Author Archives: Nick Pittman

Lost Bayou Ramblers Begin a New Phase

The last time the Lost Bayou Ramblers released a live album, they had never collaborated with Hollywood starlets, Barack Obama had yet to be elected president, there was officially a war going on in Iraq, the Saints had only watched the Super Bowl on television, and you could have paid under $3 for a gallon [...]

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Joshua Caffery Takes a Fresh Look at Alan Lomax’s Louisiana Recordings

In the 1850s, French aristocrat Amédée Carayon-Latour crafted “L’Armour et Fanatisme,” a song from the point of view of an Islamic knight in love with a blue-eyed Christian girl. It ends terribly: Their love is forbidden by Allah, so he heads to battle where he will likely die in the first wave of fighting. But [...]

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Brother Dege, Scorched Earth Policy (Independent)

Typically a mix tape is a grab bag of sounds, songs and artists. Always atypical, Brother Dege’s Scorched Earth Policy is pulled from only one artist—him—but lives up to the diverse aspect of the concept. Dege Legg took to the mix-tape idea to deliver his version of what summer sounds like by culling together new [...]

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Lee Benoit, Pour les Générations à Venir (Bradley Records)

Lee Benoit’s Pour les Générations à Venir is not explicitly Cajun music for kids. He’s not the Cajun Raffi; instead, he presents a disc geared toward the next generation (and generation after that) of Cajuns. While utilizing three generations of his family (his young grandson does some baby-talking on a song), Benoit crafts a Cajun [...]

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Johnny Angel & Helldorado, Ready … Set … Hold on! (Deuce Records)

There’s a rollicking offshoot of classic country music called psychobilly that pairs old school twangs and rhythms and train track percussion with tales of mayhem, murder, drive-in movie kitsch and break-neck speeds. Johnny Angel & Helldorado is not a psychobilly band. It’s likely that Angel grew up on the same diet, but Helldorado is far [...]

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Matthew Davidson, Cross My Heart (Magnet Music)

There are certain expectations placed on a 14-year-old when he wins the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award. Matthew Davidson did just that, and with the release of Cross My Heart he is coming into his own but is not bound to Johnson’s barebones blues legacy. Davidson shows his age and tastes with a [...]

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Black Feratu, Evil Is the New Good (Independent)

Drummer Mac Black calls Black Feratu’s sound metal “ … that goes from punk to sludge and doom,” but Black Feratu’s Evil Is the New Good is best described as rock from the worst side of the tracks. From the opening cut, there are tales of repercussions, ruthless bravado, terrible vices and comprising addictions. Songs [...]

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Goin’ Home (Concord Records)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Goin’ Home doesn’t refer to Shreveport. Yes, the record was made in his hometown, but it is a metaphor for the record’s direction. The multi-Grammy nominee goes back to his record collection and remerges with classic blues cuts—some well-remembered, some forgotten—that crafted the musician he is today. Along the way, similar minded [...]

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Baby Bee: From the Walking Dead to French Quarter Fest

Fans of smash-hit AMC show “The Walking Dead” have already heard Baby Bee, a pair of Houma brothers making their French Quarter Festival (FQF) debut on Sunday, April 13. In season three, their “Love Bug” plays over the din of men battling each other and toothless zombies in a post-apocalyptic hybrid of pro wrestling and [...]

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For a FEU Dollars More: Feufollet Turns to Indiegogo

Feufollet needs your help to deliver their record to the masses: Though named after a mythical fire, Feufollet is really about water or, more specifically, swimming against the current. At a time when smoky bars contained Cajun music, Feufollet’s early teen and pre-pre-teen members played on monkey bars. As Cajun music rubbed shoulders with roots [...]

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