Tipitina’s Launches ‘Tipitina’s Record Club’
Tipitina’s announced the launch of Tipitina’s Record Club subscription service. The iconic New Orleans venue will offer six annual, limited edition vinyl releases featuring the music of NOLA and the Gulf Coast.
The specially curated bi-monthly releases — featuring archival milestones, never-before-heard rarities, out-of-print reissues and brand new recordings — begin in February 2021 with a previously unheard recording of legendary New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair’s Fess At Home ‘73. Future TRC releases include The Radiators’ Kung Pow!! Live At Tipitina’s – 05/01/97, James Booker’s Live At Tipitina’s and the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Galactic’s landmark 1996 debut album, Coolin’ Off.
Members of Galactic, who took over stewardship of the venue in 2018, spoke about the new subscription service in a statement. Read their words below:
Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman:
Being a musician and playing at Tipitina’s, one feels the history and the greatness that has blessed that stage. Professor Longhair, Clifton Chenier, James Booker, The Meters, The Neville Brothers and so many more local and national treasures. When Galactic took over ownership, it became our mission to preserve the important role Tipitina’s has played in the culture of New Orleans music and the Gulf South. Creating Tipitina’s Record Club, we get to dig into archives to present never-before-heard recordings, rare reissues, and some amazing new music we know you’ll love. We’re presenting this to everyone on a limited edition piece of art in the form of vinyl. This will make the product and the music something special…just like Tipitina’s.
Bassist Rob Mercurio added:
Our band has been on both sides of the stage at Tipitina’s. We all started going there as fans, then our band started playing there often, to now we are the stewards of the ship. We know there is a deep well of musical history associated with the club and thought that this Record Club would be a great way to share part of this history with everyone – and what more fitting then for it to be on vinyl. We have been digging deep into our chest of treasures and have some great performances and super rare reissues planned.