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Various Artists, Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou: Livin’, Lovin’ & Lyin’ (Ace Records)

Just as when the bayous are flowing it guarantees that the crawfish keep a-growing, here comes another release in Ace’s popular By The Bayou series. As in the previous dozen […]

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” (Jay-Vee Records)

By teaming with the legendary Hi Rhythm band, young Bob is decidedly going old-school. Hi Rhythm was of course the Memphis studio quartet that under the tutelage of producer Willie […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: R&B standouts

In this month’s installment of essential New Orleans songs, we look at some of the cornerstones of New Orleans R&B. Each of these songs made an impression nationally and left […]

Kim Wilson, “Blues and Boogie Vol. 1” (Severn)

Every bit a blues chameleon, Kim Wilson records and preforms under his own name as well as with the Fabulous Thunderbirds—the Austin-based band he helped found four decades ago. This […]

Jackie Shane, “Any Other Way” (Numero Group)

During the years that preceded Canada having its current flag, Pierre Trudeau, and the Maple Leafs winning a string of three Stanley Cups, Jackie Shane was the toast of Toronto’s […]

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., arguably the greatest ambassador of New Orleans music, one of the founders of rhythm and blues, as well as rock ’n’ roll, died peacefully while in […]

Celebrating 30 Years Of OffBeat: “Backtalk with Earl King,” 2002

OffBeat Magazine is celebrating 30 years and reached that milestone with our November 2017 issue. To mark the anniversary, OffBeat will re-publish excerpts from features and interviews from the past […]

Lil Bob and the Lollipops, “Sweet Soul Swinger… & The Jin Singles” (Jin)

File this one in the category of Bayou Soul. Opelousas’ Camille “Lil” Bob was a singer/drummer whose horn-laden band worked the South Louisiana club/prom circuit, often playing seven nights a […]

Floyd’s Record Shop Is Back

Once Louisiana’s longest tenured record retailer, Ville Platte’s legendary Floyd’s Record Shop is now Louisiana’s newest music retailer. Say what? It’s true, mes amis. Floyd’s original shop opened in 1956 […]

Johnny J and the Hipshots, “Below the Bible Belt” (Tall Tail)

On Johnny J’s previous effort, in the review this scribe posted, I recommended he immediately take a lengthy trip to the county farm, get periodic electric shock treatments and extensive […]