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Proudly Eclectic, Shamarr Allen True Orleans (P.O.M.E.)

Shamarr Allen has always been proudly eclectic: He used the title Box Who In? for his second CD 10 years ago, and he’s lately a sometime member of both the […]

Little Queenie, Purple Heart (Deeva)

There are plenty of reasons why Leigh (Little Queenie) Harris is beloved in New Orleans, but here’s why she’s beloved by me: Back in 1999, I happened into Levon Helm’s […]

The Revivalists Take Good Care (Loma Vista)

To get the obvious question out of the way: Does the Revivalists’ fourth album have another “Wish I Knew You” on it? And the answer is, sure: The two advance […]

Oh Crap! Debbie Davis’ Christmas

Christmas music has a special place in the heart of Debbie Davis, and she’s now got one of the city’s holiday music traditions to her name. For the fourth year […]

Ever More Nest, “The Place That You Call Home” (Parish Road Music)

With this album, local songwriter Kelcy Mae Wilburn fully embraces the Nashville sound—which is to say the “other” Nashville sound, not slick pop country but fully produced, acoustic-based Americana. It’s […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Allen Toussaint

If Allen Toussaint had only done a couple of things—say, producing the Meters and writing “On Your Way Down”—he’d still make any list of New Orleans’ music immortals. As it […]

Forever Young: Irma Thomas’ Satchmo SummerFest debut

There comes a time in every Irma Thomas show when she calls for the audience to shout out requests. For some fans that becomes a chance to make sure all […]

Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Pure as Gold (Independent)

This is Malone and the Tangle’s third release in two years, and the sound and confidence of the band continue to evolve. In the past they’ve honored the band’s name […]

Cha Wa, Spyboy (UPT)

The easy hook on Cha Wa is that they’re a fusion of Mardi Gras Indian and brass band music. That’s true enough, but the music on their second CD is […]

Woodenhead Plans New Recording

For the majority of rock bands, the prospect of recording an album’s worth of new material at a live show would be a bit terrifying. For the instrumental prog-fusion band […]