Offbeat Cover for January, 2008

January 2008 Contents

Cover Story

Lifetime Achievement Award in Music: Wardell Quezergue


Best of the Beat Heartbeat Award: Cynthia Simien

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Roy Shaw

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Wilbert Rawlins, Jr.

Best of the Beat Nominations: Simply the Best

Top 50 CDs of 2007


Cyril Neville

OffBeat Eats

Dining Out: Pupuseria Divino Corazon

Rest of the Story


A Grammy First

Another Kind of Hybrid

For the Love of Thorny

Good Homes for Guitars

Party for Two

The Whole Drum Truth

Two Nights of Stomp

V is for Victory


Obituary: Ernest “Doc” Paulin

Obituary: Joseph Adam “Zydeco Joe” Mouton


Amanda Shaw, Pretty Runs Out (Rounder)

Benjy Davis Project, Dust (Real/Bogalusa)

Betty Harris, Intuition (Evidence)

Blues Traveler, Cover Yourself (C3)

Chef Menteur, The Answer’s in Forgetting (Backporch Revolution)

Country Fried, Saint of New Orleans (Independent)

Cowboy Mouth, The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth (Valley DVD)

Damon Troy, Resurfaced (MTE)

Dennis McGee & Sady Courville, Recordings from the Collection of Jack Bond (

Dewey Balfa with Friends and Family, Recordings from the Collection of Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (

Eric Lindell, Low on Cash, Rich in Love (Alligator)

Gov’t Mule, Mighty High (ATO)

Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Brothers, Archives Vol. One: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 (Amoeba)

Harry Shearer, Songs Pointed & Pointless (Courgette)

Herbie Hancock, The Joni Letters (Verve)

Ike & Tina Turner, The Ike & Tina Turner Story 1960-1975 (Time Life)

Jimmie Leslie, Surfin’ the Swamp (Concurrent)

Joe Hall, Good Times Good Music (Independent)

Kelcy Mae, The Times Compiled (Independent)

Levon Helm, Dirt Farmer (Vanguard)

Marco Benevento, Live at Tonic (Ropeadope)

Nat King Cole, Cole Espanol/More Cole Espanol (EMI/Collector’s Club)

Os Mutantes, Live at the Barbican Theater 2006 (Luaka Bop)

The “5″ Royales, Catch That Teardrop (Ace)

The Happy Talk Band, THERE There (Independent)

The Magnetic Ear, Live at the Saturn Bar (Independent)

Van Hunt, Popular (EMI)

Various Artists, Fulton Street Live (Harrah’s)

Various Artists, Stax Does the Beatles (Stax)

Various Artists, Stax Sings Motown (Stax)

Various Artists, Swamp Gold Country, Volume 2 (Jin Records)


Robert Matheu and Brian J. Bowe, Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine (Collins)

Mojo Mouth

What a Year


January 2008 Letters