New Orleans Folk Rock Diva Lilli Lewis announces the upcoming release of Americana, her third full album for Louisiana Red Hot Records. The album was co-produced by Lewis and iconic indie producer Mark Bingham (Peter Stampfel, Hal Wilner, Allen Ginsberg…). Notable guest artists include cellist Rick Nelson (Afghan Whigs, Polyphonic Spree), folk favorite Gina Forsyth, and Seattle Blues Legend Lady A. The album contains 13 tracks including “My American Heart”, “Copper John”, and “A Healing Inside”. Americana will be released on CD and across all digital platforms on October 29th.

Lewis wrote Americana from very personal experiences that range from childhood memories to lessons learned while on the road, and of course the impact of the recent pandemic. 

Lilli Lewis is one of the best for pure emotional impact and sincerity in her artistry. If you haven’t heard her then do yourself a favor and become enthralled. – Demian Roberts, photographer

The Americana soul artist/activist Lilli Lewis, known as the Folk Rock Diva, ushered in 2020 curating Folk Alliance International’s Louisiana Red Hot Records Roots & Rhythm Showcase as Label Manager and A&R Head, and is spearheading FAI’s new “Committing to Conversation” cultural equity, race and social justice initiative.

“Even when we don’t agree we’re still responsible for each other and the world we live in,” Lewis says. “We are living in deeply divided times where connection matters. Musicians have the ability to help people relate to one another now more than ever.”

Trained as opera singer and classical pianist, Lewis has been a composer, producer and performing artist for over two decades. After spending two decades carving out space for herself as an African-American lesbian of size, Lewis is lending her voice to the music industry’s need to diversify its precepts. She was a featured panelist in Americana Music Association’s “Black Equity in Americana: A Conversation” livestream in August, covered by Billboard, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter, among others.

Lewis has composed in every tradition inspires her, including soul, Americana, classical, folk, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, soul and R&B. Lewis integrated elements of New Orleans funk while singing lead for Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove. Lewis serves as VP and A&R Head for Louisiana Red Hot Records, for which she has earned OffBeat Magazine’s “Record Label of the Year” three times, and often serves as a music industry panelist, production consultant, and advocate for fairness and empowerment in the musical community.

In August, Lewis released a single she co-wrote, co-produced and performed — the “Mask Up” anthem for the #MaskUpCovidDown campaign from Louisiana Red Hot Records and WHIV-FM. The effort benefits Masks for America’s giveaway of free N-95 masks to first responders.

Lilli Lewis Fall Tour / LLP = Lilli Lewis Project
9/24 – Broadmoor (Brown Sugar) – New Orleans, LA
10/2 – French Quarter Fest (trio) – New Orleans, LA
10/15 – Marc Stone Presents: “Love in Vain” Blues roots of The Rolling Stones – New Orleans, LA
10/27-10/31 – Black Opry Fest (virtual) – New Orleans, LA
10/29Americana Album Release (virtual) – New Orleans, LA
11/6 – NOMA Concert Performance (LLP) – New Orleans, LA
LLP Live by Liv Piskadlo-Jones