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On this week’s edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we have the second installment of our French Quarter Fest Series from Louisiana Music Factory. We chat with Lou Hill and Shaleyah Sun Chaser of Water Seed along with Dr. Brice Miller.

Pictured above from left Dr. Brice Miller, Shaleyah Sun Chaser and Lou Hill of Water Seed, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show.

NOLADrinks Show – 2-4-19 – French Quarter Fest Series – Water Seed and Dr. Brice Miller

It’s a quick start to the show due to the length of our featured interview. We tee things up, take a quick break, and then it over to our featured interview.

We head over to Louisiana Music Factory for the second installment of our French Quarter Fest Series. This time around we talk with Lou Hill and Shaleyah Sun Chaser of the “future funk” band, Water Seed, as well as jazz musician and educator, Dr. Brice Miller, who performs with, among others, Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie and works with The New Orleans Music Company.

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It’s a great chat covering a wide-range of topics. Of course, we talk music and some of the influences these terrific musicians have. We also talk about Brice and Lou’s shared time together studying music at Xavier University and Shaleyah’s background coming from Houston.

Much of our fascinating chat discusses the importance and tradition of the New Orleans music scene. We chat about how they approach music, combine influences, and how they handle what they do when they perform and record. Brice describes the genre where his music fits – “new trad,” referring to a new take on traditional jazz.

Of course, we talk about drink and food. Brice notes growing up in a musical family and how people were always over at the house for parties and playing music and, certainly, here in New Orleans that means a lot of food and drink going on, too!

Before we close out the radio portion of the show, we talk about what it’s like and what it means to perform at French Quarter Fest. We also let you know how you can connect with the performers and find their music and when they are playing live.

Pictured at left from left Shaleyah Sun Chaser and Lou Hill of Water Seed and Dr. Brice Miller.

Brice, Lou, and Shaleyah stick around for our podcast-only portion of the show, Another Shot with NOLADrinks. Here, we dig a little deeper into a few things, including the thought-provoking question of “have you ever seen a baby pigeon?” We chat about the changing landscape of the musical heritage of the city and the generational aspect of mentorship and sharing the craft and art.

We close things out with our Parting Shot talking Boycott Bowl!

The map below shows the location of Louisiana Music Factory. You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show podcast using the links and player at the top of the post.

Cheers, You All!

~ Bryan

Music Played on This Episode

Here’s the music we played going in and out of the commercial breaks and the radio portion close. All can be found in-person or online at Louisiana Music Factory:


  • “Open Sesame” – Water Seed
  • “Fly Me to the Moon” – Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie
  • “Bollywood” – Water Seed
  • “Hello Brother” – Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie
  • “Work It Out” – Water Seed
  • “My Blue Heaven” – Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie
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