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The Official TravisMathew New Orleans Playlist

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Inspired by our trip out to the Big Easy, these are the hand-picked tunes sure to get you into that New Orleans vibe, featuring Crescent City classics and new tunes by the best NOLA has to offer.

Louis Armstrong – “When The Saints Go Marching In”

How could we not kick it off with one of the most influential jazz musicians of all-time? Satch had an endless list of classics, but none better for this playlist than this New Orleans anthem?

The Meters – “Cissy Strut”

The Meters are widely considered one of the originators of funk, so consider this your theme song when you strut down Bourbon Street

Generationals – “When They Fight, They Fight”

You’ll always find indie rock playing at the TravisMathew offices or in our retail stores, so it’s only fitting we featured the Generationals poppy hit.

Harry Connick Jr. – “It Had To Be You”

It had to be this song, right? Made famous as the theme song of When Harry Met Sally… thirty years ago, this version is still celebrated by Dad Bads all across the country.

The Rolling Stones – “Fortune Teller” (cover of Allen Toussaint)

Allen Toussaint, New Orleans-native and one of the most influential R&B artists of all-time, wrote this song in 1962. Four years later, TravisMathew-favorites The Rolling Stones covered it and included it in their first live album, Got LIVE If You Want It!

Champion Jack Dupree – “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer”

The song title looks like a standard drink order when we spent a few days in New Orleans. Born in 1910, Dupree developed a boogie-woogie piano and blue sound that still inspires musicians to this day.

Galactic – “Church”

In addition to jazz and blues, NOLA is known for it’s jam band scene. One of its most popular is Galactic, a six-man group that continues to evolve and mix musical elements from jazz, hip hop and funk.

Fats Domino – “Ain’t That A Shame”

It’s would be a shame if we didn’t include one song from legendary roll and roller Fats Domino. Fats recently passed away in 2017, but his music will continue to be favorites for generations, in and out of New Orleans.

Trombone Shorty – “Hurricane Season”

At the age of four, Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, appeared onstage with Bo Diddley at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Since then, he’s been bringing the funk and jazz with his trumpet and trombone skills. Throw this song on the next time you’re heading out to a party to get amped up.

Louis Prima – “Just a Gigolo & I Ain’t Got Nobody”

While Italian in heritage and name, Prima was born and raised in New Orleans and influenced the swing scene in the 30s and 40s. While we love David Lee Roth’s cover, we couldn’t help but go with Prima’s version.

Tank and the Bangas – “Oh Heart”

Tank and the Bangas are a music group on the way up and we wanted to be on record saying we’ve been fans for a while. The New Orleans funk and soul ensemble recently won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, so keep an eye out for their next album!

Dr. John – “Right Place Wrong Time”

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has called Dr. John one of the most important musicians to come out of New Orleans. The singer/songwriter has a style all his own, thanks to his notable voice (remember the Blossom theme song?) and fusion of blues, rock and roll and jazz.

Chris Kenner – “I Like It Like That”

We challenge you to make it through the entirely of this song without tapping your toes. Kenner, who started out as a gospel singer in Louisiana, became an R&B legend during the 50s and 60s.

Hurray for the Riff Raff – “St. Roch Blues”

The Wall Street Journal described lead singer Alynda Segarra’s singing as “a subtle, expressive voice that wraps around songs that draw on the sounds and styles of the American South.” Next time you’re in the Big Easy, look up Hurray for the Riff Raff and catch them at a local venue.

Randy Newman – “You’ve Got a Friend In Me”

Now our favorite Randy Newman song is “I Love LA” but we wanted to keep this list true to the New Orleans theme so what better than the iconic “You’ve Got a Friend In Me”?

Sidney Bechet – “Si Tu Vois Ma Mere” (Midnight in Paris)

Made famous from the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris,” this jazz standard is the perfect way to cap off your New Orleans night with.

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