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Various Artists, Boppin’ by the Bayou: Made in the Shade (Ace)

The ninth, 28 track release in the “By the Bayou” series, Ace has once again assembled an impressive showcase of early Gulf Coast music. The majority of the rockin’ and […]

Billy Boy Arnold, The Blues Soul of (Stony Plain)

The number of Chicago blues artists that were active in the ’50s, and that are still out there today, can be counted on one hand. Besides Billy Boy, off the […]

Rory Block, Hard Luck Blues: A tribute to Skip James (Stony Plain)

Someone please explain to me why, after all these years, Rory Block has never played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival? Nobody recreates the traditional Mississippi Delta Blues better […]

BackTalk: Maria Muldaur

Although she’s probably best known for the massive 1974 pop hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria Muldaur is also a highly prolific and versatile recording artist. Over a career that […]

Various Artists, Cracking the Cosimo Code: ’60s New Orleans R&B and Soul (Ace)

Not the first CD inspired by a website, but Cracking the Cosimo Code is certainly the first one inspired by a website devoted to researching New Orleans R&B. (For more […]

Rod Bernard & Clifton Chenier, Boogie in Black & White (Jin)

A reissue of a 1976 album, this is an unlikely collaboration between two legends of South Louisiana music. At the time, Rod Bernard’s swamp pop hit records (“This Should Go […]

Obituary: Cosimo Matassa

Cosimo Matassa, the renowned recording engineer who from the late 1940s to the early 1970s engineered virtually every significant recording in New Orleans, died on September 11, 2014. He was […]

Various Artists, You Talk Too Much: The Ric & Ron Story, Vol. I (Ace)

With a formidable roster that included Professor Longhair, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, Chris Kenner, Robert Parker, Tommy Ridgley, Al Johnson and Eddie Bo, among others, the Ric and Ron labels […]

Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson, For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (Severn)

Mud Morganfield is the now-middle-age son of late blues icon Muddy Waters. Former turban-styling frontman of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson is considered one of premier blues-harmonica players on the […]

Johnny J, Buster Brotherland (Tall Tale)

The first thing that will strike you when you pick this CD up is that the cover photo of our man appears to have been taken during Reagan’s first White […]