We're in a NOLA state of mind

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With the Voices of the Wetlands All-Stars coming to Armstrong Hall tomorrow night, y'all should be in a New Orleans state of mind right about now. So there's no better time to pre-order the two-CD Nine Lives: A Musical Adaptation, Volume 1.

Set for late February/early March release, its 24 tracks feature a who's who of New Orleans greats, including Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Wendell Pierce, Michelle Shocked, the Dixie Cups, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The project was inspired by the book of the same name, a much-acclaimed oral history of Katrina-era New Orleans as told by nine of its most interesting residents to Colorado-based author Dan Baum.

You can also read our interviews with Baum here and with Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars' Big Chief Monk Boudreaux here.

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