Tag Archives: singer/songwriter

Obituary: Gary Hirstius (1956-2012)

Kim Carson was playing her Monday gig at Kerry Irish Pub on a stifling night in late May when she offered a tribute to her departed friend Gary Hirstius. Carson began to sing “Missing You” but she couldn’t choke back her emotions. She never finished singing the words, ending with a heart-wrenching harmonica solo as [...]

Gary Hirstius Visitations Thursday and Friday

Singer/songwriter, guitarist, private investigator and New Orleans native Gary Bruce Hirstius passed away on Friday, May 25 at his home in Metairie. A visitation for Hirstius will be held at the Leitz Egan Funeral Home on Thursday, May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., and a second will take place the next day, Friday, June [...]

The Hobart Brothers and Lil’ Sis: Welcome to the Machine

Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill have acclaimed solo careers, but in their debut as the Hobart Brothers and Lil’ Sis, they were average. “It was our first time playing together,” Cowsill says. They had recorded their album, At Least We Have Each Other, a year earlier, but they’d never played live together, [...]

Quiet Time at the Red Dragon Listening Room in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the musical no man’s land between funky New Orleans and canaille Lafayette. It has one thing neither city has—the Red Dragon Listening Room—a venue concept that will never make it in Uptown New Orleans or in the Hub City because it’s a club that is not designed to make a profit, ever. [...]

Erin McKeown Plugs in for Acoustic Cafe

Ironically, there won’t be an acoustic guitar at tonight’s Acoustic Cafe Evening Tour. Carrie Rodriguez will sport an electric mandolin, a violin, and perhaps even whip out her fiddle to showcase her tremendous fiddling skills. Erin McKeown will play an electric guitar. While the show is too structured to be a jam session, it will [...]

YouTube du Jour: Kristin Diable

Tonight, Kristin Diable, Alex McMurray and Amy Speace from Boston launch the New Orleans Speakeasy Songwriter Revue at Three Muses at 7 p.m. Here’s Diable at d.b.a. singing “Be My Husband.”

Julia Lashae, Eadem Mutato Resurgo (Independent)

The title phrase—if you substitute “mutata” for “mutato”—translates in Latin to “Although changed, I shall arise the same,” and Julia Lashae embodies that thought. For the occasion, the jazz vocalist has turned her attention from canonical standards to more singer/songwriterly material, and even though the change has consequences, ultimately the results are very Lashae. The [...]

Alex McMurray: Train Whistles and Flies’ Wings

Although New Orleans has a reputation as a brass/jazz/funk playground, it has been a home to songwriters since the beginning of the 20th Century. From Clarence Williams to Jelly Roll Morton to Dave Bartholomew, from Allen Toussaint and Earl King to more recent tunesmiths such as Paul Sanchez, Anders Osborne and Ed Volker, there’s a [...]