Lounge Singer Combines Old and New Music to Revive Cocktail Bar in New Orleans

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"Just anything that’s soulful, anything that makes you feel it, anything that makes other people feel it, anything that makes everyone feel good is what I want to sing," says Singer Songwriter Amanda Ducourbier.

Ducourbier and Musician Andy deBuys are the fresh new faces playing at the Windsor Court Hotel. They're part of a revival, a plan to breathe life into the lobby bar with their youthful energy and perfect harmony of old and new material.

"A lot of people don't give enough credit to the younger generation because we do appreciate older music, you know you don't want to get rid of those oldies but goodies but then when you turn around and add in a Justin Timberlake or these big Adele songs or something that people don't expect necessarily to hear acoustic, you know 'Umbrella' by Rihanna, it's more interesting," says Ducourbier.

And it’s working. They aren't afraid to experiment and they've been given the freedom to do so. "We've been writing new music and it’s a great thing to kind of come and test it out and see the response we get from that too. "

Adding to the atmosphere: new music and delicious drinks after all it is the cocktail bar. "Previously cocktail bar was more or less just a lobby bar where people pass through. We've changed the drink menu, I hate to say drastically but we changed it more to what I consider the focus that I like. I'm a big fan of classic cocktails and also what I call obscure classic cocktails, those being cocktails that have been around for two hundred years but people seem to have forgotten about them so I'm taking it as my job to make them popular again," says Kent Westmoreland the Bartender at the Cocktail Bar.

From the Sazerac to Singapore Sling good taste never goes out of style and the Cocktail Bar is making a comeback because of those classics and their contemporary approach.

"We have on some nights more than doubled our business, so it brings more revenue in to the hotel and that's something of course the hotel management always likes but it makes it just a place where people want to come want to hang out. One of the reasons I went into this business was I like to interact with people, so having more people in here gives me the chance to tell them stories, for them to tell me their stories and for me to repeat their stories as my own stories,” says Westmoreland.

The return of old New Orleans repackaged for a new generation.