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Henry Butler is an unquestioned virtuoso, the player who’s pushed the New Orleans piano sound forward the last 30 years. Like James Booker or Art Tatum, he needs no accompaniment to mesmerize an audience. From this viewpoint, Butler’s best albums are arguably his solo performances: Blues and More, Vol. I and PiaNOLA Live. Butler has [...]

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Carsie Blanton

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 does just that with Not Old, Not New. Other than the 45-second coda she wrote herself, the whole album consists of nothing but jazz covers [...]

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Brad Webb

Brad Webb

Making Faces

(Independent)

There is a certain timelessness to Brad Webb’s Making Faces. The music, although recorded in 2013, could be from any time in the last 40 years. It’s modern, but still swinging and recognizable, jazz. For a drummer-led record, Webb stays in the background, meshing well with his band. And the band puts on fine performances. [...]

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Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

On the Corner of Hope and New Orleans

(Independent)

Vocalist Antoine Diel quietly, though with great expressive elegance, opens On the Corner of Hope and New Orleans with a heartfelt rendition of the moving “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Accompanied solely by the lovely guitar of Daniel Schroeder, it is instantly apparent that Diel is a man of great talent and soul. Born [...]

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The Cons and Prose

The Cons and Prose

Famous Last Words

(Independent)

Rik Slave, the magnetic lead singer of New Orleans rock ’n’ roll outlet the Cons and Prose, seems like he would be a good person to go out and grab a beer with. The band’s latest record is the booze-tinged Famous Last Words, and Slave’s got a few choice ones for his audience. The album [...]

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It’s hard to image Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys sounding any better than it did on 2010’s Cravin’ Cajun, where everything fit neatly into place. Despite the tragic passing of mega-talented bassist/vocalist Seth Guidry, Naquin somehow pulls it off again with a few new members: drummer Andre Gary and steel-guitarist Marty Broussard (veteran sideman [...]

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Royal Southern Brotherhood

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 only be a good sign when the seams between this much Americana disappear. It’s already hard to tell where Cyril Neville ends and Mike Zito [...]

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Various Artists

Various Artists

You Talk Too Much: The Ric & Ron Story, Vol. I

(Ace)

With a formidable roster that included Professor Longhair, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, Chris Kenner, Robert Parker, Tommy Ridgley, Al Johnson and Eddie Bo, among others, the Ric and Ron labels were an important force in the New Orleans record business between 1958 and 1962. The festive Ric and Ron sound was unique, even when compared [...]

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Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Prospect Hill

(Music Maker Relief Foundation)

Best known for his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons has learned his trade the old-fashioned way. Years of performing (and often re-creating) a wonderful, sometimes-neglected repertoire of music from Southern African-American traditions, Flemons can swing from Piedmont blues to ragtime and back again, accompanying himself on banjo, guitar, quills, [...]

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Nikka B.

Nikka B.

Poison Girl, Inc.

(Upper Ninth)

“Nikka,” like “nukka,” holds a special place in the vernacular of the streets. But Nikka B., who hails from Oakland, grew up smack in the middle of the 13th Ward, and made her name in Mid-City, makes sure to let you know that’s pronounced with a long e on her debut mixtape. That mix of [...]

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