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Tower of Power’s Emilio Castillo talks back with DJ Soul Sister

In a music industry so fickle that some groups don’t make it 50 days after releasing a recording, the mighty Tower of Power will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. […]

Samantha Fish talks back

New Orleans has long been a magnet for musicians and other artists working in many disciplines. Samantha Fish, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who’s released five albums via Germany’s blues-centric […]

The Bacon Brothers [Kevin and Michael Bacon] talk back

Actor Kevin Bacon and his film-scoring brother, Michael, formed the Bacon Brothers band in 1995. Despite their busy separate careers, they keep their Americana, rock, country, singer-songwriter band going. The […]

Tank and the Bangas

Over 6,000 acts entered NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, but when the 10 judges convened for a vote they landed on a unanimous winner: New Orleans’ own Tank and the […]

Herb Alpert talks back

Herb Alpert, the trumpet-playing leader of the Tijuana Brass and co-founder of the enormously successful A&M Records, makes his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival debut on May 4. In […]

Backtalk: Alynda Lee Segarra (of Hurray for the Riff Raff)

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new studio record, The Navigator, is a narrative concept album telling the story of a character, Navita, who resembles Alynda. Navita Milagros Negrón grows up […]

Ann Wilson talks back

In the 1970s, hard rock music was a boys’ club. Girls weren’t supposed to rock. But Ann and Nancy Wilson, two talented, determined sisters from Seattle, smashed the stereotype. The […]

Brian Blade talks back

“Sometimes I think New Orleans might as well be Paris,” says Brian Blade, 46, a Shreveport native who moved back to his hometown some three and a half years ago. […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award: Detroit Brooks

When Detroit Brooks walks through a door—of a church, a club, a coffeehouse—he’s greeted with smiles, hugs, handshakes and kisses. Though the New Orleans native is renowned as a fine […]

Jim James talks back

“You can talk about it all you want, but what you gonna do? Time’s your oyster, the grave is always getting closer,” sings Jim James on “We Ain’t Getting Any […]