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Michael Tisserand, “The Kingdom of Zydeco” (Arcade Publishing)

The Kingdom of Zydeco was reissued in paperback after being out of print for some time. Since it was the first book ever written about zydeco, the indigenous music of […]

The Asylum Chorus, “Take A Piece” (Independent)

If this debut EP were only an excuse to create a supergroup out of organist Joe Krown, drummer Doug Belote, and Groovesect and Gravity A guitarist Danny Abel, it would […]

Michael Tisserand Krazy: “George Herriman, A Life in Black and White” (Harper)

On one of my first trips to New Orleans back in the twentieth century I was in a cab in the French Quarter when we passed several strikingly beautiful young […]

Hopalong Catastrophe, “Big Bad Wrong” (Four Cats / Radionic Records)

“Best kept secret” is a cliché, but like so many clichés, it’s one that appeared out of necessity. And for three albums now, ex–Vince Vance and the Valiants and Topcats […]

Terra Terra, “Terra Terra” (Independent)

The jazz-rock trio Terra Terra understands one very important element of science fiction: Be sure to stop every once in a while and instill awe. They actually have a vague, […]

Alcide ‘Slow Drag’ Pavageau, “Drag’s Half Fast Band” (GHB Records)

Bassist Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau, a New Orleans native born in 1888, was best known as a sideman and for his long association with clarinetist George Lewis. The first nine […]

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, “Seeing Is Believing” (Severn)

Sugar Ray Norcia has been a fixture on the New England blues scene since the ’70s. This, his seventh album for Severn, measures up well to the previous half-dozen as […]

Kettle Black, “4.28.16” (Independent)

Keith Burnstein, transplanted New Yorker and lead singer-songwriter of this smooth PBR&B jam band, sings a lot like Dr. John in his classic early-’70s salad days, but that’s really just […]

Louie Ludwig, “I Got Nothin to Say” (Zzi Music)

The song “Blame It on the Storm” was reviewed here not that long ago (by yours truly), but the rest of this release by Louie—NOLA’s finest and wittiest folkie, although […]

James Martin, “Something’s Gotta Give” (Independent)

“It ain’t nothing you don’t already know,” singer/saxophonist James Martin declares at the start of this disc. And musically speaking, he’s right: The song lodges in a familiar, yet enjoyable […]