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Todd Mouton, Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press)

Here’s the latest addition to the Louisiana music book collection. Mouton, a Lafayette native, has assembled a dozen biographies of South Louisiana individual musicians or bands. The 300-page book in […]

Winfield Parker, Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac (Omnivore)

Winfield Parker was a Washington/Baltimore–based soul singer who—hauntingly—had a sound both vocally and stylistically similar to Danny White. (Fast forward: White was a native of Washington who moved to New […]

Various Artists, Beef Ball Baby! The New Orleans R&B Sessions (Ace)

If New Orleans R&B could be compared to the Holy Bible, this CD would be considered the Book of Genesis—as in, “In the beginning, God created rhythm and blues.” Dating […]

Various Artists, Rare Soul Groove & Grind 1963–1973 (Rock Beat)

This sure was the year for R&B CD box sets. However, despite the Rare Soul moniker here, the quality of rarity doesn’t always translate to it being very good. While […]

Peter Guralnick, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll (Little, Brown)

A Tumultuous and Eccentric Life   While this is a through and mostly enjoyable biography, some folks—especially in these parts—might take exception to the book’s title; Cosimo Matassa had a […]

Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Baby Ain’t That Love (Ace)

Unavoidably labeled by many listeners as merely a poor man’s Fats Domino, Clarence “Frogman” Henry was much more than that. While he could mimic the Fatman as well as anyone, […]

Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush (Omnivore)

A four-disc box set containing 74 tracks that spans 1964 to the present day. The hardest working entertainer on the Chitlin’ Circuit and one our favorites; what immediately jumps out […]

Duke Robillard, The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard (Stony Plain)

One of the most prolific six-stringers of the last three decades, Duke Robillard has averaged a new album annually since he left Roomful of Blues in the mid-1980s. He goes […]

Eddie Bo, Baby I’m Wise: The Complete Ric Singles 1959-1962 (Ace)

Eddie Bo was perhaps the most prolific of all New Orleans R&B artists—surely rivaling Fats Domino—despite the claims made by the funksters and hip-hoppers. For my money the pinnacle of […]

Obituary: Frankie Ford

Ooh-wee…. Frankie Ford, the flamboyant rock ’n’ roll artist who rode “Sea Cruise” nearly to the top of the charts in 1959, died September 29 after a lengthy illness. He […]