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In Memoriam: Andrew Cormier (1936 – 2019)

During his 60 years on stage, Cajun music legend Jo-El Sonnier enjoyed rare crossover success, with two top ten country hits, and performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Sonnier’s career […]

In Memoriam: Dave Bartholomew (1918 – 2019)

Described as a pioneer, an innovator, a genius, and a slave driver in the recording studio, Dave Bartholomew died at a suburban hospital June 23, 2019. He was 100. Forever […]

In Memoriam: Nolton Semien (1939-2019)

Joe Hall is a happy anomaly. In zydeco’s homeland of southwest Louisiana, Hall swims in a sea of zydeco players who mix their sounds with R&B, rap, and other mainstream […]

In Memoriam: Spencer Bohren (1950 – 2019)

You had to be there. Spencer Bohren’s extensive catalog of recordings present him in all his strengths as a singer-songwriter, a guitarist who knew how to frame a song and […]

In Memoriam: Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal (1944 – 2019)

Dubbed “the gentle giant of guitar” by the esteemed producer Allen Toussaint, Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal died at his Lafayette home June 10, after a lengthy illness. He was 75. […]

In Memoriam: Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. a.k.a. Dr. John (1941 –2019)

His family released the following statement: “Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., professionally known as Dr. John, passed away of […]

In Memoriam: Paul Marx (1947-2019)

In 2005, a new band called Travis Matte and the Zydeco Kingpins was having to turn down gigs. The band’s mix of zydeco, rock and pop on suggestive hip shakers, […]

In Memoriam: Cecil George Palmer (1945 – 2019)

Cecil Palmer was more than a fine chef; he was embraced as a much-loved member of New Orleans’s music and festival community. Born in Race Course, Jamaica, he brought the […]

In Memoriam: Wesley Schmidt (1951 – 2019)

Wesley Schmidt played many diverse roles in his hometown of New Orleans. As the owner of the Frenchmen Street jazz mecca Snug Harbor, he worked quietly during the day in […]

In Memoriam: Margaret Lewis Warwick (1940-2019)

Margaret Warwick, an acclaimed Shreveport, Louisiana singer, songwriter, producer, publisher, and trail blazing music executive, died March 29, after a brief illness. She was 79. Lewis was a former chairperson […]