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Obituary: B.B. King

B.B. King, the singer and guitarist who took the blues sounds of the Mississippi Delta from the juke joints to palaces and the White House, died May 14 after a […]

Cosimo Matassa on Governor Nicholls Street

Local print, television and social media were abuzz in early May with the news that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were putting their Governor Nicholls Street “mansion” on the market […]

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 […]

Obituary: Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge, a small man with a big voice and heart to match it, an artist who helped launch the Muscle Shoals Sound, died in a Baton Rouge hospice on […]

Tinsley Ellis, Tough Love (Heartfixer)

Despite a front cover that depicts a surly looking guitarist, this is actually a pretty jaunty release. For an album by a veteran Atlanta blues player once known for his […]

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Fatman’s Shine Parlor (Blind Pig)

I guess you’d refer to the music on this disc as “roadhouse blues.” King and Kubek are a couple of Texas guitar slingers that have been dishing out this style […]

Obituary: Irvin Smith

Irvin Smith, who played a prominent role in the New Orleans music business for nearly five decades, died January 29 after a lengthy illness. He was 92. Smith owned or […]

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 […]