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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Cypress Grove (Easy Eye Sound)

Mississippi’s Jimmy “Duck” Holmes plays the raw country blues style identified most famously with his Bentonia bluesmen predecessors, Skip James and Jack Owens. Bentonia musicians tune the open strings of […]

Dr. Michael Torregano, Morning Inspiration (KWS/Concord)

Like so many New Orleans musicians, Dr. Michael Torregano covers the stylistic waterfront. His influences include Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners and Michael Jackson as well as Oscar Peterson, […]

Yvette Landry discovers Warren Storm in a new book and CD

In southwest Louisiana, the singing, drumming godfather of swamp pop is a local celebrity. Warren Storm’s fans include Yvette Landry, the swamp pop and Cajun musician who’s written a new […]

Widespread Panic at UNO Lakefront Arena

Widespread Panic will perform October 31-November 2 at the UNO Lakefront Arena. When illness forces both the Rolling Stones and their last-minute replacement, Fleetwood Mac, to cancel their appearances at […]

Terence Blanchard talks back

In June, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it will stage an opera by an African-American composer for the first time in the company’s 163-year history. New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence […]

Hank Williams, The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (BMG)

In October, Hank Williams’ Health & Happiness radio program turns 70. Time and the decades of country music that trailed the hillbilly Shakespeare’s brief career haven’t dimmed his heartache. In […]

Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie, What Had Happened Was…

Irreverent and risqué, Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie twirls traditional jazz on its venerated head. Led by singer, trumpeter and educator Dr. Brice Miller, Twisted Dixie bills itself as America’s funkiest […]

Solid As A Rock: Roland Guerin is not waiting for a stamp of approval

Roland Guerin keeps good company. A master of six-string bass, he put the bottom in Allen Toussaint’s band during the composer-pianist-producer’s second act as a world-traveling concert artist. Guerin spent […]

Little Steven Van Zandt talks back

After press time, Steven Van Zandt announced the cancellation of his upcoming tour, due to sinusitis. He will no longer appear in New Orleans on October 1, 2019, as previously […]

Michael Murphy’s Up from the Streets premieres at the New Orleans Film Festival

Michael Murphy’s new film distills New Orleans’ deep, diverse musical culture into a packed 103-minutes. Featuring local stars and international names Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Sting, Up from the […]