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Spencer Bohren, Makin’ It Home to You (Valve Records)

They call him the storyteller. Spencer Bohren has been plying his trade as a New Orleans–based singer-songwriter, guitarist and sometimes bandleader over the last 40 years. Somewhere during that run […]

Five Questions with Billy Iuso, who celebrates 1969 on his 50th birthday

Is this celebration concert at Tipitina’s something you’ve been planning a long time? I always try to book a gig on or near my birthday which is actually January 26th […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Walter “Wolfman” Washington

All but a few of the direct links to the days when New Orleans R&B ruled the world have passed, but Walter “Wolfman” Washington still provides a window into that […]

Tom Hook, “62” (Arbors Records)

Tom Hook’s 62 evokes a night in the American Camelot—Kennedy in the White House, Sinatra at the Sands, Joe Turner in New Orleans, Louis Prima and Keely Smith everywhere—a world […]

I Did Every God Damned Thing Myself: The Dave Bartholomew Century

Dave Bartholomew celebrates his 100th birthday on Christmas Eve, just as New Orleans fetes its own 300th anniversary, a synchronicity that underscores Bartholomew’s indelible imprint on the music and culture […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Evan Christopher

Evan Christopher will debut his new work “The Faubourg Variations” at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. The performance has been made possible with […]

Happy Land: Krazy Kat rides again

Add another chapter to the saga of Krazy Kat. The beguiling black comic strip feline of indeterminate gender and heritage celebrates a 105th birthday November 13 with a party at […]

Fabulous Poodles, Mirror Stars: Complete Pye Recordings 1976-1980 (Cherry Red, UK)

Okay how many of you remember the Fabulous Poodles opening for Tom Petty at the Warehouse in 1979? That was the band’s only New Orleans appearance, but frontman and principal […]

Shemekia Copeland, America’s Child (Alligator Records)

  Shemekia Copeland is a full-scale blues/R&B diva in her prime, the inheritor of a tradition that stretches back to Bessie Smith and beyond. In a world of small voices, […]

Jamie Lynn Vessels, Storm Coming (Independent)

  Among his other talents, Paul Sanchez is quite a talent scout, and when he told me to check out Jamie Lynn Vessels I stuck that info into my “in” […]