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Brass Mimosa, “Stay Sharp” (Independent)

Originally, Lafayette’s Brass Mimosa was aiming at the blues rock market. But when Alex Camel switched to bass from guitar, allowing its bassist (now departed) to play guitar, it evolved […]

Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns, “Comin’ In Hot” (KC Entertainment)

Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns were recently voted Times of Acadiana’s Best Cajun Band for the 13th straight year, amazing considering that the band probably plays the widest variety […]

Forest Huval, “Forest Huval” (Independent)

Forest Huval’s eponymously titled debut has strong ties to Al Berard, one of his influential Cajun music mentors. All of the tunes heard here are associated with the late fiddler […]

Jeff Chaz, “This Silence is Killing Me” (JCP Records)

Something must have uncorked Jeff Chaz when he recorded Sounds Like the Blues to Me, his previous album, because this is his second recording of original material within a year. […]

The Revelers, “Play the Swamp Pop Classics, Volume 2” (Independent)

The Revelers have it figured out: Drop vinyl-only, four-song EPs (Volume 2 includes a complimentary CD containing all eight tracks from both volumes) in between full-length releases to stimulate and […]

Dennis Paul Williams: Zydeco’s Chordiologist in Residency

“I was never a zydeco guitar player,” explains Dennis Paul Williams, guitarist with Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas. “Back in the day, everybody was like, ‘You don’t sound like a […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Barry Jean Ancelet

University of Louisiana-Lafayette professor emeritus Barry Jean Ancelet talks about his involvement in two Grammy-nominated projects: Valcour Records’ I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country, and his […]

Michael Tisserand, “The Kingdom of Zydeco” (Arcade Publishing)

The Kingdom of Zydeco was reissued in paperback after being out of print for some time. Since it was the first book ever written about zydeco, the indigenous music of […]

K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys, “Morning Train” (Independent)

Though K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys honor John Delafose, Boozoo Chavis and Preston and Keith Frank here, they do so flexing a Beau Jocque muscle and a guitar-heavy sound. […]

Chris Miller, “Le boute s’approche” (Independent)

Cajun musician Chris Miller knocks it out of this park on this 18-track/8 originals affair that’s primarily rooted in the classic dancehall sounds of Aldus Roger and Joe Bonsall. Unexpectedly […]