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Identity Crisis: Louisiana’s Guitar Gable Defends His Legacy

On 1956, Gabriel Perrodin, a native Bellevue, Louisiana, musician, traveled to Lake Charles to make a recording at Eddie Shuler’s Lake Charles studio. When the session didn’t come off as […]

Marva Wright, Bluesiana Mama (Aim)

This album from “The Blues Queen of New Orleans,” was recorded in Switzerland in 1994, and its domestic release is long overdue. Fans who’ve been hungering for the material Wright […]

Funky Four: The Neville Brothers Do Mardi Gras on Valence St.

“We’re the brothers/We’re the funky four/funk to the Valence/from the Calliope/like to sing and dance/in the neighborhood/we’re bad as lightning/and we’re loud as thunder/When you hear the Brothers/your body got […]

Mem Shannon Spends Some Time with Me & Andy J. Forest

When singer/songwriter/guitarist/taxi driver Mem Shannon released his debut CD A Cab Driver’s Blues in 1995, it marked the arrival of a major talent in contemporary blues. Yes, the inclusion of […]

Lazy Lester is All Over You

It’s been over two decades since Lazy Lester left Louisiana for Michigan, but the timeless harmonica-driven sound he forged for Excello Records in the mid-’50s and early ’60s still courses […]

Spencer Bohren, A Blues Jam Marathon & More

Where does the time go? Another year is coming to a close. Perhaps it’s a time for reflection, where we take a look at the last 364 days, and gaze […]

Levon Helm

As one of the founding members of The Band, Levon Helm helped rewrite rock and roll history. In one stretch from 1965-1969, Helm and his bandmates broke all the musical […]

B.B. King & More

“I’m now 73, and I’ve been in the business now over 50 years, so I’m still looking for things I haven’t done,” says B.B. King. Calling from a hotel in […]

Randy Newman

Singer/songwriter/composer Randy Newman has always been one of New Orleans’ favorite adopted sons, thanks to rich Louisiana-informed songs like “Dixie Flyer,” “New Orleans Wins the War,” “Louisiana 1927” and “Kingfish.” […]