Jeb Rault Musical Biography

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Jeb Rault started playing  professionally in the New Orleans club scene at age 17. He began with his band at the time, 'Speakeasy', at Jimmy's Club, and then moved on to playing Carrollton Station, Muddy Water's and Tipitina's.  Making a name for himself on the local New Orleans music scene as an exciting guitarist in the Blues/Rock style, he formed Jeb Rault Band in 1996, and in 1997, recorded his debut CD Yin Yang From The Mire. The band went on to open for such notables as Ted Nugent, Jeff Healey, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, regularly playing the New Orleans music scene as well as in the Southeast of the USA.

Rault began to also play guitar in various acts such as JD and the Jammers, Big Al and the Heavyweights,  and has been honored to play with Art Neville, Dr John, and Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson over the years. In 2012, Jeb Rault Band released 'Sweet Dancer' and at that time, Rault was hired by New Orleans Country singer Kim Carson who had him as sole guitarist on her European tours in 2013 and 2014. Since 2015, Jeb Rault Band has made tours of Germany, Switzerland and Spain, and also continues to play in the USA. The band is available for bookings in Europe, USA and elsewhere.  He has also joined Regensburg Germany based 'Rock N Rodeo' as the bands guitarist/singer, and tours regularly throughout Central Europe with them.

The newest release, RISING, a ten song all original album written and produced by Jeb Rault was released on Sept 15 2023. It can be heard on all streaming platforms and purchased here. The band just finished a 7 show album release tour of Switzerland. Plans are in the works for a live shows in the New Orleans area during Mardi Gras 2024(Febuary'24)

 

Rising: Jeb Rault Rising CD
  • Rising: Jeb Rault Rising CD
  • Rising: Jeb Rault Rising CD
  • Rising: Jeb Rault Rising CD

Rising: Jeb Rault Rising CD

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Recorded in Spring 2023 at one of New Orleans’ premier recording studios, Marigny Studio, by well known Sound Engineer Ben Lorio, the 10 songs, entirely penned and produced by Jeb Rault ,include a mixture of different guitar inspired songs ranging from straight ahead Classic sounding Blues Rock to Funky Blues, and some darker sounding material as

Recorded in Spring 2023 at one of New Orleans’ premier recording studios, Marigny Studio, by well known Sound Engineer Ben Lorio, the 10 songs, entirely penned and produced by Jeb Rault ,include a mixture of different guitar inspired songs ranging from straight ahead Classic sounding Blues Rock to Funky Blues, and some darker sounding material as well, featuring layered guitar leads and harmony vocals.

With Lee Schwartz on Drums, Logan Emory providing solid rhythm guitar, and Matt Wisdom on Bass, the tracks also feature sit ins by New Orleans talent such as Wayne Lohr on keys, Joe Crachiola on Sax, and Charlie Denard on Grand Piano.

“Rising” has a total of 10 incredible songs that pulls at your hearts hamstrings and ear-pleasing instrumentation that leaves you wanting more. The songs were recorded in Spring 2023 at one of New Orleans’ premier recording studios, Marigny Studio, by well known Sound Engineer Ben Lorio.

In each song Jeb doesn’t fail to showcase his magnificent guitar licks that brings the song to life, listening to the album you would hear genres such Classic sounding Blues Rock to Funky Blues, and some darker sounding material as well, featuring layered guitar leads and harmony vocals, this is an album that speaks for itself.(From MusicArena online https://www.musicarenagh.com/jeb-raults-album-rising-is-a-ground-breaking-record/?fbclid=IwAR1isrwq0M8-Ck1FRvPN9pY_PI0Mozug8W4jShbVtgeTpJfl6_3ubmnghEA

“Rising” is a ten-track album, where the artist manages to sound current, yet maintaining his roots, being a link that connects the 'old school' to the new times. And this is already evident in “Pretty Pictures”, which opens the album spectacularly with its enchanting dynamics and already showing Rault's open range. (From Music For All) https://musicforall.com.br/jeb-rault-lanca-terceiro-disco-mais-abrangente-dentro-do-blues-rock/?fbclid=IwAR2SU-bWZbxS9v7tpoBXqMmjrZVRNCWXStODeBb_ngkbwSaAaRVEFWeK6kM

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Jeb Rault BIO
A First Hand Perspective
 

Growing up in New Orleans certainly has its benefits. There's the food, the culture, the laid back way of life, and of course, always, the music. So its not a surprise that the music bug bit me at an early age. The sounds of New Orleans were constantly available to me on the radio and the family record player when I was a young child. In a myriad of different styles, Blues, RandB, Funk, Rock, Mardi Gras Music,even Country and Bluegrass, the songs of Professor Longhair, The Wild Magnolias, The Meters,The Neville Brothers, Dr John and others made a strong impression on me as a kid. I remember the first two albums I ever played. Given to me by my parents, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, as well as The Beatles, Revolver, became staples for me as early as six or seven.

I started out with piano lessons at the age of ten. My lessons were at Loyola University where there was a class for children at the time. When I turned thirteen, I developed an interest in the guitar, and it was then that I began guitar lessons with the popular guitar teacher Ellen Simon, who taught me chord progressions and melody, the rudiments of songwriting. I was then introduced to Classic Rock guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, and later, the Blues greats, Albert and BB King, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, and so many others.

