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Elvin Bishop, “Big Fun Trio” (Alligator Records)

Damn, here’s another really top-notch record from Elvin Bishop. How does he do it? Very few blues musicians can turn out records that are as consistently great as Elvin’s. I […]

Chloe Feoranzo and Tom McDermott, “Zeppelins Made to Order” (Rabadash Records)

Tom McDermott is an uncharacteristic New Orleans pianist. The sheer virtuosity that epitomizes New Orleans “professors” from Jelly Roll Morton to James Booker is not his goal. McDermott thinks before […]

Hurray for the Riff Raff, “The Navigator” (ATO)

I’ve been a hungry ghost/ So I travel coast to coast In New Orleans we watched Alynda Segarra grow from a ragged teenage traveler singing shyly on the streets of […]

Michael Tisserand Krazy: “George Herriman, A Life in Black and White” (Harper)

On one of my first trips to New Orleans back in the twentieth century I was in a cab in the French Quarter when we passed several strikingly beautiful young […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Bruce Boyd Raeburn

Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn’s work turning the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane into a resource for students, researchers and fans of New Orleans music is a remarkable achievement that ensures […]

Zeke Fishhead, Look Glass Trick & Gone World, (www.Livedownloads.com)

Zeke Fishhead a.k.a. Ed Volker continues to pour new material out of his Bayou St. John home studio with the seeming effortlessness and digestibility of a great SF pulp novelist. […]

Ana Popovic, Trilogy (ArtisteXclusive Records)

It’s hard to set yourself apart in the blues world these days. Concept remains an effective way of doing it, and Popovic, with the help of a host of New […]

John Gros: With a Little Help From His Friends

In mid-August John Gros was preparing to drop his first solo album in 12 years, River’s on Fire, when he got the call. His father Don’s Baton Rouge house had […]

Paul Sanchez, Heart Renovations (Independent)

Songwriters need stories and much of the time it’s the story of their life that ends up getting told. A storyteller with a dull life doesn’t have much to work […]

Michael Urban, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic & Myth (Macmillan)

A few years back OffBeat ran the provocative story “Is New Orleans R&B Dead?” Michael Urban has provided his own examination of the question in his new book. Urban, a […]