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Bernard Allison Group, In the Mix (Jazzhaus Records)

Bernard Allison has always been proud to carry the surname of his famous soul-blues defining dad Luther. After all, he more or less ran the last few years of his […]

Claude Hitt, Working Towards Perfection (Tate Music Group)

Usually with independent recordings, truly independent—I recorded this in my spare time with my life savings—indie albums, the product tends to outstrip the packaging, but this Raceland guitarist’s latest goes […]

Gayla Marie, Gypsy Love (Independent)

Something about the 21st century has made Louisianians restless indeed. Take Gayla Marie, for example—she’s been to Nashville, Austin, and even Hollywood trying to establish herself as a triple singing/songwriting/acting […]

Louie Ludwig with the Moss Pickers, Elevation 13 (Independent)

Musical bon vivant and unreconstructed hippie that he is, NOLA scene vet Louie Ludwig has always been a folkie more in function than form: his muse has wandered all over […]

Steve Cunningham, Music from Mister Steve (Independent)

You might think that a debut album from a mainstay of the Neutral Ground Coffee House scene would be filled with singer-songwriter fluff sans electricity, but Steve Cunningham, the local […]

The Russell Welch Hot Quartet, Mississippi Gipsy (Independent)

The New Vagabond movement of trad-jazz post-K transplants—and let’s keep using that term until OffBeat readers come up with a more fitting one—hasn’t produced many instrumental albums, odd for a […]

Patrick Williams and His Blues Xpress, Big Easy Blues (Sound of New Orleans)

Singer and harp man Patrick Williams is one of those rare NOLA natives who chose blues over jazz, and as such, he holds down what there is of the Bourbon […]

JeConte, Down by the Bayou (Red Parlor Records) & Danielle Nicole, “Danielle Nicole” (Concord Music Group)

As any politician will tell you, the bully pulpit is half the fun of the job, and same goes for musicians—when they get popular enough, they kinda get to decide […]

The Roamin’ Jasmine, The Roamin’ Jasmine (Milo Records)

The post-K Busker Invasion continues with the appropriately named Roamin’ Jasmine, a sextet equally happy turning trad-jazz out to walk the streets, taking it into the clubs on Bourbon and […]

T-Roy, Deep South Dub (Bayou International)

T-Roy is the DJ currently holding down the dub scene on Frenchman Street (Blue Nile, Yuki, Dragon’s Den), and as you might imagine from the title, his mix of reggae […]