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Maceo Parker, Roots & Grooves (Heads Up)

If you’d downloaded this double CD from your favorite illicit site, you’d probably think it was the best 64 cents (for the two blank CDs) that you ever spent. As […]

Benjy Davis Project, Dust (Real/Bogalusa)

From the sound of things, absolutely nothing in the world can get Benjy Davis rattled—not Katrina, not obsessive love, not life on the road, not the Iraq war. At least […]

Amanda Shaw, Pretty Runs Out (Rounder)

Amanda Shaw declared in the title of her last CD that she’s not a bubblegum pop princess. So what exactly is she? A roots rocker? A Cajun artist? The next […]

Mem Shannon, Live at Tipitinas (Northern Blues)

If you need proof that songwriting still matters on a blues album, just compare the respective Katrina songs on Bryan Lee and Mem Shannon’s latest. Lee’s title track amounts to […]

Bryan Lee, Katrina Was Her Name (Justin Time)

Guitar-slinger Bryan Lee is always at his best in a live setting—but unfortunately, his latest isn’t a live album (He’s already made two at his old haunt, the Old Absinthe […]

Johnny Sansone, Poor Man’s Paradise (Shortstack Records)

It may finally be time to retire Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” as the post-Katrina song that everybody plays at Jazz Fest. After all, Newman was writing about an entirely different […]

Corey Harris, Zion Crossroads (Telarc Records)

Born-again Rastas are like any other kind of born-agains; they’re inclined to go a little overboard when stating their newfound faith. That’s one possible explanation for Corey Harris’ incredibly earnest […]

the subdudes, Street Symphony (Backstreet Records)

“Poor Man’s Paradise,” one of the highlights of the subdudes’ latest, is the second New Orleans song of that title to come along in recent months; the first was the […]