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Back to Basics: Mike Zito is himself again

Guitar, bass, drums and the blues. It’s back to basics for Mike Zito. He’s returned to the riff-fueled blues-rock that inspired him to make music in the first place. It’s […]

Mahalia Jackson, Moving On Up a Little Higher (Shanachie)

By the time Mahalia Jackson signed with Columbia Records in 1954, the New Orleans native had been a gospel star for six years. 44 years after her death, she’s still […]

Charlie Wooton: Hard Groove

Restlessly creative bassist Charlie Wooton keeps rows of candles burning. Along with former Neville Brothers drummer “Mean” Willie Green, Wooton lays the groove down for the New Orleans Suspects. He […]

Kenny Neal: More to Life

Kenny Neal, one of Baton Rouge’s internationally known blues artists, grew up in the country. His bluesman father, the late Raful Neal, filled the family’s house in West Baton Rouge […]

Book Review: Martin Hawkins, Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge (LSU Press)

Swamp-blues artist Slim Harpo has long been one of Louisiana’s least chronicled music stars. The new book by British writer Martin Hawkins changes that. At 416 pages, Slim Harpo: Blues […]

Marc Broussard: Bayou Soul

Solomon Burke’s soul classic “Cry to Me” inspired Marc Broussard’s eighth album, S.O.S.: Save Our Soul 2. Broussard’s studio interpretation of “Cry to Me”—and his choice of his father, guitarist […]

Reggie Scanlan: Lucky Like That

Gigs keep coming for Reggie Scanlan. The veteran New Orleans bassist’s resume includes his recently, amiably ended seven years with the New Orleans Suspects. Back in 2011, the Suspects gave […]

Pops and Bing: Gary Giddins reminisces about New Orleans and Louis Armstrong

Gary Giddins, the jazz critic whose award-­winning writing includes 31 years of Village Voice columns and books about Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Charlie Parker, is the 2016 Satchmo Symposium’s […]

Frampton Comes Alive: Peter Frampton thanks The Advocate’s John Georges at Champions Square

Peter Frampton evolved from British teen idol to guitar hero to international pop star. During his 50­-year-­and­-counting career, he also played sideman for George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Jerry […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with John Broven, author of Rhythm & Blues in New Orleans

John Broven has loved American music since he was a student at Bexhill Grammar School in Sussex, England. Broven’s distinguished writing career began in 1963 with the debut of Blues […]