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Ann Wilson talks back

In the 1970s, hard rock music was a boys’ club. Girls weren’t supposed to rock. But Ann and Nancy Wilson, two talented, determined sisters from Seattle, smashed the stereotype. The […]

Brian Blade talks back

“Sometimes I think New Orleans might as well be Paris,” says Brian Blade, 46, a Shreveport native who moved back to his hometown some three and a half years ago. […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award: Detroit Brooks

When Detroit Brooks walks through a door—of a church, a club, a coffeehouse—he’s greeted with smiles, hugs, handshakes and kisses. Though the New Orleans native is renowned as a fine […]

Jim James talks back

“You can talk about it all you want, but what you gonna do? Time’s your oyster, the grave is always getting closer,” sings Jim James on “We Ain’t Getting Any […]

Bonnie Raitt talks back

Bonnie Raitt scooped up her tenth overall career Grammy award, for best Americana album, with 2012’s Slipstream, her first studio release since 2005. Celebrated by critics as one of the […]

Taj Mahal talks back

The name of musician Taj Mahal can bring to mind any number of tunes, genres or instruments, depending on what period of his over five-decade career made a memorable impact […]

Aaron Neville talks back

The year 2016 represents many milestones for Aaron Neville. The legendary New Orleans vocalist released his 17th album, Apache, which stands as his first product to feature songs primarily coming […]

Lawrence Cotton talks back

Pianist Lawrence Cotton rightfully calls his band, which will be performing at the Satchmo SummerFest on Saturday, August 5, the Legendary Experience. Cotton, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on […]

Leyla McCalla talks back

Leyla McCalla, a singing, songwriting cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, once aspired to being a classical musician laboring in the rarified world of chamber music. She […]

Chris Robinson

It’s been over 50 years since bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company burst out of the San Francisco scene, taking the lead […]