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The Soul Stirrers, Joy In My Soul: The Complete Recordings (Kent)

Here’s a welcome, renewed acquaintance with two old friends and a chance meet some new ones, as this double-CD reissues the original Soul Stirrers vinyl SAR albums and includes some […]

James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox, In Person: Guitar Heroes Making History (Stony Plain)

Like many contemporary blues/roots labels, Stony Plain’s catalog is littered with several all-star collections which pair two or more solo artists on one CD. Most aren’t bad, and they have […]

Johnny Adams, I Won’t Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964 (Ace)

Johnny Adams has long considered by many the best vocalist to ever come out of the Crescent City. Dubbed “The Tan Canary,” he possessed a voice that could span several […]

Obituary: Harold Battiste

Harold Battiste, Jr., saxophonist, arranger, producer, label owner, educator and author, died June 19 after a lengthy illness. He was 83. “Bat” was key in the success of Sam Cooke, […]

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 […]