By: Kent B. - MSTv
One of New Orleans favorite sons, Harry Connick Jr., recently introduced "the new hit kids of Louisiana music" to the national audience of American Idol.
Louisiana natives, Royal Teeth, premiered to a frenzied audience on the 3/20 episode of the 13 year old franchise.
"And the new “American Idol” is … Royal Teeth!," announced Harry Connick Jr., as he welcomed and applauded the youthful group's “Tastemaker” choice performance of, “Wild” from the band's album “Glow.”
“They’re from Louisiana -- that's the main reason I love them,” Connick said in his introductory remarks. “The second main reason I love them is that they're hot.
The members of Royal Teeth, Joshua Wells, Gary Larsen, Nora Patterson and Steve Billeaud, all live in or near either New Orleans or Lafayette.
But, with the infectious and deceptive sound of a band that could be from anywhere, the grouping of Royal Teeth are surprisingly laid-back and humble - despite their rapidly growing fame..
MyScene TV caught up with the band back in December (Sorry American Idol, we beat you to the punch!) when they were playing a gig at the Varsity Theatre.
In a simple, yet engaging interview with lead singers, Gary Larson and Nora Patterson, we discovered that the group was comprised of some just plain cool and humble people.
As true Southern raised young adults, the youthful duo were extremely polite and engaging, yet seemed largely unaffected by their fame. And though completely grateful for said fame, the two; and group on the whole, seemed more interested in being off the road and back in Louisiana; albeit for just a brief while.
From our interview with Royal Teeth, it seemed that the lure of fame and fortune ran a scant fourth in their general priorities. Their true interests seemed to lie in spending more time back home with their families, friends and original fans with an sincerity that shone through strongly and honestly.
All in all, these "kids" hardly portray the stereotype of the typical rock stars, or "American Idols." But, maybe that's a really good thing. I'm sure their families, friends and fans are proud of this fact as well.