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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 […]

BackTalk: Ernie K-Doe

Unlike so many knowledgeable New Orleans natives, this writer never had the pleasure of seeing Ernie K-Doe in his prime, but in the early ’60swhen he was cutting a succession […]

Nathan Williams, Michael Doucet and Dennis Paul Williams

Nathan Williams, Michael Doucet and Dennis Paul Williams   El Sid O’s on a recent Monday afternooN Signs of a successful weekend are still scattered around Sid Williams’ Lafayette nightclub. […]