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Fest Focus: Sonny Landreth

Sometime before dawn, a tugboat, regularly moves its freight up the darkened Vermilion River, south of Lafayette, inching through black woods and inky water. Then a lone red light is […]

Fest Focus: Randy Newman

Don’t remember much about my baby days But I been told We used to live on Willow in the Garden District Next to the Sugar Bowl – Randy Newman, “New […]

Fest Focus: Governor Jimmie Davis

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine … “   The song’s been covered by Lawrence Welk and Cowboy Mouth, Mitch Miller and Mitch Ryder, Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Willie […]

Fest Focus: The Band

When recent Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Band arrive for two Jazz Fest performances, drummer and lead vocalist Levon Helm will be commemorating an early, New Orleans-induced […]

Fest Focus: Wasserman/Weir

Busted down on Bourbon St. Set up like a bowling pin Knocked down, it gets to wearing thin They just won’t let you be The Grateful Dead, “Truckin’”   When […]

Fest Focus: Jon Cleary

Certain psychological camps claim that personality is a product of environment, but English piano maestro Jon Cleary is a damn strong argument that individual soul emerges from genetics. While growing […]