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Shemekia Copeland Talks Back

She’s a second-generation blues artist with a lot to say. In August, Shemekia Copeland released America’s Child, her ninth album. Her 22-month-old son, Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz, inspired the topical collection […]

Robert Earl Keen talks back

Robert Earl Keen’s never had a hit—at least not in the traditional chart-topper sense. And he didn’t wear a hat for every album cover, show and publicity shot. He tried […]

I’m Leaving It Up to You: Yvette Landry’s Louisiana lovin’ goes worldwide

Beyond its south Louisiana birthplace, swamp pop is less known than the region’s internationally branded Cajun and zydeco music. A hybrid of Cajun-French music and classic rhythm and blues from […]

No Parlor Tricks: Givers remains a working-class band

Whether they know it or not, millions of people have heard the passionate, melodic music made by New Orleans–based indie-pop band Givers. That’s because nearly every song on Givers’ 2011 […]

Send Me a Friend Partners with Positive Vibrations Foundation

After Anders Osborne got clean and sober, he quickly realized he needed some help at work. A gigging, touring musician, Osborne works at festivals, clubs, theaters and music halls, most […]

Bill Graham’s Legacy: The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans

Live Nation will open a new music venue in New Orleans in early 2019. The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans, a 2,200-capacity music hall, will fill the long-vacant second floor […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Carlo Ditta

Carlo Ditta’s Orleans Records has created an invaluable legacy. The label’s catalog includes Professor Longhair, Danny Barker, Willy DeVille, Mighty Sam McClain, Roland Stone, Little Freddie King, Guitar Slim Jr., […]

Tony Joe White talks back

Growing up in north Louisiana’s West Carroll Parish, Tony Joe White picked cotton on his dad’s farm and pokeweed in the woods and fields. When he wasn’t working or going […]

Street Parade: Runnin’ Pardners guitarist Brint Anderson has a new menu

On the final day of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Brint Anderson played his final show with George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners. Well, maybe not […]

A Second Chance at a First-Class Life: Mike Zito aspires to even greater things.

Mike Zito is making the most of his second chance at a first-class life. In May, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards named Zito best blues-rock artist. It’s his […]