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Louisiana's LeRoux

Louisiana's LeRoux

Their 1978 Capitol press release read, "LeRoux takes its name from the Cajun French term for the thick and hearty gravy base that's used to make a gumbo." LeRoux's eponymous first album was a musical gumbo that blended various instruments and music arrangements into a spicy, mouth-watering southern rock sound. In fact, their Southern anthem 'New Orleans Ladies',voted Song of the Century by Gambit Magazine, simmered with the laid-back feel of the "Big Easy," evoking images of Bourbon Street and the bayou.

Following the success of the first album, the group released Keep The Fire Burning in 1979 and UP in 1980. In 1981, LeRoux recorded Last Safe Place, which became the bands highest charting album. Hits spawned from this recording included 'Addicted' (#3 Mainstream Rock), 'Nobody Said It Was Easy' (#18 Hot 100), and 'Last Safe Place' (#77 Hot 100). The band completed their fifth album in 1983, So Fired Up.

​This era marked the advent of MTV and LeRoux was in the forefront filming several videos that made their debut on that music channel. In addition, LeRoux performed on Solid Gold, The Midnight Special and Don Kirchner's Rock Concert, the late night television music shows that were so popular at that time.

​Over the years, LeRoux enjoyed performing with many of classic rocks' greatest bands including The Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, Journey, Kansas, Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Foreigner, Marshall Tucker, The Outlaws, ZZ Top and many, many more.

​LeRoux joined Tab Benoit in 2007 to record his albums, Brother to The Blues and Power of The Pontchartrain. Brother to The Blues earned Benoit a Grammy nomination. The following year, the band joined Tab for a live album, Night Train to Nashville, recorded live in Nashville, TN.

​The band, now with more energy and drive to perform than ever, completed a contemporary blues album entitled, One of Those Days in March 2020. While LeRoux enjoys performing the fan favorites, the music from the new album is fresh and original, but still maintains all the spice and flavor that made LeRoux a Southern Rock classic.

​LeRoux was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as their 50th inductee.

