, spawned a regional hit with a rework of "Cadillac Walk". In addition to a U.S. release, its release in Europe under the Sky Ranch label allowed the Hunters to tour Europe and to solidify their popularity on the West Coast through appearances on bills with major artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray. acousticstoriesLouie X. produced Acoustic Stories in 1988 after he played a number of East Coast gigs with R.L. Burnside and harp player Jon Morris. The all acoustic recording was not released until 1997, at which time it was nominated for a W.C. Handy award. The press called it "deep, haunting and hypnotic -- the closest one can get to the roots of the Delta blues." wellwellWell, Well, Well.. is a compilation of live tapes from Burnside's tours with harp player Jon Morris. Many of Burnside's unique monologues are on this recording, including a bloodthirsty rap over the tune "Stagolee" that became a source for Samuel L. Jackson's work in the film "Black Snake Moan". The press described the performance as "both disturbing and hilarious...a profane and unexpurgated taste of hardcore Mississippi blues life, served up by a man who is one of its most eloquent and fearless participants."
4/1 Mind
The Slamhound Hunters
Producer, Guitar, Vocals
Private Jungle
The Slamhound Hunters
Producer, Guitar, Vocals
Acoustic Stories
R.L. Burnside
Producer
Well, Well, Well..
R.L. Burnside
Producer
cedellLouie X. accompanied Arkansas bluesman Cedell Davis on a series of shows in New York City, alongside a rhythm section put together by NY Times music critic Robert Palmer. Palmer liked the group so much he brought them into the studio to record with Cedell. The result was "Feel Like Doin' Somethin' Wrong". Says Louie X: "Palmer was impressed that we could follow Cedell's wierd timing and his unique tuning that resulted from the way he fretted the strings with a knife. But it was not that difficult, as I had learned from Hooker and Burnside to always follow the singer's voice, and Cedell had a very strong voice." forresterBobby Forrester was Ruth Brown's keyboardist and bandleader for over 25 years. He had a Sunday night gig with sax legend Bubba Brooks at Smalls nightclub in Greenwich Village. Louie X. was a regular customer and convinced Forrester to record a live show. The result was "Organic Chemistry", an incendiary package of live organ trio music, with probably the best Bubba Brooks representation of any recording. Critically acclaimed, it remained on the jazz charts for months. It includes liner notes by six time Grammy winner Phil Schaap. broadwayalleyWilliam Ash is a young New York guitarist whom Louie X. had recorded with Bobby Forrester and Bubba Brooks. "Broadway Alley" showcases Ash in an organ trio setting and includes jazz drum legend Jimmy Madison and up and coming organist Jared Gold. oscherHarmonica player Paul Oscher started working with The Muddy Waters Blues Band when he was still in his teens. He was the first white musician to tour with a blues band of Muddy's stature. Erlanger attended many jam sessions that Oscher held in New York City after he left Muddy Waters, and considers Oscher a major musical influence. Their collaboration on "Down In The Delta" resulted in Oscher winning "Acoustic Artist of The Year" and "Acoustic Album of The Year" at the 2006 Blues Music Awards. Interestingly, it was at one of Oscher's jam sessions that Erlanger met Doc Pomus and introduced him to the music of Mink DeVille. Bet On The BluesPaul Oscher's recently released "Bet On The Blues" marks another successful collaboration between Louie X. and the multi-talented Oscher. Already nominated for a Blues Music Award for 2011, this CD, featuring a guest appearance by Muddy Waters drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, has been described by the press as "Paul Oscher at the top of his game".
Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong
Cedell Davis
Guitar
Organic Chemistry
Bobby Forrester, Bubba Brooks
Producer
Broadway Alley
William Ash
Producer
Down In The Delta
Paul Oscher
Associate Producer
Bet On The Blues
Paul Oscher
Co-Producer
dbrookscd114Blending Memphis and Muscle Shoals, Delta and Appalachia, Danny Brooks' music is a winding road through the American South.  Brooks has been nominated for multiple Juno awards, and he has recorded with members of The Band and The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. sunnycd114Sunny Lowdown plays the raw, deep blues, drawing from the music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jesse Mae Hemphill and R.L. Burnside.  The Blues Volume Low was selected as 2014 Blues Album Of The Year by Spokane Public Radio, and has garnered great reviews internationally.
Texassippi Soul Man
Danny Brooks
Producer/Guitarist
The Blues Volume Low
Sunny Lowdown
Producer/Guitarist