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Rhiannon Giddens talks back

In 2007, Rhiannon Giddens performed at the Folk Alliance International conference with the aspiring black string band Carolina Chocolate Drops. On January 25, 2020, following one Grammy Award, six Grammy […]

The Folk Alliance celebrates creativity and supports traditions

The 32nd annual Folk Alliance International conference is coming to New Orleans. Running January 22 to January 26 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, the conference includes keynote speakers Mavis […]

ARTFUL DUET: Emilie Rhys, Noel Rockmore exhibit at Jazz Museum

Despite not growing up with her portrait-painter father, Emilie Rhys is a third-generation artist. Following in famous New Orleans artist Noel Rockmore’s footsteps, Rhys specializes in depicting New Orleans musicians. […]

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes talks back

Mississippi’s Jimmy “Duck” Holmes is the keeper of the Bentonia blues tradition flame. He follows such earlier practitioners of the country-blues style as Skip James, Jack Owens and brothers Henry […]

Samantha Fish, Kill or Be Kind (Rounder)

Following five albums with Germany’s Ruf Records, blues, rock and more singer—guitarist Samantha Fish—moves to the great American roots-music label, Rounder Records. Fish and fellow New Orleans resident, Grammy-winning producer […]

HeavyDrunk, Holywater (Independent)

Raised in Monroe, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, Rob Robinson leads the Nashville-based soul-blues- Southern rock band HeavyDrunk. On record, the group is a sprawling ensemble including six vocalists, horns, B3 […]

The Pogues plus Lost Bayou Ramblers equal Poguetry

When Spider Stacy and Cait O’Riordan from the Pogues meet the Lost Bayou Ramblers, they make Poguetry together. The Pogues, of course, are the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band from London that […]

Harold Battiste and Cher: I Got You Babe

When Cher brings her Here We Go Again Tour to New Orleans on December 13, she’ll be in the hometown of the musician who helped make her 55 years of […]

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Cypress Grove (Easy Eye Sound)

Mississippi’s Jimmy “Duck” Holmes plays the raw country blues style identified most famously with his Bentonia bluesmen predecessors, Skip James and Jack Owens. Bentonia musicians tune the open strings of […]

Dr. Michael Torregano, Morning Inspiration (KWS/Concord)

Like so many New Orleans musicians, Dr. Michael Torregano covers the stylistic waterfront. His influences include Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners and Michael Jackson as well as Oscar Peterson, […]