The Roamin' Jasmine
The Roamin' Jasmine


Recent News

New Year, New Look, New Projects


Happy 2017 to all you Roamin’ Jasmine fans out there! In addition to the lovely new photos we got taken by the amazing Avery White ( we’ve got a couple of projects in the works for this year:


construction-house-rj-lachlan-lo-resWe’ve just finished recording 6 new songs in collaboration with our friend, Australian singer and songwriter Lachlan Bryan (the guy with the acoustic guitar in the photo!). ( 

Bandleader Taylor Smith and Lachlan worked together to adapt some of Lachlan’s more country/Americana style tunes to The Roamin’ Jasmine’s New Orleans Blues and Jazz sound with some exciting results. There are plans in the works for a Fall 2017 Roamin’ Jasmine Australian tour with Lachlan, as well as some collaborative performances this summer in the UK to support the release of the recordings. Stay tuned for more on that!


horaces-bar-photoWe’ll also be recording a new live album and video at our local corner bar in Central City, New Orleans, Horace’s Bar on Friday, January 27th from 6:30-9pm. This is going to be a truly special performance and we’d love to have all of y’all come dance and party with us for the video. We’ll be playing a bunch of Blues and early New Orleans Rock n’ Roll, as Mr. Horace is a big blues fan. The address is 2600 Third Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

So if you’re in town this month, here’s where you can come out and see us in New Orleans:

•Sunday January 1st 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

•Sunday January 8th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

•Sunday January 15th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

•Thursday January 19th 7-10pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Sunday January 22nd 1-4pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Sunday January 22nd 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

**Friday January 27th 6:30-9pm Live Album & Video Recording @ Horace’s

Bar, 2600 Third Street, New Orleans 70113**

•Sunday January 29th 4-7pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Sunday January 29th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

Happy Holidaze from The Roamin’ Jasmine!

rj-wedding-polaroidGreetings from NOLA where it’s looking to be a pretty warm holidayseason. If you’re looking to get in the spirit with some hot Rhythm & Blues and Jazz come on out and see us this month. And remember, Roamin’Jasmine CD’s make great gifts! Here’s where we’ll be at in December:


•Friday December 2nd 6-10pm @ Private Event:Son of A Saint Gala

•Sunday December 4th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Thursday December 8th 7-10pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Saturday December 10th 7-9pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

•Sunday December 11th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Saturday December 17th 7-9pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

•Sunday December 18th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Thursday December 29th 4-7pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

November Gigs

Hello there RJ fans! Here’s where you can catch us in November:

•Thursday November 3rd 6-8pm @ New Orleans Botanical Garden “Music

Under The Stars”

•Saturday November 5th Wedding Gig @ Blue Hill at Stone Barns,

Pocantico, NY

•Sunday November 6th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Wednesday November 9th 4:30-7:30 @ Trenasse Restaurant

•Thursday November 10th 7-10pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Saturday November 19th 4-7pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Sunday November 20th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Saturday November 26th 7-9pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

•Sunday November 27th 4-7pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Sunday November 27th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Wednesday November 30th 4:30-7:30 @ Trenasse Restaurant

October local gigs and Roaming the USA

Here’s the gigs we’ll be playing during the rest of October including our trip up to the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC and our gig on the way back in Nashville at Sambuca:

•Thursday October 13th 7-10pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Sunday October 16th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

•Saturday and Sunday October 22nd & 23rd @ LEAF Festival, Black Mountain, NC

•Monday October 24th 6:30-10:30pm @ Sambuca Restaurant, Nashville, TN

•Thursday October 27th 7:30-10:30pm @ 3 Muses

•Saturday October 29th 7-9pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

•Sunday October 30th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine


See y’all out there!

LEAF Festival and September Gigs:


We are excited to announce that we’ll be playing at the Lake Eden Arts

Festival (LEAF Fest) again this October 21-23rd! We’ll also be playing

again at Sambuca Restaurant in Nashville, TN on our way back to

NOLA on Monday, October 24th.

Here are our local gigs for the rest of September here in New Orleans:

• Sunday September 4th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday September 7th 8 – 11 pm @ 21st Amendment Bar

• Saturday September 10th 7 – 9 pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

• Sunday September 11th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday September 14th 8 – 11 pm @ 21st Amendment Bar

• Thursday September 15th 7:30 – 10:30 pm @ Three Muses

• Friday September 16th 4 – 7 pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

• Saturday September 17th 7 – 9 pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

• Sunday September 18th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday September 21st 8 – 11 pm @ 21st Amendment Bar

• Thursday September 22nd 7 – 10 pm @ The Maison Frenchmen

• Saturday September 24th 7 – 9 pm @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

• Sunday September 25th 7:30-10:30pm @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday September 28th 8 – 11 pm @ 21st Amendment Bar


Come on out and see us!