Ain't Nothing but a Gris Gris Cover
  • Ain't Nothing but a Gris Gris
  • Rock, Pop
  • LeRoux
  • 10/17/2009
  • Ain't Nothing but a Gris Gris
Liner Notes: Produced by Leon Medica Associate Producer: Jim Odom Recorded during Mardi Gras 1999 at Dockside Studio, Maurice, LA Engineer: Tony Daigle Tape Transfers: Mark Engeran Overdubs and Transfers at Techno Sound Studio, Baton Rouge, LA Engineer: Nelson Blanchard Percussion overdubs at RCA Studio B, Nashville, TN Engineer: Fred Bogert Mixed and Mastered at Techno Sound Studio, Baton Rouge, LA Album Design and Layout: Newton Elberson Cover Photograph: Wish Nails Band Promotion Photo: Pat Barrow
  1. My Heaven Can't Wait
  2. Everything That I Love
  3. Nothing but a Gris Gris
  4. Slippin' again
  5. French Quarter Moon
  6. Closing in on You
  7. Bayou Lullaby
  8. You're Always Right
  9. I'll Be over You
  10. Love's Got a Hold on Me
So Fired Up Cover
  • So Fired Up
  • Rock, Pop
  • LeRoux
  • 02/21/2010
  • So Fired Up
Liner Notes: Musicians: Leon Medica - Bass, Background Vocals Tony Haselden - Guitars, Lead and Background Vocals Fergie Frederiksen - Lead and Background Vocals Jim Odom - Guitars, Background Vocals Rod Roddy - Keyboards, Background Vocals David Peters - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals David Pack - Background Vocals on Turning Point and Carrie's Gone Producer: Leon Medica Executive Producer: Dan Loggins Production Assistant: Marlene Betters Recorded in 1982 at Studio in the Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana Engineer: Warren Dewey Assistant Engineers: David Farrell, Gene Foster, and Bruce Irvine (L.S.) Mixed at Capitol Records, Studio C Los Angeles, California Assistant Engineers: Gene Wooley and David Cole Mastered at Capitol Records, Los Angeles, California Engineer: Wally Traugott Art Direction and Design: Mike Doud Photo Illustration and Concept: Paul Maxon Back Cover and Sleeve Photos: Tom Gibson Model: Miss Dizzy Heights Management: Budd Carr, The Carr Company Booking Agency: Monterey Peninsula Artists - Dan Weiner, Fred Bohlander, and Paul Goldman Krewe of LeRoux: Live Mixer: Charles Brady, Lighting Designer: Jeff Dennis, Stage Manager and Trucking: Dan Andrews W.G.R., Monitor Mixer: Lane Wootan, Driver: Gates Moore Special thanks to: Hartley Peavey, Hollis Calvert, Mike O'Neill, and Mike Powers at Peavey Electronics; Dan Loggins, Berry Gross, Bill McGathy, and everyone at RCA; John T. Frankenheimer; Paul Tannen; Les Kaufman; Newton Elberson and Good Hope Printing; Danny Jaureax; Phil Ehart, Dave Austin, and The Music and Tennis Festival; Steve Johnstead Equipment thanks: LeRoux uses Peavey Amplification David Peters uses Pearl Drums and Big Dave's Pro Hickory Sticks Rod Roddy uses Korg Synthesizers Tony Haselden uses Peavey and Custom Guitars by Strings and Things of Memphis Leon Medica uses Peavey Basses and Strings Jim Odom uses B.C. Rich Guitars When Creole chefs combine a number of mouth-watering ingredients to form a rich gravy base, the resulting sauce is called a "roux." Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the band known as LeRoux more than lives up to their name with a music that's strong, tasty and fulfilling. So Fired Up is LeRoux's second album for RCA, following last year's Last Safe Place, which included the singles "Addicted" and "Nobody Said It Was Easy." Last Safe Place and their new album So Fired Up were both produced by bassist Leon Medica. The members of LeRoux were playing together for some time before combining their talents as a formal band. Leon Medica, David Peters, Rod Roddy, Bobby Campo, and Jeff Pollard all worked in the house band at Studio in the Country, a major recording facility located in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Medica, a staff producer, led them in backing up such artists as Clifton Chenier and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. For a while, they would tour with Gatemouth half the week and devote the other half to their own music, eventually organizing as the Jeff Pollard Band. In 1976 they backed Brown on a tour of Africa sponsored by the United States State Department. Tony Haselden was recruited as the band's guitarist shortly after the group was awarded their first recording contract in 1977. Changing their name to "Louisiana's LeRoux" (they used the State's name both for local identification and for legal reasons—another band was already using the name LeRoux), they released their debut album named after the group in 1978. A hit single, "New Orleans Ladies," made the national top 40 and climbed higher still in several markets. Subsequent albums were titled Keep The Fire Burnin' and Up. In 1981, after building a solid reputation thanks to their albums and a tortuous touring schedule that had them on the road three quarters of each year, LeRoux—no need for "Louisiana's" any more—was signed to RCA. The departure of two founding members, Jeff Pollard and Bobby Campo, to pursue other interests has resulted in the addition of a new lead singer and lead guitarist. Jim Odom, lead guitarist, is from the band's hometown of Baton Rouge. Jim attended Boston's prestigious Berklee School of Music on a scholarship sponsored by the jazz journal Down Beat. Back in Baton Rouge, Jim formed a Jazz-Rock fusion band that bears the distinction of being "...the first Asia. When the super group that had been put together decided that they wanted to use that name, they had to square things with us, because we were already registered with it." Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen, now LeRoux's lead singer, was living in Los Angeles when manager Budd Carr contacted him about auditioning for the opening spot in LeRoux. Fergie hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was on a gymnastic scholarship at Central Michigan University. "At the same time I was going to college, I was working in a band. I'd drive 99 miles to make a club date, and then have to be back in class at eight the next morning." Music won out, with Fergie moving to Chicago and joining a band called Trillion. "Not only does the addition of Fergie and Jim extend the strength of LeRoux's already-powerful recorded sound and stage show, there's an added bonus," says Leon. "The fact that Fergie is a lead singer, and not someone who doubles on an instrument, focuses the band visually in a way we didn't have before. Of course, Jim's strength as a player will add its own dimension. We were looking for that kind of thing when we were auditioning musicians." Past performances have proven LeRoux as highly regarded songwriters and as one of the most accomplished bands around, with a particularly strong following in the southeastern part of the country. Their television appearances include "Solid Gold" and their video of "Addicted" reached heavy rotation on MTV. The future promises to be even more exciting. Leon speaks confidently of a "team effort that's really happening," and of LeRoux's "well-rounded chemistry." And what could be more important to a tasty roux than the well-rounded chemistry of a diverse blend of proven Ingredients?
