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Bonnie Raitt talks back

Bonnie Raitt scooped up her tenth overall career Grammy award, for best Americana album, with 2012’s Slipstream, her first studio release since 2005. Celebrated by critics as one of the […]

Buffy Sainte-Marie

THURSDAY, APRIL 28—SHERATON NEW ORLEANS FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 4:25 P.M.   The inimitable Buffy Sainte-Marie released her debut album in 1964; the title, It’s My Way! was an early clue […]

Fest Focus: The Suffers

THURSDAY, APRIL 28—CONGO SQUARE STAGE, 4:10 P.M.   The Suffers, a formidable ten-piece soul gang from Houston, Texas, are having a hell of a year. Their self-titled February full-length debut […]

Fest Focus: Helen Gillet

THURSDAY, APRIL 28—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 3:05 P.M.   Equally at home playing traditional, plaintive French chansons and musettes as she is manipulating tape loops and embarking on wild improvisations, the cellist […]

Celebrating Alice: Discovering Arlo Guthrie

ARLO GUTHRIE: SUNDAY, MAY 1—BLUES TENT, 5:25 P.M.   Once folk music’s goofy, witty young gun, somewhere along the line the inveterate hippie Arlo Guthrie became an elder statesman. “Alice’s […]

Feel Right: Mystikal’s fresh chapter at Buku

In June of 1995, Mystikal, whose self-titled debut for New Orleans’ Big Boy Records label was creeping its way up Billboard’s hip-hop and R&B albums chart (its re-release as Mind […]

Obituary: Allen Toussaint

(1938–2015) Allen Toussaint, the widely influential New Orleans composer, arranger, producer and pianist, died at age 77 in the early hours of Tuesday, November 10, 2015. He had suffered a […]

Chatham County Line, Route 23 (Yep Roc Records)

Alt.country, or whatever you might like to call it, is a muddy row to hoe, with all manner of hard-to-document hybridization going on: witness the Gourds’ recent bluegrass cover of […]

Various Artists, Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough (Fat Possum)

Blues guitarist David “Junior” Kimbrough might have been a late bloomer as a recording artist (he released his first album, produced by blues historian Robert Palmer, at the age of […]