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Blues Bard of the Bywater: It’s nice to have Andy J. Forest around

Andy J. Forest enjoys his drive to work so much he wrote a song about it. “Bartender Friend,” the opening track on Forest’s great new album, Word Shadows & Ghost […]

October Blues

I’m going down to Louisiana Baby behind the sun Well you know I just found out My trouble’s just begun I’m going down to New Orleans Get me a mojo […]

Leslie Blackshear Smith, How Love Works Part: 1 (636 Music)

Leslie Blackshear Smith is one of the most talented woman vocalists in a city full of them. You only have to look at the sideperson and production credits on this […]

Sarah Quintana, Miss River (Independent)

Sarah Quintana beckons like a siren throughout the tidal movement of this album, an alluvial swell of meditations on the Mississippi that collectively evoke a dreamscape of beautiful, languorous dissipation. […]

Peter Stampfel, Better Than Expected (Don Giovanni Records)

As Mark Bingham began the process of closing down Piety Street Studio he began lining up the projects he would work on in the future. His impact as a producer […]

Dennis McNally, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of
Cultural Freedom (Counterpoint Press)

Dennis McNally has written two very useful books on American culture—an extremely well researched biography of Jack Kerouac, Desolate Angel, and an inside onlooker’s slightly jaundiced account of the Grateful […]

Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle, North of Houston (Broadway Records)

As a fan of the Who dating back to the band’s earliest American performances, I approached the Broadway production of Tommy with trepidation, fearful of another degradation of Pete Townshend’s […]

Jimmy Carpenter, Walk Away (Vizztone)

Saxophonist Jimmy Carpenter is one of the unsung heroes of the 24/7/365 world of New Orleans music, a mainstay from Frenchmen Street to the Maple Leaf in a variety of […]

Wynton Marsalis on Louis Armstrong, New Orleans, and America

When Louis Armstrong was only age 21 at the dawn of the Jazz Age, he left his hometown of New Orleans to seek his fortune. By 1928, he’d become the […]

New Mosaic Records Box Set Redefines Louis Armstrong’s Legacy

  Forty-three years after his death, Louis Armstrong’s later career is undergoing a serious reevaluation. Historians are re-examining the critical consensus that Armstrong’s brilliance was confined to his early career. […]