Concerts

New Orleans Suspects May Be Seasoned Musicians, but They Offer "a Fresh Perspective"

With the possible exception of Austin, Memphis, and Nashville (OK, maybe you could toss New York and Chicago in there), no American city has contributed more to this country's rich musical heritage than New Orleans. So when you gather a group of that city's most celebrated music-makers, representing the very bands that contributed to that fabled legacy -- like Neville Brothers, the Radiators, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band -- it's clearly an auspicious assemblage. The New Orleans Suspects, which include members of the aforementioned acts, is one such collaboration formed in 2011.

The Suspects' bassist Reggie Scanlan -- whose stint with the Radiators encompassed the whole of their 34-year career --doesn't exactly demur when the term supergroup is applied to his new association. "That's all in the eye of the beholder," he suggests. "Yes, from the standpoint of marketing the band, we make a lot of noise about the bands we all came from, and we are proud of it. I guess you could call it a supergroup, but we don't look at it like that."

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Lee Zimmerman