HOT OFF THE PRESS!
WHERE Y’AT Magazine (New Orleans)
November 2008 (Voodoo Fest Issue)
ARMAND ST. MARTIN &
HIS BAYOU BOHEMIAN ALL-STARS
Patty Lee Records
Sheri McKee, Music Editor
ARMAND ST. MARTIN is the quintessential New Orleanian that can trace his family history back over ten generations, which is one reason why KATRINA ANTHEM speaks to the listener on so many levels. The seven-song CD ranges in musical genres, but it all comes back to that distinctive flavor of New Orleans rhythmic beats, gracious melodies, sharp witty lyrics that flow like the Mississippi River, and an unbeatable spirit and love heard clearly in each piece. “Down to the Bridge” sounds like a storm brewing, while “Orleans Lullaby” showcases St. Martin on the piano telling a story of the aftermath, when so many of us stared at what was left of our lives in severe distress and silence. “That’s the Way in Your Heart” has got to be one of my favorites on this CD, with a mysterious voodoo vibe intro and a light pop sound filled with notes from a beautiful sax and guitar strums similar to Santana. “Saint Expedite” brings back sounds of the 60s while a “Creole Good-Bye” highlights the Cajun culture down here with the distinctive sound of an accordion. The CD is truly New Orleans and simply a mere nibble of Armand St. Martin as a performer, since he’s truly charming in every way. Try to catch this divine southern gent at The Ritz-Carlton while sipping on a cool mint julep, as his witty lyrics and musical mastery on the ivories will keep you smiling all evening long. - Sheri McKee