New Orleans Suspects
The New Orleans Suspects started out as a pickup band at the famed Maple Leaf Bar (the neighborhood ‘Usual Suspects’) and have been tearing up the festival and club circuits ever since. The group brings together some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans including “Mean” Willie Green on drums (Neville Bros.), Jeff Watkins on saxophone (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (Dirty Dozen BrassBand); CR Gruver on keyboards/vocals (Polytoxic, Outformation); and Eric Vogel on bass (North Mississippi Allstars, Fred Wesley).
Over the years, The Suspects have recorded and performed with such artists as The New Mastersounds, Dr. John, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton and many others. They’ve released five critically acclaimed albums since 2010. The latest – “Live at The Hamilton” was recorded Dec. 30 & 31, 2017 in Washington D.C. A new studio album is now in the works.