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Lifetime Achievement in Music: The Poet Laureate of Mardi Gras Indians, Monk Boudreaux

Monk Boudreaux was born to be a Mardi Gras Indian. It is not a career, a craft or a profession, though one needs to go through an apprenticeship to become […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Louisiana Christmas with Loose Cattle

Rod Hodges walked into the Music Shed in mid-August to cut tracks for Loose Cattle’s Christmas album, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and a muggy New Orleans summer day suddenly transformed into […]

Papa Grows Funk history explored

Full disclosure: I’m interviewed in this documentary. And it’s impossible for me to be objective about Papa Grows Funk. I watched this band from its inception and was a fan […]

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. […]