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Frederick “Shep” Sheppard, Habari Gani (Independent)

When Frederick “Shep” Sheppard died in Phoenix in January of 2008, a small piece of the impressive legacy he left behind was the basic tracks for Habari Gani, which he’d […]

Quintron’s Exile in City Park

The history of recorded music is littered with albums whose recording sites are central to their sound and lore: from the Rolling Stones making Exile on Main Street in the […]

Fredy Omar, Bailando (Mambito Records)

Those who have gotten used to live performances where Fredy Omar con su Banda takes the audience through an extensive catalog of relatively well-known Latin dance hits over a wide […]

Joe Krown, Russell Batiste, Jr., and Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Triple Threat (Independent)

In a city where Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Russell Batiste, Jr. play so many nights for tips, drinks, and nominal cover charges, it can be easy to take […]

By & By String Band, Little Darling Pal of Mine: Songs of the Carter Family, (Independent)

The first song on Little Darling Pal of Mine is “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” and with it the band announces its intention to turn the listener’s clock back past 1960,when […]

The Professors of Pleasure, Volume Two (Independent)

The Professors of Pleasure, John Doheny’s Tulane University faculty jazz band, use their second CD, Volume Two, to put on a clinic in modern jazz performance and composition. In less […]

Flow Tribe, Now Ya Know: Live at Tipitina’s (Independent)

Perhaps the dominant trend in recent New Orleans party-rock music has been to lean heavily on wah-wah guitars and drum kits. Flow Tribe is an interesting case in point, as […]

Amanda Shaw, Good Southern Girl (Poorman Mayfield Records)

Updated: Amanda Shaw’s third solo album proclaims, with its title, that it’s about the performer’s identity. That’s just as true of her debut, 2004’s I’m Not a Bubble Gum Pop […]

AM, Future Sons and Daughters (Filter US Records)

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist AM was raised in Mandeville and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans. AM himself is usually careful to mention his Crescent City soul influences, […]

Dax Riggs, Say Goodnight to the World (Fat Possum Records)

Dax Riggs’ cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” on Say Goodnight to the World clocks in at almost four and a half minutes; Elvis Presley’s 1956 version takes just over two. Riggs […]