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South To Louisiana—The Music of the Cajun Bayous 2nd Edition (Pelican Publishing)

A testament to the readability and subject matter of the 1983 first edition of South to Louisiana, is that I bought two copies of it—and they both got stolen from […]

In Memoriam: Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal (1944 – 2019)

Dubbed “the gentle giant of guitar” by the esteemed producer Allen Toussaint, Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal died at his Lafayette home June 10, after a lengthy illness. He was 75. […]

Jimmie Vaughan, Baby, Baby Please Come Home (The Last Records)

The gangster of the blues guitar, and one-time original member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Texan Jimmie Vaughan is back with his latest outing, and if you’re a blues fan, you […]

In Memoriam: Margaret Lewis Warwick (1940-2019)

Margaret Warwick, an acclaimed Shreveport, Louisiana singer, songwriter, producer, publisher, and trail blazing music executive, died March 29, after a brief illness. She was 79. Lewis was a former chairperson […]

Various Artists, Cover Me: The Eddie Hinton Songbook (Ace)

In reissuing the crème de la crème from Eddie Hinton’s catalog, Ace has again mined the Muscle Shoals music catalogue. A talented songwriter, producer and guitarist, the late Hinton might […]

Little Freddie King, Absolutely the Best (WadeRight Records)

Little Freddie King: Raucous Blues from the Bywater Despite posing on the Absolutely the Best cover—and on stages on the festival circuit—in clothes picked off the racks at Soul Train […]

Bookmark: Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story

The Perfect Weekend Read     If you’ve subscribed to, or even randomly leafed through, a couple of issues of Living Blues in the last few decades, undoubtedly you’ve perused […]

Bookmark: Randy Fox, Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story (BMG Books)

Although Excello Records was located in the “Record Center of the South”—Nashville—its success was largely dependent on the “Sound of the Swamp,” a sound incubated and perfected in “The Rice […]

Various Artists, Confessin’ The Blues (BMG)

This is a 42-track blues anthology of material that became early influences on a certain British rock band. While the music here is outstanding, the premise of this collection is […]

In Memoriam: Lazy Lester (1933-2018)

“They call me lazy, goodness knows I’m only tired.” Leslie Johnson, better known as Lazy Lester, the last member of the pantheon of classic Louisiana swamp blues artists, died August […]