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The Babineaux Sisters, Quoi Ca Dit (Independent)

If you’re of the opinion that young women in their early adolescence are incapable of conjuring up original, serious and profound Cajun music, then take one listen to the Babineaux […]

Bonsoir, Catin Plays Cajun Music Their Way

When the four dynamic, multi-talented women who formed Bonsoir, Catin in 2004 first came together, their main goal was simply sustaining the pleasure of playing music with like-minded souls. That […]

Joel Savoy’s Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round: Joel Savoy’s Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round (Valcour Records)

Joel Savoy’s Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round is a real sweetheart of an album—an informal gathering of accomplished young Cajun musicians taking their turns on tried-and-true honky-tonk numbers in a recording environment […]

Old Tradition, New Guardians: Young Big Chief Returns

New Way Pocky Way, recorded throughout 1998 by the Young Guardians of the Flame, is being reissued for national distribution by locally based Louisiana Red Hot Records just in time […]

Aaron Neville, My True Story (Blue Note Records)

My True Story started out as Aaron Neville’s “doo-wop project” but became something else. On a promotional video made for the album, Blue Note label president and album co-producer Don […]

Tulane University Constructs Big Chief’s Abode

An avid student of French existentialism and a serious collector of modern jazz LPs, Donald Harrison Sr. was not your average Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief. One of the real-life […]

Various Artists, En Français: Cajun ’n’ Creole Rock ’n’ Roll Vol. 2 (Bayou Teche Brewing Co)

Readers who may have missed the first volume of En Français: Cajun ’n’ Creole Rock ’n’ Roll are in for a real treat this year. According to Louis Michot, bandleader, […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection (Sony Legacy)

Ever since taking the reins of operating Preservation Hall — New Orleans’ shrine to the sources of music that coalesced into the earliest form of jazz — artistic director Ben […]

Chris Thomas King, Bona Fide (21st Century Blues)

Bona Fide offers a glimpse of Chris Thomas King in full stride propelled by mid-career confidence, a genuinely inventive and compelling inheritor of the blues traditions whose surprisingly intimate performances […]

Maria Muldaur Latches onto Lizzie “Kid” Douglas (Memphis Minnie)

Maria Muldaur remembers precisely the moment that New Orleans native Lizzie “Kid” Douglas — better known by her stage name, Memphis Minnie — became a guiding light for both her […]