Big Al and the Heavyweights
Southern Roots, Bayou Soul
Big Al and the Heavyweights originally formed in 1996 as the Unknown Blues Band, with founding members Al Lauro, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule), and pianist Rick Gergen (Sweethearts of the Rodeo). Of course, Warren is no longer in the band but Big Al has formed a solid array of musicians that features Louisiana Music Hall of Fame pianist vocalist, Wayne Lohr along with guitarist vocalist extraordinaire Marcel Anton and renowened California bassist vocalist Mark Parsons.
The latest recording "Love One Another" (Vizztone Label Group) includes special musical guests Luther Dickinson of the North MS Allstars and former Heavyweight and harmonica virtuoso, Jason Ricci.
"Love One Another" was recorded at famed Suite Mix Studios in Slidell, LA with George Curreau Jr engineering and producing who is noted for Funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz's numerous recording projects. The album charted at # 19 on the Living Blues Charts and #15 on The North American College & Community Radio Chart and # 8 on the Roots Music Blues Chart .
Big Al and the Heavyweights' live performances are family oriented, energetic and most of all fun. This is a show you don't want to miss!
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have some exciting news to share with you all. After years of non-stop recording and touring, we are thrilled to announce that Vizztone Label Group recording artists, Big Al and The Heavyweights, have been inducted into The Alabama Blues Music Hall of Fame in Birmingham on April 30, 2023."
This is a truly incredible achievement, and we cannot express how honored and grateful we are to be recognized for our dedication to spreading the positive power of music. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Roger Stephenson, James Newton of The Alabama Blues Music Hall of Fame, The Magic City Blues Society, and our fans all over, especially in BAMA. As the great Louis Armstrong once said in his iconic song, "The stars fell on Alabama." We truly appreciate your continuing love and support, and we look forward to sharing our future musical endeavors with all of you!