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Boozoo Chavis

These days, talking with Boozoo Chavis — whose 1954 single “Paper in My Shoe” has been called the “first-ever zydeco hit” — is like talking to Muhammed Ali and Little […]

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur is excited. Her new Telarc release, Fanning the Flames, (which was recorded in Louisiana at Dockside Studios) has just debuted on Billboard’s Blues charts in the good company […]

Geno Delafose

At 25 years of age, Geno Delafose is one of the few second-generation zydeco musicians to find himself following successfully in his father’s footsteps. Yet not only has he followed […]

Charmaine Neville

           If New Orleans can be described as a city at once downhome and cosmopolitan, perhaps no performer more embodies this paradox than Charmaine Neville.  This is a woman who […]

Terence Blanchard

A very ordinary looking Fed-ex parcel stood on the porch of Terence Blanchard’s lovely Garden District home on a bright, unusually mild June morning. I soon discovered, however, upon handing […]