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The Bacon Brothers [Kevin and Michael Bacon] talk back

Actor Kevin Bacon and his film-scoring brother, Michael, formed the Bacon Brothers band in 1995. Despite their busy separate careers, they keep their Americana, rock, country, singer-songwriter band going. The […]

Flow Tribe: You Know What It’s About

In the summer of 2004, a band formed by recent Brother Martin High School graduates picked the perfect name—Flow Tribe. For 13 years, the band has literally been a tribe, […]

Various Artists, “American Epic: The Collection” (Lo-Max/Third Man/Legacy)

American Epic: The Collection seems destined to win a Grammy award for best historical album. A box set in a bound book format containing five CDs and 100 recordings, The […]

Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child” (Legacy Recordings)

Willie Nelson released his latest album, the wise and warm God’s Problem Child, on April 28, the day before his 84th birthday. Like any great album, it works as a […]

PBS’ American Epic debuts in May

American Epic, a three-part music documentary series debuting May 16 on PBS, traces the music industry’s early–twentieth century quest to find and record blues and gospel performers in the South, […]

Herb Alpert talks back

Herb Alpert, the trumpet-playing leader of the Tijuana Brass and co-founder of the enormously successful A&M Records, makes his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival debut on May 4. In […]

Fest Focus: Gregg Martinez

FRIDAY, MAY 5—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 1:20 P.M. Gregg Martinez, the powerhouse swamp pop vocalist from Cajun country, inspires audiences through his big, emotional performances of classic soul and rhythm-and-blues. “I’m […]

The Gumbo Thing: PJ Morton takes on the Buddy Bolden spirit and keeps innovating.

PJ MORTON: FRIDAY, MAY 5—CONGO SQUARE STAGE, 3:30 P.M. MAROON 5: SATURDAY, APRIL 29—ACURA STAGE, 5:15 P.M.   New Orleans native PJ Morton never thought he’d live in his hometown […]

Robert Mugge, “New Orleans Music in Exile” (Mug Shot Productions)

Robert Mugge’s 2006 documentary, New Orleans Music in Exile, serves as a time capsule for the shell-shocked months after Hurricane Katrina. Originally broadcast in May 2006 by Starz and Starz […]

Ann Wilson talks back

In the 1970s, hard rock music was a boys’ club. Girls weren’t supposed to rock. But Ann and Nancy Wilson, two talented, determined sisters from Seattle, smashed the stereotype. The […]