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My Music: Chris Stafford of Feufollet

“I started with piano when I was super young. My mom realized I was interested in music so she put me in piano lessons. My teacher got frustrated with me because […]

Gal Holiday, “Lost & Found” (HTRP Music)

There’s a slight rebranding here, with the artist formerly known as Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue now simply billed as Gal Holiday. It’s an artistic shift, and other […]

Leftover Salmon, “Something Higher” (LoS Records)

Once the galaxy’s purveyor of “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass,” the Colorado-based Leftover Salmon has evolved light years beyond its 1989 bluegrass-rooted inception to become one of the most spirited, jovial bands […]

Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Live at El Sid O’s

  Hot on the heels of Lil’ Nathan’s late-2017 Unpaused release comes this CD/DVD recorded live at his uncle Sid Williams’ zydeco club. Comparatively speaking, these two releases are as […]

Dr. C & The Gris Gris, Hexes With Axes (Doctor C Music)

  Never try to outguess a band’s music solely based on its name. Dr. C & the Gris Gris isn’t the latest, emerging New Orleans–styled party funk bunch but rather […]

Keith Stone with Red Gravy, Blues with a Taste of New Orleans (Album Review)

  You can’t argue that New Orleans is world famous for its tantalizing cuisine, but as Keith Stone points out with his band moniker Red Gravy, there’s Italian–Creole cooking predicated […]

GETTING HIS DUE: The Legacy of Caesar Vincent

Caesar Vincent, the honoree of this year’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, will likely have Cajun music pundits scratching their heads. Caesar who? And for good reason—the enigmatic Vincent (1882–1970) was […]

Sean Ardoin, Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

As Sean Ardoin points out, zydeco has evolved so much that it’s sometimes challenging to recognize it in its myriad forms. So, to distinguish his new breed of music from […]

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Black Pot (Swampadelic Records)

Despite its perplexing black skillet cover, Black Pot is Chubby Carrier’s most unusual and selfless release of his extensive discography. Admittedly, he didn’t have enough material to head back into […]

Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames, This All I Know (Independent)

On his fifth CD, Leon Chavis achieves an artistic milestone with 11 originals reflecting deeper personal feelings and more openly honest songwriting. Several originals unveil his new lease on life: […]