  1. So Fired Up
  2. Lifeline
  3. Let Me In
  4. Yours Tonight
  5. Line on Love
  6. Carrie's Gone
  7. Wait One Minute
  8. Turning Point
  9. Don't Take It Away
  10. Look Out
  11. Back in America
Last Safe Place Cover
  • Last Safe Place
  • Pop, Rock
  • LeRoux
  • 02/21/2010
  • Last Safe Place
Liner Notes: Musicians: Jeff Pollard - 6 and 12 String Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Lead and Background Vocals Rod Roddy - Keyboards, Lead and Background Vocals Bobby Campo - Percussion, Background Vocals David Peters - Drums, Background Vocals Tony Haselden - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Lead and Background Vocals Leon Medica - Bass, Background Vocals Lon Price - Sax on Inspiration and Make Believe Claudette Rogers - Background Vocals on Inspiration Produced by Leon Medica Executive Producer: Dan Loggins Production Assistant: Marlene Betters Recorded in 1981 at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana Engineer: Warren Dewey Assistant Engineer: David Farrell Mixed at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California Assistant Engineer: Terry Christian Mastered at Capitol Studios Los Angeles, California Engineer: Ken Perry Photography: David Kennedy Design and Art Direction: Ron Kellum Krewe of LeRoux: Stage Manager and Live Mixer: Charles "Chopper" Brady, Lighting Designer: Pug Sanchez, Driver: Gates Moore Management - Budd Carr, The Carr Company Booking Agency: Monterey Peninsula Artists - Dan Weiner, Fred Bohlander, and Paul Goldman Special thanks to: John T. Frankenheimer; Budd Carr and Marlene Betters; Dan Weiner, Fred Bohlander, and Paul Goldman at Monterey Peninsula; Paul Tannen; Les Kaufman; Hartley Peavey, Hollis Calvert, and Mike O'Neill at Peavey Electronics; Bill McGathy at RCA; Newton Elberson and Good Hope Printing Equipment thanks: LeRoux uses Peavey Amplification Leon Medica and Tony Haselden use Peavey Instruments and Strings Jeff Pollard uses Dean Markley Strings Jeff Pollard and Tony Haselden amps modified by Paul Rivera Thanks to: Bert DellaLuna; Mary Beth Mead; Ken Goodley; M.C. Perry; Dr Gerald Haydel; Carlton and Sharon Jones; David and Jan Brantly; Myra, Lew, and Margaret Pollard; Kim Schrimsher; Paul and Goldie Roddy; Dr. Carmelino Galang and South Louisiana Medical Center; Mark Mouton; Mark Duthu; John Gautreaux; Max Loubiere; Julia and Casey Caroline Haselden; Nancy Peters and the Peters Family; Rodney Stagni; Molly Hanson; T.J. and Leona Mandina and the kids; Owen, Bootsie Brown, and the kids; Mary Medica; Leon Medica, Sr.; Bill Evans; Mike Moore; Butch Naquin; Danny Ferrington; Ronny D'Armond; Nike Noto; Jim Montgomery; John, Stader, and Ed; Eugene Foster and the good folks at Studio in the Country; Warren and everyone at Sunset Sound. RCA Press Release With a new label, a new album, Last Safe Place, and a new sense of confidence and vitality, LeRoux is certain to surpass the considerable achievements of their first three albums. Last Safe Place is the sum total of six talents. Like the rich Creole gravy base—roux — from which the band took its name, many musical flavors such as Southern Boogie, Rock, R&B, and Pop are readily identifiable on Last Safe Place. Leon Medica, the group's bass player and producer, attributes part of the group's current enthusiasm to their connection with RCA: "These people understand our music." That enthusiasm is reflected in Last Safe Place's high spirits. The album focuses on driving, yet melodic, Rock tunes propelled by blistering guitar lines and direct, no-nonsense keyboard playing, Songs such as "You Know How Those Boys Are", "Nobody Said It Was Easy", and the title song ("Last Safe Place") have the power and the accessibility that put hits over the top. Lead singer (and lead guitarist) Jeff Pollard's vocals and the band's soaring five-part harmonies add sweetening throughout the record as evidenced on their fresh rendition of Buffalo Springfield's "Rock And Roll Woman." While the cut bears the LeRoux Stamp, it adheres closely to the classic original because, according to Pollard, "There's something about the song that doesn't le you stray far." Pollard, Medica, Rod Roddy (keyboards), David Peters (drums, percussion), and Bobby Campo (horns, flute, percussion) got to know each other as the primary in-house rhythm section at Studio In The Country, a major recording studio in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Staff producer Medica led them in backing up artists such as Clifton Chenier and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. For a while, they would work with Gatemouth half the week and devote the other half to their own music. They also spent a lot of time on the road (as the Jeff Pollard Band). In 1977, they backed Gatemouth on a State Department-sponsored goodwill tour of Africa. Tony Haselden (guitarist) joined the group soon after their signing by Capitol Records in 1977. Changing their name to Louisiana's LeRoux ( the state name was appended for legal reasons but was later dropped), the band released their first album, Louisiana's LeRoux, in the spring of 1978, it yielded a top 40 single, "New Orleans Ladies," which hit #1 in several markets around the country. The release of LeRoux's following albums Keep The Fire Burnin' and Up fueled their popularity with the AOR crowd and audiences alike. Much of LeRoux's popularity around the country is due to their years of extensive touring: currently, the band is on the road 250-280 days a year. While they do many 2000-seat dates, they have also done numerous major shows with acts such as Bob Seger, Kansas, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Dirt Band, Heart, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, and other top-rank bands. Pollard credits their "live strength" to the fact that they "record and then learn the songs again—really relearn them." Appearances of special note have included "Mardi Gras in the Superdome" in New Orleans in 1979, Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam in Nashville in 1980 (the band can be heard on the Volunteer Jam 6 album), and also in 1980, incoming Governor Dave Treen's Inaugural Ball in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The extent of their popularity in the Louisiana area is such that in 1979, LeRoux swept the reader' poll in the Louisiana Rock magazine, "Gris Gris." Last Safe Place will be the next chapter in the "grassroots bands make good" saga wherein LeRoux is destined to become "The Band In '82."
  1. Addicted
  2. It Doesn't Matter
  3. Nobody Said It Was Easy
  4. The Last Safe Place on Earth
  5. Inspiration
  6. You Know How Those Boys Are
  7. Midnight Summer Dream
  8. Rock 'n Roll Woman
  9. Long Distance Lover
  10. Make Believe