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Professor K-Doe: Excerpt from Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel

  Ben Sandmel’s book, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans, is due out this month, published by the Historic New Orleans Collection. In this excerpt, Sandmel examines K-Doe’s […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Barry Ancelet

Barry Ancelet is a worthy recipient indeed for a Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education. For the past three decades, Ancelet has stood tall as a leading figure in the […]


A new collaboration by photographer Rick Olivier and journalist/musician Ben Sandmel, Published by the University Press of Mississippi covers the musical phenomenon of zydeco. From Creole folk roots to the […]

Rounder Records: Louisiana Sounds

Amidst the cavalcade of corporate clones that typify the record business, Rounder Records has carved a distinctive niche as a unique, diverse and successful independent outfit. Rounder’s rich catalog includes […]

The World Comes to Cajun Country

Imagine a mostly-free festival where you can hear master drummers from the African nation of Burundi, watch medieval Belgian stilt-dancers, listen to voodoo-influenced music from Haiti, dance to Caribbean zouk […]

Mardi Gras Music

Mardi Gras, to say the least, presents a wild flood of sensory input. The varied sources of stimuli include garish floats, exotic and erotic costumes, over-indulgence of all sorts, rituals […]