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New Mardi Gras Classics

by The Abitians

New Orleans Carnival Mardi Gras songs in many genres of music: pop, New Orleans Mardi Gras songs: R&B, bluegrass, novelty, gospel, and Cajun.
Genre: Rock: American Trad Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Koo Koo La Ba
2:20 $0.99
2. This Is Endymion
2:14 $0.99
3. At The Mardi Gras
3:21 $0.99
4. King Zulu
3:34 $0.99
5. Mardi Gras In Evangeline
2:35 $0.99
6. I See The Parade (feat. Bobby Lounge)
3:21 $0.99
7. When The Levees Broke
2:52 $0.99
8. Prettiest Girl On Mardi Gras
2:47 $0.99
9. Do The Mardi Gras
3:06 $0.99
10. Mardi Gras On The Mind (feat. The Petty Bones)
2:17 $0.99
11. Mardi Gras Jones
4:19 $0.99
12. Carnival Memories
2:26 $0.99
13. The King Of Bacchus
3:41 $0.99
14. Mardi Gras Season
3:17 $0.99
15. Orpheus Night (feat. Dash Rip Rock)
2:33 $0.99
16. Do You Know The King
3:09 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Liner Notes From The CD

As the denizens of New Orleans were being rescued from battered rooftops after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, they had but one question resounding in their brains: Will Mardi Gras be canceled? For such is the purple-green-and-gold collective consciousness of the Crescent City’s citizens: Mardi Gras is in their DNA. No natural disaster could ever defeat the supernatural force of Louisiana’s Mardi Gras, the giddy culmination of the pre-Lenten season of balls and parades known as Carnival.

Behind the mirthful anonymity of crowns and costumes, Mardi Gras’ greatest heroes have conspired and inspired: a secret group of 19 organizing the Mistick Krewe of Comus in a private room on Royal Street in 1857, native son Louis Armstrong reigning as King Zulu in 1949, artist H. Alvin Sharpe engraving the inaugural doubloon in 1960, the unknown woman who first dared public epidermal exposure in exchange for plastic pearls, and John Preble (like Ernie K-Doe, a “Charity Hospital baby”), the masked genius who has produced New Mardi Gras Classics, a concept album destined to go down in the annals of frivolity as the “Sgt. Pepper’s of Mardi Gras music.” In pursuit thereof, Mr. Preble has assembled sonic co-conspirators who are the caviar of musicians, representing his hometown of Abita Springs, Orleans Parish and the magnolia-infused precincts of the State of Mississippi.

No future Mardi Gras party will ever be quite as riotous--no future Mardi Gras bacchanal as lusciously licentious--without a copy of New Mardi Gras Classics blaring from loudspeakers. New Mardi Gras Classics will be as indispensable to the true enjoyment of Mardi Gras as a jocular disguise, an intoxicating beverage, a convenient parking spot or a greasy fried chicken breast.
Enjoy these songs before it’s too late, heeding the judicious motto of the Knights of Momus: Dum Vivimus, Vivamus! While we live, let us live! ~ Bunny Matthews

Mr. Matthews, a resident of Abita Springs, is the creator of the cartoon characters “Vic and Nat’ly” and has previously composed liner notes for the Meters, Earl King, Smiley Lewis, the Neville Brothers and James Booker.

editors note: Abita Springs is across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans and is considered part of the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Here is a piece of a review by Alex Rawls that appeared in New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine- the Abitians have a good, spirited time playing profanely with sacred songs. One member sings at the wooly bottom of his range, “I want to be the prettiest girl on Mardi Gras,” while a yakkety sax and a driving beat back another yowling Abitian as he tries to convince women to do housework for him, promising to make them his queen at the Mardi Gras... The album’s good natured fun, with just enough strangeness to keep things intriguing, and enough craft to make the songs credible.



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Really Good Stuff
These 16 songs are really really good. Good songwriting, good production, very classy (for Mardi Gras). This is not your normal "red bean and rice music" that is often written in the New Orleans area. There is some very original songs here. Some songs have a weird (but good) Austin flavor, but for the most part this is pure NOLA. This CD got my attention because Bobby Lounge has a track on it - and he does not disappoint. I guess this is a concept CD sort of like Sergeant Peppers. These songs do sound “classic” and not “indie.” The one comment (being picky) is that there is not a lot of drumming on this CD, i.e. drum solos and heavy back beats. I actually like that, but some listeners may be looking for more of a Mardi Gras Indian sound. There is no chanting on this CD. Each song is somewhat chart, much like the old school Fats Domino tunes. The songwriting is superb and there seems to be no “filler.” The songs appear to be well thought out in their arrangements and again they have an “old school” approach to the over all sound of the CD. I am buying more to give away for gifts. Some of these tunes will resurface every Mardi Gras I am sure. BTW – I am from New Orleans and I know Mardi Gras Music – this is the real stuff.


My old neighbor
I used to live in the neighborhood where one of these guys is from, so this review may be a little bias. I had not seen him for years, but being from New Orleans I was getting homesick for some Mardi Gras songs. I thought this was going to be a group of old songs, but although they may have been written a long time ago, these are new recordings of songs that had never seen the light of day. Yippe, new songs about Mardi Gras. It is about time, of course some of these songs sound so vintage, you will think that they were recorded by Fats Dominos band. I liked this group of songs, even the blue grass one, and normally blue grass is a not my thing. There were some songs I instantly loved, actually about half of them. That is rare for me because I am somewhat picky about my music. And normally I don't write reviews, but since I saw that I had a connection with one of the musicians, I figured I could let the world know that this is the real deal. This guy and the music on this CD is the real deal. Go Saints.