A few years ago, no one in New Orleans thought that country music would again thrive alongside jazz, zydeco and funk, but Vanessa Niemann and David Brouillette of award winning band Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue have proven the naysayers wrong. Having self-released their second studio album, “Set Two” in May of 2010 they spent 2011 traveling back and forth between the Left Coast and the Gulf Coast picking up players along the way. Performing over 150 dates a year with The Honky Tonk Revue and their new, drummed down version of the band which they call The Recessionaires, they show no signs of letting up for 2012. And with dates already on the books, Vanessa and Dave are looking forward to taking the band to new places and old including a trip back to Louisiana for their fifth appearance in a row at the world renowned New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival.
With a voice that conjures Patsy Cline, a Johnny Cash attitude and a reverence for Merle Haggard and Bob Wills, singer Vanessa Niemann pulls from the best of country, rockabilly and western swing classics. With the addition of a smattering of songs bordering on the obscure and a few originals thrown in for good measure, she and her band have managed to create a show that is pure American roots.
• Best Country/Folk Band 2010: Best of the Beat Award, offbeat Magazine *Award voted on by international readership
• Best Country/Folk Album 2010: Best of the Beat Award, offbeat Magazine *Award voted on by international readership
• Best Country/Folk Band 2009: Big Easy Awards
• Best Country/Folk Band 2008: Big Easy Awards