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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 […]

Louisiana Soul Revival, “Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey” (Independent)

It’s hard to imagine what keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Doug Duffey hasn’t done in his six decades in the music biz. He was active in New Orleans’ music scene during four different decades […]

Steve Giarratano, “Steve Giarratano and Friends” (Sound of New Orleans)

Originally recorded in 1995, reedman Steve Giarratano opted not to release this jazz recording with guitarist Bill Huntington, bassist Jim Markway and drummer Johnny Vidacovich. He did, however, hold onto […]

Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, “Live at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles” (FAC)

Considered a musician’s musician, the venerable Walter Mouton is the stuff legends are made of. For the past 65 years, he has led the Scott Playboys, and he has played […]

Sean Ardoin + Zydekool, “Live at the Chicken Run!” (Independent)

In the past few years, Sean Ardoin has noticed that zydeco recordings, admittedly his included (Return of the Kool), have been so clean and impeccably done that some of the […]

Isaiah B Brunt, A Moment in Time (Independent)

Sometimes you gotta follow your muse, even if it means trekking around the globe and jumping across hemispheres. Growing up with the household sounds of Satchmo, Australian bluesman Isaiah Brunt […]

Courtney Granger, Beneath Still Waters (Valcour Records)

Courtney Granger has always had one of the purest voices in Cajun music, making him a sought out vocalist and fiddler known for his role with Balfa Toujours, the Pine […]

Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, In Due Time (Back Porch Entertainment)

Rusty Metoyer started playing accordion at age 14 to fill a musical void at family parties after his grandfather’s passing. Nearly a decade later, Metoyer has become one of the […]

Doublewide, Doublewide (Carhouse Records)

The old adage “too rock for country and too country for rock” used to be the death knell for any band straddling the sanctified lines of these genres. Lafayette’s Doublewide […]