Tag Archives: Johnny Adams

Jon Cleary and Nigel Hall Pay Tribute to Bobby Womack

The passing of soul music legend Bobby Womack on Friday, June 27, 2014, sent shock waves throughout the musical world. In his 70 years of life, Womack influenced countless music fans and musicians, especially those who were lucky enough to see him perform live. Two of those devotees – Jon Cleary and Nigel Hall – [...]

Various Artists, The South Side of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles, 1967-1976 (Omnivore Records)

Getting a CD (double, no less) like this unexpectedly in the mail to review really makes my week. Minaret was briefly a busy Southern soul label that was an offshoot of Playground Studio on Florida’s gulf coast in Valparaiso. (Johnny Adams recorded there in the early 1970s.) Distributed nationally by SSS (a Shelby Singleton Corporation), [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 35): Walter Wolfman Washington, Soul Shepherd

Long before his trademark howl echoed in the Crescent City’s streets, Walter “Wolfman” Washington was a hungry, young guitarist cutting his teeth on the Dew Drop Inn stage. In the mid-Sixties, he fell in line with New Orleans soul-funk pioneer Lee Dorsey and found his strut, stirring “Ride Your Pony’s” slinky groove with his stinging [...]

Louisiana Music Timeline: January 5

January 5 1929: Happy Birthday to Ernest Joseph Thomas, known as Tabby Thomas, born in Baton Rouge. 1932: Birth of vocalist Lathan John Adams, known as Johnny Adams, born in New Orleans 1934: Birth of fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux, born in Ridge 1944: Birth of singer Lil’ Alfred, born Alfred Babino, in Lake Charles

The BEAT Goes On: A 25 Year Retrospective of OffBeat Magazine

OffBeat Magazine, the foremost authority on Louisiana music and one of the world’s longest-running jazz and roots music publications, celebrates its 25th anniversary with this issue. Here, we give a pithy history of how the publication grew in tandem with the popularity of the city and state of Louisiana’s music scene as it recaptured the [...]

For the Record: Spinning Through a Quarter Century of Album Reviews

These are not selected as the best records of each year but as a record that represented the year in New Orleans music and which was written about in OffBeat. Some of the selections were difficult simply because local releases were largely ignored in the early years of the magazine. What I like about this [...]

Obituary: Larry Hamilton (1951-2011)

Larry Hamilton, a singer/songwriter who might be best known for a self-titled 1997 NYNO CD produced by Allen Toussaint, died December 28, 2011. Born in Galveston, Texas, March 23, 1951, he moved to New Orleans as a youth. At the age of seven, he began taking piano lessons with Ray Charles as his major influence. [...]

February 2012 Letters

JOHNNY AND SCOTT I first came across OffBeat back in the 1990s. I had discovered this new singer,

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Business Award: Scott Billington

It’s hard to explain what Scott Billington has meant to New Orleans and Louisiana music in the past two plus decades. These following words must suffice: Classified. Give Him Cornbread. Funk is in the House. Irma Thomas. Tangle Eye. Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas. The Houseman Cometh. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band [...]

A Homegrown Christmas

New Orleans and Louisiana have produced more Christmas music than people realize. Here are the highlights, all of which are available at Louisiana Music Factory or online music services: Johnny Adams: Christmas in New Orleans (Mardi Gras): Adams is still in fine voice late in his career, and his “Sleigh Bells” is one of the [...]