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Musicians:

Jeff Pollard - Lead and Background Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Leon Medica - Bass, Background Vocals
Rod Roddy - Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Haselden - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Background Vocals, Lead Vocal on Track 14
David Peters - Drums and Percussion
Bobby Campo - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Flute, Congas, Percussion, Background Vocals
Jim Odom - Guitar, Background Vocals
Fergie Frederiksen - Lead Vocals
 

Bayou Degradable - The Best of LeRoux

Songs (Written By):

  1. Take A Ride On A Riverboat (J. Pollard)
  2. I Can't Do One More Two-Step (J. Pollard)
  3. New Orleans Ladies (L. Medica, H. Garrick)
  4. Heavenly Days (J. Pollard)
  5. Back The Levee (J. Pollard)
  6. Feel It (R. Roddy, J. Pollard)
  7. Keep The Fire Burnin' (J. Pollard)
  8. Window Eyes (J. Pollard)
  9. Let Me Be Your Fantasy (J. Pollard)
  10. Get It Right The First Time (R. Roddy, T. Haselden)
  11. Roll Away The Stone (J. Pollard)
  12. Addicted (R. Roddy)
  13. Carrie's Gone (F. Frederiksen, J. Odom, R. Roddy)
  14. Nobody Said It Was Easy (T. Haselden)

Their 1978 Capitol press release read: "LeRoux takes its name form the Cajun French term for the thick and hearty gravy base that's used to make gumbo, a vitamin-laden soup that's actually of Bantu origin." Louisiana's LeRoux was a musical gumbo that blended various instruments and arrangements for some spicy, mouth-watering pop-rock. Using blues, R&B, funk, jazz, rock, and Cajun as their base, LeRoux's chefs created their own distinctive sound with ingredients borrowed from the Meters, Poco, Little Feat, and the Eagles. Their Southern anthem "New Orleans Ladies" simmered with the laid-back feel of the "Big Easy," evoking images of Bourbon Street and the Bayou. That song, together with their smash hit "Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin' For The Lights)," brings LeRoux daily airplay from D.C. to Baton Rouge, and they remain cult heroes to this day.

The act began to gel in 1975 at Bogalusa's Studio In The Country, a studio where five of LeRoux's six founding members where employed as the house band, backing artists like Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Clifton Chenier. Eventually adding a sixth member, they came in their own as the Jeff Pollard Band in '77, mainly touring the South as well as South Africa through an arrangement with the US State Department. The group's big break came as the result of band member Leon Medica's trip to Colorado to contribute bass parts to a Dirt Band project at William McEuen's Aspen Recording Society Studios. Leon presented demos of the Pollard Band to McEuen and Bill Roberts of Aspen's management division (their main clients were Steve Martin and the Dirt Band). Impressed by what they heard, the company assumed management, and with the help of Pollard's publisher Paul Tannen at Screen Gems-EMI in Nashville, the band signed a contract with Capitol. Renamed "LeRoux," they recorded two albums of Cajun-flavored pop-rock (their eponymous debut and Keep The Fire Burning) and a third, Up, which saw them shift styles to accommodate Jai Winding's more Journey-esque, mainstream production.

In '81, LeRoux moved to RCA which decided to break the band as a singles act. They succeeded with the top-20 hit "Nobody Said It Was Easy (Looking For The Lights)" and received heavy MTV airplay with "Addicted" both featured on their fourth album Last Safe Place. Soon afterward, however, lead singer Jeff Pollard left the group to start his own Christian Ministry. He was replaced by Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen, and when Bobby Campo also exited, Berklee School of Music graduate Jim Odom came aboard for the group's fifth and final album together, So Fired Up, that included their last chart single and MTV hit, "Carrie's Gone" (written about Carol Burnett's daughter, who was dating Fergie at the time). Though the band never achieved the success of many of their contemporaries, the band did experience some "Heavenly Days," and hopefully, this collection offers a little bit of that "Heaven" for the rest of us.

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