Local New Orleans musicians and cultural-bearers find themselves in a familiar struggle trying to navigate through this unrelenting pandemic. Because of the ongoing restrictions on gatherings that continue to affect the live music scene, some musicians are still finding it difficult to maintain employment. With efforts to remain resilient and overcome this obstacle, Habitat for Humanity and Nonesuch/Warner Records are teaming up to raise money for culture-bearers and musicians within the community.
The funds will be put toward affordable housing and will be raised via a remastered version of Our New Orleans, which was recorded in 2005 as a post-Katrina benefit album. This album previously raised $1.5 million to construct The Musician's Village and Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. The new version of the album includes a two-LP set, which includes five formerly unreleased tracks, including "Walking by The River" by the late Dr. John. (Click HERE to see a previously unseen video of Dr. John and his band performing "Walking by the River" in a New York City studio in September 2005.)
The history of how the album came about expands over the course of a month in one-day sessions across the country. All production costs were donated by Nonesuch's parent company, Warner Records, and the album was also made possible with the help of many volunteers who worked toward creating it. The proceeds from the re-release of the album will benefit Habitat for Humanity and its continued efforts to supply opportunities, as well as affordable homes, for the musicians and culture-bearers of New Orleans.