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Smoky Greenwell, “Blues and the Power of Peace” (Greenwell Records)

Smoky Greenwell was on his way to a yoga retreat in Tennessee when he visited longtime buddy Johnny Neel, producer of his first five albums, in Nashville. Greenwell, of course, […]

Keith Frank Presents the Soulwood All-Stars Vol. 3, “Legends of the South” (Soulwood Records)

Zydeco boss Keith Frank didn’t record much for a few years, admittedly hitting an artistic drought. But then the floodgates bust open with 2017’s One Night at Cowboy’s and 2018’s […]

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson, “Blues in My Blood” (Nola Blue Records)

Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson are literally long lost cousins who connected later in life. Since both already had their mainstay gigs–Johanson entrenched in blues, and Pollack a jazz singer–they […]

Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Aye Cher Catin (Fruge Records)

Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters’ Aye Cher Catin is the group’s third official offering on the Michigan-based Fruge Records that is coincidentally helmed by Cane Cutters’ guitarist Mark Palms. […]

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, 30 Years Live! (Valcour Records)

The Rolling Stones band is famous for its freakish longevity, but groups like Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys playing an indigenous, cultural music (read: Cajun) for half that time […]

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Gnomes and Badgers (Seven Spheres Records)

The comical cover illustration of the grouchy gnome and the feisty badger pointing fingers at each other is practically an uncaptioned political cartoon. Left to interpretation, it could symbolize the […]

Singing in Unison: The Daiquiri Queens twist Cajun music into its own special concoction

Celebrated author and noted daiquiri connoisseur Ernest Hemingway might have looked back once or twice during his lifetime, but so far Lafayette’s traditional-minded Cajun hipsters the Daiquiri Queens have not. […]

MY MUSIC with Dikki Du a.k.a. Troy Carrier

“I was nine years old when I first started playing zydeco. My uncle John used to play the washboard for my father [Roy Carrier], and he didn’t make it one […]

Josh Hyde, Into the Soul (Independent)

After releasing his critically acclaimed Call of the Night effort in 2017, Alexandria guitarist-songwriter Josh Hyde knew it would be only a matter time before he worked with Nashville producer […]

Harrison Fontenot, The Harrison Fontenot Cajun Collection (Swallow Records)

The name Harrison Fontenot may not be a regular topic of conversation among Cajun music fans beyond Acadiana, but nonetheless this 26-track posthumous collection will likely bring more notoriety to […]