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Eric Lindell, Revolution In Your Heart (Alligator Records)

Eric Lindell’s return to Chicago’s Alligator Records finds him in a soulful state of mind. Most of Revolution in Your Heart pursues a lively neo-soul tract, with Lindell referencing 1960s […]

Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Mark Rapp, Chris Burroughs and David Ellington, Natural History (Jangly Records)

Natural History gets off to a happy start with the members of this collaborative ensemble—saxophonist Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, trumpeter Mark Rapp, organist/pianist David Ellington and drummer Chris Burroughs—all clapping their […]

Neslorchestra, The Primordial Epiphany (Album Review)

Not all records can combine gonzo, dystopian conspiracy narratives and heartfelt pretty playing, but somehow long-awaited Neslorchestra record makes these seeming opposites work. It might be due to leader Rick […]

Fabulous Poodles, Mirror Stars: Complete Pye Recordings 1976-1980 (Cherry Red, UK)

Okay how many of you remember the Fabulous Poodles opening for Tom Petty at the Warehouse in 1979? That was the band’s only New Orleans appearance, but frontman and principal […]

Tom Hambridge, The NOLA Sessions (Album Review)

Grammy-winning blues and roots music producer Tom Hambridge’s eighth solo album, The NOLA Sessions, brought him to the Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans. Hambridge collaborated with New Orleans musicians, […]

Shemekia Copeland, America’s Child (Alligator Records)

  Shemekia Copeland is a full-scale blues/R&B diva in her prime, the inheritor of a tradition that stretches back to Bessie Smith and beyond. In a world of small voices, […]

Jonathon Long, Jonathon Long (Wild Heart)

  Jonathon Long, the Baton Rouge singer, guitarist and songwriter formerly known as Jonathon “Boogie” Long, did his homework. After learning gospel songs in his early childhood, the teen-aged Long […]

Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Live at El Sid O’s

  Hot on the heels of Lil’ Nathan’s late-2017 Unpaused release comes this CD/DVD recorded live at his uncle Sid Williams’ zydeco club. Comparatively speaking, these two releases are as […]

Steve Murrell, Elysian Fields (Independent)

Steve Murrell’s Elysian Fields was a long time in the making and features all original songs from Murrell and company. Things kick off with “All That I Needed,” in which […]

Jamie Lynn Vessels, Storm Coming (Independent)

  Among his other talents, Paul Sanchez is quite a talent scout, and when he told me to check out Jamie Lynn Vessels I stuck that info into my “in” […]