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Beloved New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Kermit Ruffins' 1998 classic The Barbecue Swingers Live is where it all began...the first recording on the Basin Street Records label. Recorded in front of a sell out crowd at the world famous Tipitinas in 1997 and hailed as "Phenomenal" (OffBEAT Magazine) and "Tasty" (JazzTimes), it's now being re-issued in honor of the label's 20th anniversary. Completely remastered and pressed on colored vinyl with an accompanying digital download.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are a beloved institution – a must-see for every New Orleans visitor and a favorite of local critics and music lovers. As he'd helped spur the formation of new brass bands in his 20s, he's since influenced the city's musical direction in the 21st century. Dozens of young musicians and bands are essentially playing the same music Ruffins pioneered with his solo act. They sing into retro microphones, dress in dandy suits and perform the timeless tunes that defined a decades-past era.