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Rewind: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Gitane Cajun (Vanguard Records)

Michael Doucet hits REWIND to talk about one of his favorite records, 2004’s Gitane Cajun, its three co-producers, Doucet, brother David Doucet and pianist David Egan, and their eclectic song […]

Lisa Trahan et l’Esprit Cadien, If Those Shoes Could Talk (Independent)

Though Lisa Trahan was practically incubated in Cajun music and a Magnolia Sister since 1996, only now does she step out with her own ensemble and a debut CD. And […]

Choupique, Pass a Good Time (Independent)

Some Cajun artists will stay true to a particular era while cutting a record—but not so with Choupique. The Baton Rouge aggregation prefers to live in the moment and not […]

Long Sidewalks, Staffa (Breakfast4Dinner Records)

Long Sidewalks continues the collaborations between trombonists Jeb Bishop (of Chicago and North Carolina) and Jeff Albert (New Orleans). After Katrina and the Federal Flood, Albert recorded in Chicago with […]

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Raw! (Independent)

Funny that Rosie Ledet’s 10th studio album would be titled Raw! when that’s been an apt description of her music all along. But truth be told, this one’s rawer than […]

Peter Novelli, St. Amant Sessions (Chalet Music)

Peter Novelli’s third album kicks off with a bang with guest Sonny Landreth’s signature slide guitar on “Louisiana Sunrise.” It’s a riveting road song with Novelli driving all night to […]

GG Shinn, One Last Kiss (Sound of New Orleans)

In short, GG Shinn is the stuff legends are made of. He rose to prominence as a Boogie King with a four-octave range and one of the most gripping voices […]

Opelousas’ Zydeco Exhibit

When it comes to zydeco, Opelousas has always had it going on. The “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier and his rubboard-scrapping brother Cleveland hailed from Opelousas. Two of zydeco’s oldest […]

Ruben Moreno, Compliqué (Independent)

As the cognate implies, compliqué means complicated, a totally fitting description of the artist still known as Ruben Moreno. The rising zydeco star is of both Latin and Creole heritage—Leroy […]

Obituary: Milton Vanicor

ajun music lost its iron horse rock star, 96-year-old Milton Vanicor, who died peacefully at home in Welsh, Louisiana, on Friday June 5, 2015, of congestive heart failure. He leaves […]