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Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls, Soul Brothers (Catfood)

Graduates of the old school of deep Southern soul, the team of Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls would seem like a double-barrel R&B threat. Maybe the next time around, but […]

Eddy Giles, Southern Soul Brother: The Murco Recordings, 1967-1969 (Kent)

Eddy Giles was a Shreveport-based, gospel-influenced blues/soul artist who waxed a small clutch of inventive and catchy singles in the late ’60s. A guitarist who primarily chorded his instrument, he […]

Various Artists, Hard to Explain: More Shattered Dreams, Funky Blues 1968-1984 (BGP)

Most baby boomers attracted to the blues initially were introduced to the genre via albums containing vintage recordings of artists like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee […]

Various Artists, Ain’t It the Truth!: The Ric & Ron Story, Vol. 2 (Ace Records)

On the heels of You Talk Too Much: The Ric & Ron Story, Vol. 1, follows the similarly entertaining release of Ain’t It The Truth: The Ric & Ron Story […]

Swamp Dogg, The White Man Made Me Do It: Best of Swamp Dogg’s Soul & Blues Collection (Alive)

As the title of this one indicates, Swamp Dogg (a.k.a. Jerry Williams) isn’t—and never was—afraid of writing material that’s politically and racially motivated—but usually with a cheeky and humorous twist. […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Gary Edwards

  It’s somewhat appropriate that this year Gary Edwards is the recipient of OffBeat’s Lifetime Achievement Award, annually given to a member of the New Orleans music-business community, since he […]

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 […]