New and upcoming local music releases
By Christie MathernePosted Jan 18, 2012
From the Noise
Levi Stevenson, Nov. 2011
Levi Stevenson’s tunes on From the Noise take us to Asheville, where Stevenson’s real-life alter ego, Steve Levine, found inspiration. “Went to Asheville late summer 2006,” writes Levine under his pseudonym, Levi Stevenson. “Had mountains out my window till you couldn’t see any further. Went to where rivers begin as drips off leaves and morning dew. Walked through streets that I realized I’d already seen many times before in my dreams…and when I got home, I was able to separate the music from the noise.”
This sentiment bleeds from him in the form of bluesy, folky, at times swampy, rock. One of the best parts about this album is the insert, which briefly details the inspiration behind each song. Our favorite comes from the first track, “What Part of Love”: “Inspired by some churchy billboard on I-12.”
21 Miles of Bad Road
The 484 South Band, Late 2011
The 484 South Band began in 2005, when Keith Schultz and Twain Pigott were making rounds in the cover tune circuit around Baton Rouge. A few years later, their love of the instruments took them on the all-too-inevitable road to original music. After the unfortunate passing of bass player Don Hull in 2010, the band took some time off to center themselves, but 2011 became a great year for them – they opened for the Eli Young Band at the Varsity Theatre, played for thousands at the Capitol Area Heart Walk, and released their second full-length, 21 Miles of Bad Road.
The album is as straightforwardly Southern rock as it gets – they are not flashy, and they do not kid around. Don’t expect anything but honesty, and all the unfettered trappings that come along with it.
To submit your band’s new single, EP, or full-length release for review, send high-resolution album art with links and/or audio files to Entertainment@DigBatonRouge.com, with release date, band name, album title, and dates of upcoming shows. If your band’s music cannot be contained with computer speakers, mail a hard copy to:
5261 Highland Rd. Ste. 167
Baton Rouge, La., 70808