By William McCray Sutherlin
On August 8th, local funk/jazz fusion trio Trailer Hounds will release their debut album, something many fans have long awaited. The festivities will commence at 8 p.m., with openers Moonsugar and Captain Green preparing the stage.
First up will be Moonsugar, made up of Paul Jackson (guitar), Melissa Heemskerk (sax,clarinet,vocals), Brennan Breaux (drums/vocals), Andrew Moss (funkstick aka the bass), Rion Mooneyham (trumpet), and Garret Corripio (trumpet).
Moonsugar has been performing together for nearly two years now in the Baton Rouge area.
“We jam as often as we can and are very open with our thoughts as far as the music goes,” the band said. “Everyone contributes their own style and talents which only betters the band as a whole. Unity through diversity.”
Recently, Moonsugar opened up for the legendary George Porter Jr. at the Varsity Theatre.
“It was a phenomenal show that we were honored to be a part of,” they said. “It was so surreal to be hanging out with one of our biggest influences. GEORGE PORTER JR FOR PRESIDENT!”
When I moved onto State Street in 2012, I fell in love with the jazz-influenced scene that has come alive in Baton Rouge. All of these groups seem to influence each other, as well as influence and entertain those around them.
“We have an incredible music family in Baton Rouge,” Moonsugar stated. “We are all so different, but connected by the one thing we are all passionate about. Music. The amount of talent in this city is unreal and we’re so stoked to be surrounded by friends who share our love. Music is the language of us all.”
Second opener Captain Green has been a big influence to both bands, getting their start in Baton Rouge and now touring throughout the South. Close friends, Trailer Hounds, feel the same way as Moonsugar about the communal creative space that has been birthed, and harness their friendship in a constructive way.
“Captain Green and Moonsugar have really been by our sides since we started Trailer Hounds,” bassist Corey Desselle said. “Watching them progress over the years, it really brings a drive to us. It makes us want to practice and work that much harder. We are just tickled that we could invite them to come share the stage with us on our big night.”
Trailer Hounds is a funk/jazz fusion trio made up of Corey Desselle (bass), Robert Holden (guitar), and Joseph Lyle on the tubs and skins. The group recently re-acquired their drummer Joe Lyle after he spent the last year studying at Berklee College of Music.
“We have always had material being written and progressions being made,” Desselle explained, “but we never felt like it was quite right to release an album. Well, we finally have that feeling and knew it was time. All wheels started rolling as soon as Joe arrived back from Berklee. The momentum we caught was a breath of fresh air, and not long after that it all started to fall in place.”