kerri simpson

new album




OPELOUSIFIED, the debut album from Opelousas (Opper-loo-sas), is a feast of grit and glory and features a roux of Kerri Simpson’s powerful raw vocals, Alison Ferrier’s dirty stripped-back electric guitar, amplifed fddle and smooth vocal tones, peppered with Anthony “Shorty” Shortte’s swamp-soaked percussion.

This powerhouse plays pulsating rhythms from the belly of the blues. A distillation of Melbourne's fnest, Opelousas draw inspiration from their friends and contemporaries; the legendary Kerri Simpson's New Orleans pedigree, Ferrier's electric energy that recently took the Melbourne Recital Hall by storm, and Shorty as the back beat and bedrock of the original Collards Greens and Gravy.

The trio added a special ingredient to their simmering sound: ARIA awardwinning singer-songwriter-guitarist JeffLang. Jeff co-produced the album with the band as well as recording, mixing AND creating flm clips for both 'Dear John' and 'James Dean'. The resulting gumbo is a tasty treat for audiences far and wide.



OPELOUSAS launch their album at The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Victoria on Saturday 15 June 2019 with support from very special guests Fenn & George Wilson. Doors open 6pm, music from 8.30pm




reviewer: Helen Jennings OAM - PBS 106.7FM

"A joyous debut collaboration from three of Australia's highly respected musicians, Opelousas have whipped up a gumbo of stripped back raw blues, highly rhythmic & riff orientated, rollin' & tumblin' straight out of the swampy Mississippi Hill country, above the Delta. I just love the sound and material. Can't compare it with any other Aussie band, I believe ."