Here’s where we’re playing the rest of this month:


• Wednesday August 3rd 8-11 @ 21st Amendment Bar

• Saturday August 6th 4-7 @ The Maison Frenchmen

• Sunday August 7th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday August 10th 8-11 @ 21st Amendment Bar

• Saturday August 13th 4-7 @ The Maison Frenchmen

• Sunday August 14th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday August 17th 8-11 @ 21st Amendment Bar

•Saturday August 20th 7-9 @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub

• Sunday August 21st 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday August 24th 8-11 @ 21st Amendment Bar

• Thursday August 25th 7-10 @ The Maison Frenchmen

•Saturday August 27th 7-9 @ Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub

• Sunday August 28th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

• Wednesday August 31st 8-11 @ 21st Amendment Bar

See y’all out there!

UK Tour #2 a Great Success!


Our second UK jaunt was even better than we could have imagined. We had fantastic crowds at all the gigs who were both appreciative listeners and frequently enthusiastic dancers. We sold out of our new album and all but a couple of our first album. We made some great new friends who put us up in their homes, cooked for us and shared many pints. We got to see some stunning countryside as well as some historic castles and churches along the way. Now we can’t wait to go back. You can check out the photo gallery below with some highlights:

New Album and UK Tour #2


New Album: Blues Shuffle Heart

        We’ve just finished the recording, mixing and mastering process of our second album, called Blues Shuffle Heart, and 1000 shiny new copies of it should be arriving in a giant box in just a few days. We’re super excited to share this new music with you all! The band put in a lot of hard work in rehearsals and two long days in the studio and it has paid off. The recordings sound fantastic!
The new album will include some staples of our live show including “Delta Bound”, “Gotta Go Get My Baby” and “My Blue Heaven”, plus some brand new arrangements of original songs (composed by yours truly, Taylor Smith!) and some classic country blues and early jazz.
To help fund the album I’ve started a GoFundMe page where you can pre-order an autographed copy of the new CD, plus even more goodies if you really want to help us out. Here’s the link for more info:

Below is a video preview of one of the tracks from the album “My Blue Heaven”, shot live in the studio by our friend Louise McKerl from Scotland:





We are super-excited to get back to the UK for our second go-round! This time we’ve got four festival gigs ( including The Beverley Folk Festival, The Middlewich FAB Festival and Maverick Fest) plus 16 other shows across England and Scotland. We had such a great time over there in December and can’t wait to spend some time hanging out and performing for all you lovely tea-and-real-ale drinking people! The addresses and showtimes can be found when you click on the individual events on our Calendar page. We’re still looking for places to crash in Glasgow, Inverness and Bristol, so if any of you out there have friends in those places, or live their yourselves, and would enjoy the company of 2 to 4 handsome New Orleans musicians for a couple of nights, send us a message at We would be forever grateful and would gladly house you when you come to New Orleans.

Bacchanal live shot 2

Upcoming Local Gigs:


5th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine

9th 7:00-10:00 @ The Maison

11th 7:00-9:00 @ Fritzel’s

12th 7:30-10:30 @ Bacchanal Wine


Then it’s off to England and Scotland by way of Miami International Airport! Hope to see y’all out there!


-Taylor Smith and The Roamin’ Jasmine


Beverley Folk Festival 2016

We are excited to announce that we’ve been accepted to The Beverley Folk Festival where we’ll be performing on Sunday, June 19th 2016. Here’s the info for the festival:

  • Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley Racecourse, York Road, Beverley, HU17 8QZ

  • Festival telephone number: 01377 219112 


Hope to see all of our UK fans and friends there! Here’s a picture of one of the beautiful churches in Beverley from when we were there in December:




Finally Some Updates!

Hello Roamin’ Jasmine fans! It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, so here are some updates since last July:

Our Alaska tour was a huge success, with incredibly enthusiastic and rowdy dancing crowds throughout the trip. And boy did they treat us well, fresh caught salmon, king crab eggs benedict, wild blueberry pancakes, and outstanding local beer! Here are some highlights:





After the Alaska Tour, we got to perform at the Lake Eden Arts Festival(LEAF) in Black Mountain, North Carolina in October where in addition to performing, we got to watch Aaron Neville perform from backstage, enjoy the crisp Autumn mountain air, and freeze our New Orleanian butts off in the 35 degree night! Our performance also got a great review in the local press which you can check out here:

On our way to NC, we also played at Creature Comforts Brewing in Athens, GA (who make some really great beer check them out: and then on our way home we played at Sambuca in Nashville, TN. And despite one flat tire, we managed to make it to all the gigs on time!

After our mini tour to North Carolina, we started getting ready for our first international venture, a two-week quartet tour of the UK in December that took us from London all the way up to Edinburgh, Scotland and many stops in between. We got to perform for so many attentive listening audiences, who were frequently more knowledgeable about American roots music than we are. We drank many pints of real ales, ate black pudding (aka blood sausage), survived driving through hundreds of roundabouts on the left side of the road and made some great new friends and fans along the way.Here are some photos from the tour:

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We will continue to roam in 2016 more updates shortly!

If you want to help out The Roamin’ Jasmine fund our next album, international tour, or just want to give us a tip you can always donate to our Digital Tip Jar right here:


Tips are always much appreciated!!!