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REWIND: Various Artists, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” (Mardi Gras Records)

Warren Hildebrand hits rewind on the compilation Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which introduced New Orleans Mardi Gras music to the world. “This Mardi Gras is more-or-less the 40th anniversary […]

Gene & Eddie, “True Enough: Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe At Ru-Jac” (Omnivore)

During the ’60s—the golden age of soul music—there was a plethora of male duos that lit up the R&B charts. Sam & Dave (who worked just as hard as James […]

John Boudreaux Jr. (1936-2017)

John Boudreaux Jr., the drummer who perhaps embodied the sound of New Orleans most      perfectly, and who played on many of the most successful early ’60s New Orleans records, died […]

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, “Seeing Is Believing” (Severn)

Sugar Ray Norcia has been a fixture on the New England blues scene since the ’70s. This, his seventh album for Severn, measures up well to the previous half-dozen as […]

Herb Hardesty, 1925-2016

Herb Hardesty, one of the architects of the Fats Domino sound and a cornerstone of Domino’s fabulous band for nearly six decades, died December 3 at his Las Vegas home. […]

Mighty Sam McClain, Time and Change: Last Recordings (City Hall)

As the title indicates, former New Orleans resident “Mighty” Sam McClain is sadly no longer with us. He was a vocalist with an impressive deep soul pedigree, via tough 1960s […]

Joe Clay, 1938-2016

One of the pioneers of rockabilly, Gretna’s Joe Clay, died September 26 after losing a battle with cancer. He was 78. Clay, whose given name was Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, recorded […]

Various Artists, Alligator Records—45th Anniversary Collection (Alligator Records)

I’m showing my age here, but as a tenth grader, I hitchhiked to Toronto and bought the very first Alligator LP by Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers at the […]

Various Artists, Stony Plain—40 Years (Stony Plain Records)

Not to be outdone by Alligator’s recent double CD 45th anniversary collection, along comes a three CD set celebrating Stony Plain Records’ fourth decade. Named after a suburb of Edmonton, […]

The Bo­-Keys, Heartaches by the Number (Omnivore)

Most interesting release: You’d have to call this country/soul, performed in the noble tradition of the great Arthur Alexander, Joe Simon, Candi Staton, Jimmy Hughes and several swamp pop artists. […]