Mashed Potato Records is a New Orleans-based label run by Du Thompson and Sam Doores (The Deslondes, Hurray for the Riff Raff ), and Mashed Potato Records Vol. 1 is the first volume of their impressive two-part label debut. Recorded on reel-to-reel in various improvised locations throughout the city, it captures the unique feel and energy of a tight-knit community of musicians and songwriters. A distinctive feature of all 12 tracks is a strong influence from American roots music, ranging from gospel to honky tonk; The Lostines’ “Playing the Fool” is a jubilant ‘60s girl-group throwback, while their song “No Mama Blues” (co-written by Riley Downing) has the mournful storytelling of a classic American folk ballad. Jonathan Henley’s “Look at the Moon” is evocative ‘70s- era Michael Hurley, and Twain and the Deslondes open the compilation with an explosive rendition of “Run Wild”, Jimmy Jay’s rare 1959 country gem.