I began to play the New Orleans club scene when I was 17. The first club I played at was Jimmy's, in Uptown New Orleans. The band was Speakeasy, and we played mainly cover tunes, though we added some originals as we went. I ended up playing many of the clubs back in those days, Tipitina's, Muddy Waters, and also several school fairs and High School Dances.

At 25 I formed The Jeb Rault Band. It was the summer of 1996 in New Orleans LA. We gained some name recognition in New Orleans from '96-2001, building a fan base and playing such clubs as Tipitina's, The Howlin' Wolf, Carrollton Station, and House of Blues, where the band opened for major artists such as Jeff Healey, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Ted Nugent. Our debut CD, 'Yin Yang From The Mire', was released in late 1997. Besides much radio airplay in New Orleans, the CD gained airplay on the West Coast, as well as in Europe, most notably in Sweden. In a 1998 press review of the CD, Offbeat magazine compared my singing to one of my musical mentors, Eric Clapton, which I thought was funny because I never had considered myself a singer as such. More a guitar player/songwriter who happened to sing.

It was at this time that I got a chance to play in China. It was at Blues and Jazz Club in Shanghai China, and I played there several times during the month of January, 1998. It was a memorable experience because the Chinese people actually knew songs I had grown up with in New Orleans, such as Goodnight Irene, and Let The Good Times Roll. It was a great thing to be able to play these and more for them at the time.

I went on to release 'Live From The Mire', a live CD from the period, of which a limited amount of copies were distributed.
In 2000, I recorded Electric Blue, Volumes, 1, and 2 in my home studio. These did very well on MP3.com, at one time holding six of the top 20 spots on the MP3.com Electric Blues charts out of over 6000 songs.

In 2001, I decided I wanted to expand my experience and I moved for a while to California, where I soon began to be a regular in the San Francisco acoustic singer/songwriter circuit. This was a great experience because the musicians were not only great players and songwriters, but also knew a vast repertoire of older folk songs to which I was then exposed. In 2004, I formed the Blues/Funk/Roots band Swampsoul. Swampsoul toured the West Coast in 2004 and 2005, releasing one album, entitled Sizzler.

In 2005, I began to feel the pull of New Orleans once again. I missed the culture, the people, the music, the city. I was planning on returning home in the summer of 2005, when Katrina hit. I knew I had to return. I felt a duty towards my hometown, I had to help to re-build the city that made me who I am, the city I love. Like a magnet, it pulled me back.

Since moving back to New Orleans in November 2005, I have released Three For The City, a three song EP(available for free download at www.jebrault.com) dedicated to the re-building of New Orleans. I have performed in New Orleans Funk band Dr. Funk as well as playing guitar as a member of JD Hill's Jammers., with whom I was honored to play the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest. Playing with the Jammers also led to sitting in with several musicians who have always been musical mentors for me over the years, including Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson, and the legendary Dr John(see pic below). I also continued to play live in my own band as well.

By happenstance, I met Grammy winning producer, John Snyder, in 2011. We made plans to record an album together, and thus, Sweet Dancer was born. Released in March 2012, recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and mixed at Dockside Studios in Maurice LA., the CD has gained airplay on WWOZ in New Orleans, and has also found its way onto Radio France and Alaska radio as well. It has been accepted into Pandora, and is also up for consideration this year in NARAS for a possible Grammy nomination. It was also at this time that I decided to change the spelling of the band name in order for new fans and industry people such as radio djs to pronounce it correctly. It had been Geb Rault Band, and with the release of Sweet Dancer, the band name is now spelled Jeb Rault Band.

In 2013 I was honored to play at a local Mardi Gras  party with none other than Pappa Funk himself, Art Neville. Only in New Orleans!

 In the summer 2013, I joined New Orleans based Honky Tonk singer songwriter, Kim Carson, on her 45 date tour of Europe, where we played for large crowds in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France. I continued to play regularly with Kim into 2014- 2015, not only in Europe and in the US, but also in Costa Rica as well! 

 In 2015, I set out to tour Europe with my own band. I accomplished this with the help of some fantastic European musicians who I had the pleasure to play my music, and the music of New Orleans and the American South with. I was honored to play in Germany, Switzerland, and in Spain, and began to lay the foundations for future tours in Europe.

 Now, with  seven tours (5 of these with my own band) of Europe under my belt , and one now booking for Summer 2018, I feel I am well on my way to establishing myself as a regular player on the music scene in Europe , as well as the USA,  what a great gift!

In 2019, I was referred by a friend to 'RockNRodeo', a Germany based touring act who was looking for a guitarist/singer. I began to play shows with Rock N Rodeo, and the four of us felt a musical kinship, one that continues through to the present time. So as of 2020, I continue to tour with JRB, as well as with Rock N Rodeo, all the while steadily putting together another JRB studio release.  That studio release has come to fruition, in Jeb Rault Rising, an all new 10 song album featuring original compositions by myself, and recorded with longtime friends, Matt Wisdom, Logan Emory and Lee Schwartz, it also features Wayne Lohr, Charlie Denard, and Joe Crachiola. We marked the occasion of the release with a successful 7 show tour of Switzerland. You can purchase the CD on this website, and Vinyl will be offered here in time for Christmas 2023! Listen to Rising on all streaming platforms(Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, Bandcamp..etc)

 

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