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Newletter 12-30-07

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Happy New Year!
   While it's true that not everyone on the planet clebrates or even recognizes January 1st as the start of a new year, it's a pretty safe bet that nearly everyone reading this is willing to go along with that. So, at the risk of being marginally politically incorrect (Heaven forbid!), I say again ... HAPPY NEW YEAR!
   That goes for all our North American fans, as well as those reading around the world --- Japan, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, YOUR country (fill in the blank :-)
   2007 was a standout year for us here at Orleans Central and we are looking forward to an even bigger 2008 ... a robust touring schedule (including our first ever trip to mainland Europe), the re-release of more of our historical catalog as digital downloads PLUS a few surpirises for YOU ... and hopefully for oursleves as well.
   As always, you can stay informed of all things Orleans by visiting
the website.
   Here's wishing all the best for you and yours, too, in the coming year and beyond!

Your Holiday Audio/Video Gifts!
   As promised, as a Thank You for taking the initiative to click yourself on to the new mailing list, we have assembled the best reward we could possibly muster. So BIG, it took TWO webpages to deliver it to you.
   The first part is the OLD --- a collection of FOUR historically significant recordings, revived from the decaying reel-to-reel tapes that originally captured these performances and lovingly digitally remastered. To see the pictures, read the stories that go with them and download as mp3s, visit
The Birth and Re-birth of Orleans
   The second part in the NEW --- a ten-segment Video Interview that Larry and Lance recently particpated in for Living Legends Music. The topics run the gamut from what it was like to grow up in the Hoppen household to our plans for the future. To watch at your leisure, please visit The LLM Interview Series
   OK. That ought to keep you busy until next time! Enjoy!
   Best wishes for wherever your path may lead you,
   Lance Hoppen
      (on behalf of the entire Orleans Ground Crew)
About the New Look
Welcome to the first issue of the Orelans Newsletter from our new service provider, Aweber. Thanks for being one of the smart ones ... or maybe just the truly interested ones ... who resubscribed and verified your desire to receive these transmissions. We appreciate that interest.
   As such, we will do our best to reward you by keeping these epistles informative, lively and, above all else, FUN!
   Sure, we'll have some stuff to hawk from time to time (and you can buy or not, as you wish) but, for the most part, the purpose of these newsletters is to keep you abreast of our travels and evolution; to spin stories and lend insights into what makes Orleans tick.
   By design, you won't see a lot of pictures here and there won't be a lot to read on this page. You WILL be given some overviews and links to the web pages where the full stories will unfold for you in living color.
   Thanks again for hangin' in there. We hope you enjoy reading at least half as much as we enjoy writing to you!