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H.G. Breland, No Rhyme or Reason (Independent)

H.G. Breland is one of those seasoned music-business vets you’ve never heard of, a roots-rocker from the Mississippi Delta who made the scene on both coasts in the very unfolky […]

Louie Ludwig, These Are the Ways of My People (Independent)

When you think about unrepentant progressive singer-songwriters, you think of Louie Ludwig, at least locally. The portrait which graces the cover of his latest disc, a smiling President Barack Obama […]

Alex Bosworth, Here for You (Pearl River Records)

There’s no reason Alex Bosworth couldn’t go as far as she wants in the music industry. Her persona is warm and accessible, and her voice follows suit—it combines the sultry […]

St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus, Recordings Vol. 1 (Independent)

St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, so it makes sense that choral director Lucas Davenport, late of the New Orleans Bingo! Show, would craft this shifting a capella […]

Good Children, An Evening in the Rookery (Independent)

Good Children exists as a vehicle for the songs of local singer-songwriter Michael Wilder, and his decision to record this debut EP live in the studio was a wise one—in […]

Extrapedestrian, Tomorrow Is a Gift (Independent)

Naming yourself Extrapedestrian just begs for smart-mouth critics such as myself to throw the tag back in your face. That is, unless what you’re doing is so strange and off […]

Doug Schmude, All These Avenues (Lost Hubcap Records)

Doug Schmude is a travelin’ man, covering more miles in the dozen songs on his second Americana-lite release than most people do in a lifetime. Naturally, he takes the scenic […]

Lane Rodgers, One Man, One Band (Independent)

Even if you are a folkie singer-songwriter type, too much honesty can work against you. Lane Rodgers has a steady gig at a Mexican restaurant in Shreveport, at which he […]

Carsie Blanton, Not Old, Not New (So Ferocious)

Sex sells in almost any form of popular music, but it’s a rare bird who can create a truly sensual atmosphere that works as more than just marketing strategy. Carsie Blanton […]

Royal Southern Brotherhood, heartsoulblood (Ruf Records)

After a fine, but ultimately stop-gap, live album, here’s this rock-soul supergroup’s first true follow-up to their debut. The exciting news is that the five-piece’s personalities have already congealed—it can […]