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L.E.S. Douze, The Stoned (Nouveau Electric Records)

In the beginning of the summer of 2016, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Michot’s Melody Makers had a residency at one of the centers of forward thinking […]

Bookmark: Randy Fox, Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story (BMG Books)

Although Excello Records was located in the “Record Center of the South”—Nashville—its success was largely dependent on the “Sound of the Swamp,” a sound incubated and perfected in “The Rice […]

Johnette Downing with Scott Billington, Swamp Romp (Wiggle Worm Records)

The new record by nationally recognized children’s music maven Johnette Downing and harp player Scott Billington (whose second career as a music producer has been our reward) is entertaining for […]

The Death of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton – Game Day (Omnivore)

Master songwriter Peter Holsapple has been fairly quiet since moving back to North Carolina post-Katrina, reappearing mainly for short-lived reunions of the dB’s and the Continental Drifters. These twin releases—the […]

Kari Sjöstrand & Larry Turner, The Deal (Karisma Muzik)

Swedish tenor and soprano saxophonist Kari Sjöstrand knows how to best use the talent in her band, including co-leader bassist Larry Turner as well as the New Orleans musicians that […]

Various Artists, Confessin’ The Blues (BMG)

This is a 42-track blues anthology of material that became early influences on a certain British rock band. While the music here is outstanding, the premise of this collection is […]

WHIV Radio – Live from New Orleans: Musicians, Mentors & Barroom Heroes (Independent)

When writer/rabble-rouser Laura DeFazio talks about her WHIV 102.3 FM radio show, “Musicians, Mentors, and Barroom Heroes,” she usually describes it as, “like being in your living room, if your […]

Old Riley and the Water, Biting Through (Independent)

Before succumbing to ALS, Lead Belly recorded an original “Old Riley” that refers to his protagonist walking on water while fleeing to freedom. Hence the inspirational namesake for guitarist Sean […]

Jim Pharis, High Mileage (Independent)

Folk-blues singer-guitarist Jim Pharis keeps it simple on High Mileage. Most of the songs on his made-in-Lafayette album feature Pharis’ finger-style acoustic guitar playing and deadpan, rather odd but amiable […]

Johnny Sonnier & Jimmy Breaux, A Tribute to Aldus Roger & More (Swallow Records)

On Johnny Sonnier’s first recording since 1992, he and Jimmy Breaux pay homage to the “King of the French Accordion” Aldus Roger, who led the Lafayette Playboys and starred on […]