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Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., arguably the greatest ambassador of New Orleans music, one of the founders of rhythm and blues, as well as rock ’n’ roll, died peacefully while in […]

Celebrating 30 Years Of OffBeat: “Backtalk with Earl King,” 2002

OffBeat Magazine is celebrating 30 years and reached that milestone with our November 2017 issue. To mark the anniversary, OffBeat will re-publish excerpts from features and interviews from the past […]

Lil Bob and the Lollipops, “Sweet Soul Swinger… & The Jin Singles” (Jin)

File this one in the category of Bayou Soul. Opelousas’ Camille “Lil” Bob was a singer/drummer whose horn-laden band worked the South Louisiana club/prom circuit, often playing seven nights a […]

Floyd’s Record Shop Is Back

Once Louisiana’s longest tenured record retailer, Ville Platte’s legendary Floyd’s Record Shop is now Louisiana’s newest music retailer. Say what? It’s true, mes amis. Floyd’s original shop opened in 1956 […]

Johnny J and the Hipshots, “Below the Bible Belt” (Tall Tail)

On Johnny J’s previous effort, in the review this scribe posted, I recommended he immediately take a lengthy trip to the county farm, get periodic electric shock treatments and extensive […]

Various Artists, “Bluesin’ by the Bayou – Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry” (Ace Records)

This CD marks at least a dozen releases in Ace’s “by the Bayou” series. This time there’s more blues in the swamplands and East Texas. These releases all have a […]

Various Artists, “Swamp Pop by the Bayou: Let’s Get Together Tonight” (Ace Records)

This is the eighth release in this series of Ace CDs celebrating the indigenous rock ’n’ roll and R&B of South Louisiana and East Texas. Among the 28 rare and […]

Rewind: Johnny J. and the Hitmen, “Nuclear Hayride”

“The Hitmen were Dave Clements (bass) and Joey Torres (drums). We recorded that album in the later part of 1984 and it came out in January of 1985. We were […]

REWIND: Various Artists, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” (Mardi Gras Records)

Warren Hildebrand hits rewind on the compilation Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which introduced New Orleans Mardi Gras music to the world. “This Mardi Gras is more-or-less the 40th anniversary […]

Gene & Eddie, “True Enough: Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe At Ru-Jac” (Omnivore)

During the ’60s—the golden age of soul music—there was a plethora of male duos that lit up the R&B charts. Sam & Dave (who worked just as hard as James […]