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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Voyageurs (Independent)

“Voyageurs” mean travelers, something which Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys has done on many levels over the course of 14 albums and 27 years in existence. Accordingly, several songs […]

Gina Forsyth, The Fiddle EP (Blue Dot Music)

As a musical artist, Gina Forsyth isn’t an easy one to pin down. She’s been riding shotgun in Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun band for decades but she’s also a member of […]

Ruben Moreno Pushes Zydeco Forward

When rising zydeco star Ruben Moreno opens the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival on the morning of Sunday, June 7, it will become evident how zydeco continues to advance its cultural horizons […]

Valcour Records Releases Lomax Recordings Box Set

A decade ago, a trio of like-minded 20-somethings pooled their distinct yet complimentary talents to form a record label. Even in the midst of the declining record industry, the Valcour […]

Lane Mack, Lane Mack (Independent)

Stepping out of the shadows of South Louisiana roots rockers Sons of Voodoo, guitarist Lane Mack’s seven-tune, eponymously titled EP is one helluva joy ride. From the opening barrage of […]

Various Artists, This Ain’t No Mouse Music! (Arhoolie Records)

This Ain’t No Mouse Music! is a 38-track, double disc companion to the documentary of the same name honoring Arhoolie’s Chris Strachwitz, who has released recordings of authentic roots music […]

The Revelers, Get Ready (Independent)

The Revelers’ second full-length effort and first all original affair should dispel any remaining association with its previous incarnation the Red Stick Ramblers. With its swamp pop focus and Cajun-zydeco […]

Royal Southern Brotherhood, Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions (Ruf Records)

Though Don’t Look Back refers to the banjo-propelled, reggae-tinged title track, it could also be Royal Southern Brotherhood’s philosophy these days with the departure of blistering guitarists Mike Zito and […]

Ray Abshire Picks Up the Cajun Music Torch

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Ray Abshire says modestly. “I’ve been able to swim the same river twice.” The river that the Cajun accordionist refers to is his five-decade music career, […]

Al Berard, Incredible Journey (Independent)

Just days before Al Berard died unexpectedly in February 2014, he announced to his family that his decades-in-the-making guitar album was finally ready. Though originally envisioned as a one-disc, 15-track […]