Mustang Lightning Camps at Monkey Hill; the WTUL Marathon in Retrospect

The local Monkey Hill management team has added another top-notch act to a stable that already includes Cowboy Mouth and the Bluerunners—a swaggering psychobilly trio called Mustang Lightning, who recently […]

Music Television DeGruy-Style

In guitarist Phil DeGruy’s parallel universe, Madonna gets nasty to “The Sound of Music” and Robert Tilton rules.   He’s describing “dubbing” — a signature blend of music and performance […]

The Coolest of ’92

JUST TOO COOL Nine of our writers document their coolest musical experiences of ‘92 — album, concert, or other. For a non-writer perspective, we asked a few familiar faces to […]

Mess O’ Blues

The Delmark, Rounder and Black Top labels insure that fall will offer up a bountiful harvest of blues albums.   Is there any coincidence in the fact that we have […]

Postcards from the Edge: Willie Lockett & the Blues Krewe Survive and Prosper on Bourbon Street

You should have been there. After the convention, we headed for the French Quarter and wandered into Rhythms, this big patio with a circus-tent top near the Canal Street end […]

On A Binge

The cavernous wooden passageways of the weathered near the corner of Orleans and Broad are lonely on this Sunday night. On the second level, most of the tiny rehearsal rooms […]

Club Scout

Let’s presume: you’re reading this issue of OffBeat so you’re probably in New Orleans and not, thankfully, somewhere ridiculous.  You are already aware of that massive smorgasbord of music in […]

Take A Chaw on These Mardi Gras Tidbits

Get out your new suits, gang, ’cause Mardi Gras is just a few days away. But meanwhile, take a chaw from our latest batch of plugs… DIAMOND DATES DEPT… Just […]

A Musical Collage for Carnival

The cover photo shoot, by participant: Rik Slave sang “We Are the World.” Fred LeBlanc bit Irma Thomas’ knee. Irma laughed at Fred. George Porter, Jr. ended up being late […]

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 […]