"Take a Ride on a Riverboat" and "New Orleans Ladies" are just two of the rock classics you will hear on LPB's new concert special, Louisiana's LeRoux: Rockin' the Nottoway. This special "unplugged" concert not only features a LeRoux reunion with Randy Knaps sitting in for original singer Jeff Pollard, but also includes performances by John Fred and Luther Kent. Original LeRoux members Leon Medica, Rod Roddy, Bobby Campo and Tony Haselden were joined by guitarist Jim Odom who performed on the band's fifth and final album. Drummer David Peters was on tour with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The concert was shot at beautiful Nottoway Plantation in Iberville Parish. The special also includes interviews with the band about their musical influences, the origin of their name, and the fact that "New Orleans Ladies" was not written for LeRoux.
Louisiana's LeRoux's set include such favorites as "Slow Burn," "Can't Do One More Two-Step," "Snake Eyes" and "Love Abductor."
LeRoux guitarist Tony Haselden takes center stage to perform the number one hits he wrote for the late Keith Whitley ("It Ain't Nuthin'"), Colin Raye ("That's My Story") and Shenandoah ("Mama Knows").
Louisiana music legends John Fred and Luther Kent take the stage for the final set. Of course, John Fred plays his multi-million selling single "Judy in Disguise" while Big Luther sings "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Rosco Gordon's 1963 hit "Just a Little Bit."
LeRoux was the preeminent Louisiana rock band of the late 1970s and early 80s. The band started as Gate's Express, the backup band for Gatemouth Brown. It was renamed the Jeff Pollard Band and became the opening act for Brown. After signing with Capitol Records, the band released "Louisiana's LeRoux." This album contained "New Orleans Ladies," the band's signature song that is still a favorite of local cover bands more than 20 years later.
In all, the band made five records and toured the world with most of the major rock acts including the Allmann Brothers, ZZ Top, and Foreigner. Pollard left the band before the fifth record to start his own Christian ministry.
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