New Orleans Undercover is the culmination of RJ’s Crescent City collaboration with the legendary Lee Floyd (2012 Inductee into the National Banjo Hall of Fame). From Bourbon Street to the Treme, RJ’s compelling voice and Lee’s effortlessly masterful banjo solos delighted locals and tourists alike. So Lee brought his band of New Orleans musicians into the studio, and they recorded two of their favorite songs—New Orleans style.
Their ripping version of Folsom Prison Blues sounds like a Rockabilly band joined a New Orleans street parade and features a young stand-up bass player that Lee found busking on Bourbon Street. RJ’s respectful but unique interpretation of the traditional St. James Infirmary Blues garnered immediate attention from New Orleans musicians who would spot RJ in the audience and invite him on-stage to sing the song.