Dr. John

Dr. John

Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

(Proper/Concord)

During his keynote address at last year’s Satchmo SummerFest, Wycliffe Gordon opined that nobody but Louis Armstrong could possibly bring off a song like “What a Wonderful World.” One track into this album, Dr. John proves Gordon wrong. Mac Rebennack isn’t the first to cover this chestnut—even Joey Ramone had a go at it—but he [...]

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Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard

A Life Worth Living

(Vanguard)

Marc Broussard’s voice is an inspiring instrument. Broussard can sing with subtle shadings, calibrated emotion, and sheer energy, all of which are featured on his new record, A Life Worth Living. He shouts and screams on the jagged rocker “Dyin’ Man” and the slow burner “Man Ain’t Supposed to Cry” while mining a more folk [...]

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Kim Carson

Kim Carson

Enough Heart Left to Break

(Independent)

Whenever I’ve seen Kim Carson in the past, it’s been the bawdy songs that grabbed me first. She’s always had a way with a socially irresponsible lyric, pulling off songs like “I Only Like You When I’m Drinking” and “Tequila Makes My Clothes Fall Off” with a sly wink. Less familiar are her skills as [...]

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Cowboy Mouth

Cowboy Mouth

Go!

(Elm City Music)

The tenth studio album from Cowboy Mouth finds the band in familiar territory, but the CD does offer a couple of tracks that deviate from the norm. On “My Little Secret,” Casandra Faulconer’s bass line oozes in as Fred LeBlanc sings, “I may not be the sharpest dresser and I ain’t so debonair / but [...]

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Fo’ Reel

Fo’ Reel

Heavy Water

(Independent)

Calling themselves a New Orleans “supergroup” may be a bit of a misnomer: Fo’ Reel’s four main members are veterans of the local music scene, session-men mostly, with Dr. John and Nevilles and Allmans credits under their belts, and singer C.P. Love cut a side with Malaco during their “Groove Me/Mr. Big Stuff” salad days, [...]

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Truckstop Honeymoon

Truckstop Honeymoon

The Madness of Happiness

(Squirrel Records)

Rock stars are famous for epic life styles and devastating personal losses, such as divorce and family separation. Despite mixing Byrds-esque moments and radio-friendly pop hooks into its otherwise hillbilly-folk demeanor, Truckstop Honeymoon’s Mike and Katie West are no rock stars, which explain why the music biz has worked for them for so long. The [...]

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Jane Harvey Brown

Jane Harvey Brown

Live from New Orleans at the Old U.S. Mint

(Independent)

Jane Harvey Brown puts together a veteran band to back her on a set of mostly jazz and New Orleans standards recorded in a live setting at the Old U.S. Mint. Brown belts out brassy-voiced versions of classics such as “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” and “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.” [...]

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Hill Country Hounds

Hill Country Hounds

HCH

(Independent)

The self-titled debut from the Hill Country Hounds mixes both traditional and modern country while eschewing the current pop/rock/country movement of Nashville. This type of country uses Memphis and Bakersfield and Austin as its references. The sound here is pristine and produced. There is little rawness in the mix, but the lyrics have a traditional [...]

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Dexter Lee & the Prophets

Dexter Lee & the Prophets

We Are

(Reverb Nation)

The part of me that grew up on Grand Funk Railroad is digging this Baton Rouge power trio’s debut, particularly the parts where they kick out the jams and do old-school power-trio rock without apologies. “Phoebe” opens this half-hour album with one of those “pay attention now!” type guitar licks, and the rhythm section double-kicking [...]

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Yvette Landry

Yvette Landry

Me & T-Coe’s Country

(Soko Music)

Steel-guitar shaman Richard Comeaux has been part of Yvette Landry’s country aggregation for a few years, but when Landry needed a duo partner for the smaller gigs a year-and-a-half ago, playing with T-Coe (as he’s alternatively known) just clicked. Obviously it clicks here, too, on this predominantly one-of-a-kind vintage country affair. Many of the classics, [...]

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