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Hank Williams, The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (BMG)

In October, Hank Williams’ Health & Happiness radio program turns 70. Time and the decades of country music that trailed the hillbilly Shakespeare’s brief career haven’t dimmed his heartache. In […]

Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie, What Had Happened Was…

Irreverent and risqué, Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie twirls traditional jazz on its venerated head. Led by singer, trumpeter and educator Dr. Brice Miller, Twisted Dixie bills itself as America’s funkiest […]

Solid As A Rock: Roland Guerin is not waiting for a stamp of approval

Roland Guerin keeps good company. A master of six-string bass, he put the bottom in Allen Toussaint’s band during the composer-pianist-producer’s second act as a world-traveling concert artist. Guerin spent […]

Little Steven Van Zandt talks back

After press time, Steven Van Zandt announced the cancellation of his upcoming tour, due to sinusitis. He will no longer appear in New Orleans on October 1, 2019, as previously […]

Michael Murphy’s Up from the Streets premieres at the New Orleans Film Festival

Michael Murphy’s new film distills New Orleans’ deep, diverse musical culture into a packed 103-minutes. Featuring local stars and international names Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Sting, Up from the […]

Rudy Ray Moore was one of the first to put rap and rhyme to rhythm

Rudy Ray Moore—the notoriously blue comedian, blaxploitation star and rap pioneer that Eddie Murphy portrays in the much-anticipated Dolemite Is My Name—had strong ties to New Orleans. In 1957, Moore […]

Barbara Shorts celebrates her 70th birthday

It’s a triple celebration. On October 6, singer-actress Barbara Shorts will combine her Parade of Stars variety show, 70th birthday party as well as the debut of her new single […]

Santana, “Africa Speaks” (Concord)

In this 50th anniversary year of Carlos Santana’s star-making appearance at Woodstock, the Latin-rock maestro burns through his latest album. Featuring Spanish singer Concha Buika as the 71-year-old Santana’s co-pilot, […]

Astral Project’s Tony Dagradi reveals his art work

Following decades of being a renowned jazz musician, saxophonist Tony Dagradi extended his artistic reach to visual art. In 2015, Dagradi, best known for his musical explorations with Astral Project […]

Ken Burns talks back

In early August, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was in full evangelist mode. Five weeks before the September 15 debut of Country Music, his latest television epic, Burns rhapsodized over country […]