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Amy Trail, Amy Trail (Independent)

On this, her debut CD, Amy Trail plays keyboards and handles all the vocal chores. Unfortunately, the best thing one can say about the playing and singing is that they […]

Monty Russell, The Fool (Independent)

Decked out in baggy pants, drab black jacket and Buddy Holly glasses, Monty Russell looks every bit the antithesis of the slick, polished, Nashville-groomed country star. Perhaps that’s a reflection […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Maple Leaf

It was Saturday night and Frenchmen Street was still dark and quiet. Bourbon Street was lit up and the bands in the few clubs that were open were playing to […]

Mari Watanabe, Old Friends (Independent)

Mari Watanabe is a Japanese transplant celebrating her twentieth year in New Orleans. In that time she seems to have caught onto the roots of New Orleans music quite nicely. […]

The Ronnie Kole Show, Live in Concert at St. Scholastica Academy (Independent)

On this two-record set, recorded live at his granddaughter’s school, Kole is both teacher and guide on a musical journey through jazz history. When he plays “Send in the Clowns,” […]

Bruce Pierre, Just to Love You (Bedzin Productions)

Appearance-wise, Bruce Pierre could possibly pass for one of the Neville Brothers. He has performed with them on occasions, which further solidifies the connection. And his sweet, controlled falsetto voice—though […]

Paul Soniat

As the title and the title track would indicate, this CD is a paean to the artist’s hometown. With such additional locally flavored titles as “Down in the Quarter,” “Queen […]

Todd Adams, Can’t Stop the Rain (Independent)

Houma native Todd Adams demonstrates his skills on piano with a five-piece band and three backing vocalists. The tracks are a mix of house rockers, romantic love songs, funky up-tempo […]

Shades of Praise, God Is Still Doing Great Things (Independent)

Shades of Praise is a 70-voice interracial choir founded about five years ago by Philip Manuel and Michael Cowan and is directed by Al Bemiss, longtime keyboardist for Clarence “Frogman” […]