Honey Island Swamp Band is an amalgamation of different styles of music including rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, funk, country, and reggae. The talented group of local musicians are led by singer/guitarist Aaron Wilkinson and bassist Sam Price. The two work their rhythm seamlessly through the jams with a talented supporting cast that includes Chris Spies on keyboards, Lee Yankie on guitar, and Garland Paul on drums. Although their roots might come from New Orleans, their music comes from the swamps and the bayous surrounding the city and the rest of the gulf coast.
If anyone can pull off aligning himself with the famous Louis Armstrong, it's trumpet extraordinaire – James Andrews. However bold this move may be, the New Orleans native earned the "Satchmo of the Ghetto" alias back in his Treme‟ neighborhood and the name still sizzles in the city!!! He‟s come up through a variety of brass bands (Treme Brass Band, New Birth Brass Band) before forming his own. He has played with Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Danny Barker, Dr. John and Michelle Shocked. A protégé of soul man Allen Toussaint, Andrews has taken his place alongside contemporaries swinging the New Orleans tradition in contemporary ways. Andrews is the real thing and there‟s no novelty in his chops. James Andrews, trumpeter, vocalist, aka "12", aka "Satchmo of the Ghetto", is the grandson of the late Jessie "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" Hill; is older brother to Troy Andrews (aka "Trombone Shorty") and is determined to keep the flame of New Orleans Soul and R&B alive and burning in the hearts of many.
Frenchy is an artist; an illustrator and a painter working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor to create landscapes, portraits and abstract paintings. He made a name for himself honing his style of live painting in the streets, bars, music halls, and theaters of New Orleans.