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A Musical Menagerie: Jimmy Horn’s Tales of King James & the Special Men

Jimmy Horn is the kind of character you only find in New Orleans. America used to turn them out everywhere, but the country has been culturally homogenized to the point […]

Festival Focus: Don Bryant & the Bo-Keys at Ponderosa Stomp

Don Bryant, one of the architects of the classic Memphis soul sound of Hi Records, made a spectacular comeback album, Don’t Give Up On Love, just in time to be […]

Dreamlike Scenarios: Ed Volker has always been looking for the song

Hammer out those words burnt red from the coals. Scrape the bark off those gnarly melodies and bend them to your will. Wince at the stinking coal fire smoke and […]

Erica Falls, “HomeGrown” (Vintage Soul)

After years of working in the perfectionist atmosphere of Allen Toussaint’s band and the energy of Galactic, Erica Falls has released an album that is all about her. Fall’s professionalism […]

Tom Leggett, “Jewel In My Crown” (Independent)

We liked Leggett’s debut, a representative product of the New Orleans club scene, which features so many hard working and underpaid musicians of merit. It’s good to see Leggett continuing […]

Dayna Kurtz, “Here Vol. 1” (Kismet)

Dayna Kurtz was a natural fit in New Orleans even before she moved to the city a few years back. Her love of New Orleans R&B and thirst for deep […]

Opinionated and Unpredictable: Louis Armstrong as music critic

Louis Armstrong is known for many things involving his playing and singing, his global popularity and his tireless efforts to promote the music he loved through a nonstop performance schedule. […]

“Alex McMurray Sings His Greatest New Orleans Hits,” (Independent)

Back in the 1950s through the early ’70s New Orleans was known as much for songwriting as for its great music. Perhaps because the city lacked the music industry infrastructure […]

Lynn Drury, “Rise of the Fall” (Independent)

Lynn Drury’s eighth album continues the exponential growth as a songwriter that began in earnest with Sugar on the Floor and her most recent release, Come to My House. The […]

Whistling Past the Graveyard: The gospel according to Luke Spurr Allen

Luke Spurr Allen has patience. It’s a quality that might be mistaken in a city other than New Orleans for inertia, but in the somnabulant byways of his adopted city, […]