Tag Archives: Scott Billington

Rounder Unearths More Booker Tapes

Rounder Records producer Scott Billington is preparing an expanded version of James Booker’s classic 1982 album, Classified. The new version will include nearly twice as much music as the original album, which marked one of the few times that the late pianist’s erratic genius was channeled in the studio. It was also one of the [...]

Jazz Fest 2013 Focus:
Johnette Downing

Call it a match made in roots music heaven. Scott Billington, a two-time Grammy producer with Rounder Records, has recorded more than 100 CDs of Louisiana music, ranging from Cajun to brass bands. Billington is currently working on a companion CD for Swamp People, the popular History Channel show that follows gator hunters.   Johnette [...]

Louisiana Music Timeline: October 27-28

OCTOBER 27 1933: Birth of piano player, session man and songwriter Floyd Cramer born in Campti, Louisiana. 1948: Birth of blues man Sherman Robertson born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. 1951: Happy Birthday to producer Scott Billington. Produced albums by Gatemouth Brown, James Booker, Irma Thomas and many others. 1954: Happy Birthday to trumpeter and vocalist [...]

February 2012 Letters

JOHNNY AND SCOTT I first came across OffBeat back in the 1990s. I had discovered this new singer,

YouTube du Jour: The Soul Rebels

Yesterday on WWOZ, OffBeat‘s Lifetime Achievement in Music Business honoree Scott Billington recommended that people see

Best of the Beat Business Awards: Photos

Wednesday night, OffBeat celebrated the best of New Orleans and Louisiana’s music business community with the Best of the Beat Music Business Awards at the newly-opened Joy Theater. Irvin Mayfield’s Mayfield Productions was awarded Music Business of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to George Porter, Jr. in music and Scott Billington in [...]

Best of the Beat Business Awards: The Winners

Last night in an invitation-only event at the Joy Theater, OffBeat roasted George Porter, Jr. and saluted Rounder Records’ Scott Billington at its Best of the Beat Business Awards. Porter is this year’s Lifetime Achievement in Music honoree, and he was roasted by Cyril Neville, John Gros, Papa Mali, Billy Iuso and the Howlin’ Wolf [...]

Best of the Beat: On Schedule and On TV

[Updated] The Best of the Beat takes place Friday night at Generations Hall, and we now have a final schedule for the night. We’ll have music on two stages, and bands will play 45 minute sets.   Front Room 6 p.m. – Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses 7 p.m. – Glen David Andrews 9:45 [...]

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Business Award: Scott Billington

It’s hard to explain what Scott Billington has meant to New Orleans and Louisiana music in the past two plus decades. These following words must suffice: Classified. Give Him Cornbread. Funk is in the House. Irma Thomas. Tangle Eye. Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas. The Houseman Cometh. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band [...]

Back to the Best of the Beat Awards

George Matters. Buttons and T-shirts proclaimed this simple truth years ago, and on Friday, January 27, 2012, OffBeat agrees when we recognize the great George Porter, Jr. with our Lifetime Achievement in Music at the Best of the Beat. Once again, OffBeat will recognize excellence in the South Louisiana music scene, and we will return [...]