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Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces, Quelle Belle Journée (Independent)

  A mixture of sugar, bitters, whiskey and a twist of citrus rind, the Old Fashioned is a potent cocktail you don’t want to overindulge in if you want to […]

Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, Accordion Dragon (Independent)

As explained on the opening Chinese-themed “Intro” track, the dragon symbolizes prosperity, auspicious power and good fortune in East Asian culture. When it comes to zydeco accordionists, Corey Ledet is […]

Various Artists, Travailler, C’est Trop Dur: The Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent (Swallow Records)

About the time you’d think all of the discoveries in Cajun music had been made, along comes obscure balladeer Caesar Vincent (1882–1970) with his encyclopedic repertoire of ancient French songs. […]

My Music With fiddler David Greely

“I moved back to Louisiana about 1986–87. I had met Steve Riley and he used to sit in with me at lunch time at Mulate’s in Baton Rouge. We were offered […]

My Music: Chris Stafford of Feufollet

“I started with piano when I was super young. My mom realized I was interested in music so she put me in piano lessons. My teacher got frustrated with me because […]

Gal Holiday, “Lost & Found” (HTRP Music)

There’s a slight rebranding here, with the artist formerly known as Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue now simply billed as Gal Holiday. It’s an artistic shift, and other […]

Leftover Salmon, “Something Higher” (LoS Records)

Once the galaxy’s purveyor of “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass,” the Colorado-based Leftover Salmon has evolved light years beyond its 1989 bluegrass-rooted inception to become one of the most spirited, jovial bands […]

Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Live at El Sid O’s

  Hot on the heels of Lil’ Nathan’s late-2017 Unpaused release comes this CD/DVD recorded live at his uncle Sid Williams’ zydeco club. Comparatively speaking, these two releases are as […]

Dr. C & The Gris Gris, Hexes With Axes (Doctor C Music)

  Never try to outguess a band’s music solely based on its name. Dr. C & the Gris Gris isn’t the latest, emerging New Orleans–styled party funk bunch but rather […]

Keith Stone with Red Gravy, Blues with a Taste of New Orleans (Album Review)

  You can’t argue that New Orleans is world famous for its tantalizing cuisine, but as Keith Stone points out with his band moniker Red Gravy, there’s Italian–Creole cooking predicated […]