Here’s a short sample of some artists we are looking forward to hearing from in 2016, presented in no order.
In Baton Rouge
Minos the Saint: The chamber folk band got bigger in its sound, adding a horn section, and will release a full-length debut after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Guided by singer-songwriter Peter Simon and multi-instrumentalist Ben Herrington and recorded at PreSonus with Justin Spence, this is at the top of the list for most local music fans. The new album is expected early spring.
Justin Garner: An R&B singer who has built a global fanbase and caught the attention of industry executives, Garner said in a video to his fans that he will return to the studio in 2016.
Elsah: Led by singer-songwriter Neil Werries, this alternative country-rock band is almost finished with a full-length album, titled “Hell Out of Here,” which could drop as early as summer.
Marcel P. Black: A hip-hop artist with a booming voice, Black recently released the single “Where I Stay,” and said new material will be available in 2016.
The Rakers: The rock band is set to go into the studio with engineer/producer John Tulley sometime this year.
Luke and Emily Ash: Singer-songwriter Luke Ash and his wife Emily will release “Good Weld” this spring. Ash said the album is the biggest thing they’ve done so far and features appearances from Chad Townsend on drums, Ben Herrington on a few instruments, Bob Kling on bass and many other Baton Rouge musicians.
Mayhaps: An alternative rock band known to dabble in catchy pop melodies, Mayhaps is set to release its debut EP.
Pacifico: Matthew Schwartz, the mind behind this band, said he is working on a new album, which mixes ’80s synth pop and ’90s garage rock. Already, he has recorded seven songs and said he has about six more to go. The new release will feature 10 songs. In April, Schwartz will release a single, “4/11/15,” which is the song he wrote as his wedding vows.
The Fugitive Poets: Expect to hear new material from the acoustic string quintet in 2016.
Barisal Guns: It’s been eight years since we’ve heard from this rock band which now calls New Orleans home, but guitarist Ken Faucheaux said the group is currently mastering a new EP.
Clay Parker and Jodi James: Hot off the release of their debut EP, this songwriting duo is hoping to release a full-length follow-up.
Blayze & Saddles: The classic country group, led by Blayze Viator, is working on its debut. Viator’s pop-rock band, The Viatones , is also working on a followup to its great debut, “Introducing The Viatones.”
Sour Sedans: A hard rock band that isn’t shy about its love of Zeppelin, Sour Sedans are working on a follow-up to “Taste It.” Singer/guitarist Ryan Cazeres said the band will release a new EP in early 2016.
Matt Babineaux: A new singer-songwriter on the scene, Babineaux is set to release his debut EP, “A Place to Fall,” in January.
Royal Teeth: The pop-rock band is working on new material to follow-up the debut “Glow.” Already, the band has debuted a few new songs live.
Julian Primeaux: After lengthy tours across the globe, the guitarist will release “This Guilded, Swaying Heart” on Jan. 15. Primeaux will celebrate with a release show on that Friday that will feature the Mike Dean Band at the Blue Moon Saloon.
River Gibson: The pop-rock songwriter who made a splash on “American Idol,” Gibson is teasing all over his website and Facebook page that new music will come this year.