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Lillian Boutte, Lipstick Traces: New Orleans R&B Sessions (Blues Beacon)

I can’t think of more superlatives to say about this album. Lillian Boutte, the long-time favorite jazz singer from New Orleans who spends half her time touring overseas, has put […]

Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque (DGC Records)

Already getting hyped as the alternative pop band of the 90s, racking up Best Album of the Year awards, riding at the top of the college charts, and appearing on […]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying (Epic)

Everyone knows that rock is largely derivative. True artists go to the trouble to reinvent what they borrow (see much of the Led Zeppelin catalog, for instance). Stevie Ray Vaughan […]

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, No Looking Back (Alligator Records)

“I built my own prison, my mind must find the key, and nobody, nobody can open this cell but me.” Gatemouth’s hip, mature ’90s urban blues style confronts isolation, infidelity, […]

Ellis Marsalis, Heart of Gold (Columbia Records)

Ellis’ fans will no doubt welcome his new album on Columbia. Produced by son Delfeayo, it features Ray Brown on bass and Herlin Riley, Billy Higgins, and Jason Marsalis as […]

Carol Fran and Clarence Hollimon, Soul Sensation (Black Top Records)

Once again Black Top reintroduces the world to some master blues musicians who could easily have slipped through the cracks of time. And once again the world should thank them […]