Tag Archives: Blues

Hometown Love For Carol Fran
On September 5

This season has been a bountiful one for Louisiana blues legend Carol Fran. Next month she’ll receive a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; but her hometown of Lafayette gets to celebrate her first.  On Thursday, September 5, there’s a concert in her honor at the Acadiana Center for the Arts [...]

Photos: Pennsylvania gets a dose of NOLA at Flood City Music Festival

Now in its fourth year, the annual Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, PA served up a big taste of New Orleans and Louisiana music at last week’s fest. And what place is more appropriate to feature at what Flood City calls their “celebration of American roots music?” Why, Louisiana of course. The Crescent [...]

Living Blues Salutes New Orleans

If you’re heading to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art or d.b.a. tonight (April 8), you can catch the man whose portrait graces the cover of this month’s Living Blues magazine: Longtime local favorite Little Freddie King (yes, he’s playing both places!). He’s the star of an issue devoted to “down home New Orleans blues,” [...]

Obituary: Bobby “Blue” Bland (January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013)

Bobby “Blue” Bland, the greatest blues singer of the last three generations, died peacefully at his home in Memphis surrounded by family. He was 83. Although his recordings never “crossed over,” as did those of his contemporaries B.B. King and Ray Charles, in the African-American community Bland was The Man. Born Robert Calvin Bland on [...]

Jazz guitarist Steve Blailock dies at 69

Steve Blailock, a consummate guitarist and banjo player who was a fixture on the New Orleans jazz scene for some two decades, died on July 19, 2013 in Pearland, Texas. Police allege that Blailock shot his wife, Jing Blailock, and then turned the gun on himself. He was 69. Blailock was a native of McComb, [...]

Carol Fran To Play Rare Show at Snug Harbor

A longtime jewel of Louisiana music, soul and blues singer/pianist Carol Fran seldom appears in New Orleans nowadays. But she’ll hit town next weekend for two shows at Snug Harbor Saturday night, July 27 . At both shows she’ll be backed up by Davell Crawford and his band; the two have been friends since Crawford’s young [...]

73 year old soul-rock legend Lester Chambers assaulted by woman during concert

Last Saturday evening, not long before the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida was announced July 13, blues and psychedelic soul-rock artist Lester Chambers was attacked on stage during the Russell City Blues Festival in Hayward, CA where he was performing. The 73 year old Chambers had just dedicated Curtis Mayfield’s 1965 anthem [...]

RIP Bobby “Blue” Bland, friend of New Orleans

One of the finest voices the blues has known, Bobby “Blue” Bland died last Sunday at age 83. Sometimes called the Sinatra of the blues, Bland projected a similar class and elegance even when getting lowdown. He was long known for the emotional power of his vocals, not to mention the sex appeal evinced in [...]

Ponderosa Stomp Adds Swamp Dogg, Chris Montez

The Ponderosa Stomp has announced two additions to its October lineup, both Stomp debuts: Southern soul maverick Swamp Dogg and “Let’s Dance” hitmaker Chris Montez. For those who share the Stomp’s love for unsung rock & soul heroes, both are big news. Both will appear on the first night of the Stomp, October 4 at [...]

Backbeat Gets Botanical at Sunday Garden Party Season Finale with Eric Lindell and Colin Lake

On Sunday, June 9, the New Orleans Botanical Garden and the Backbeat Foundation hosts their monthly Garden Party, which will feature live performances from local blues-rockers Eric Lindell and Colin Lake on the Robert B. Haspel Garden Stage. This Garden Party will be the last of 2013, so if you’ve missed the others, this is [...]