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Bookmark: Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story

The Perfect Weekend Read     If you’ve subscribed to, or even randomly leafed through, a couple of issues of Living Blues in the last few decades, undoubtedly you’ve perused […]

Cousin Joe, James Booker and Snooks Eaglin, Rhapsody in Bronze (504 Records)

Pure New Orleans Genius   This gem of an album represents three previously unreleased “short sessions” by a trio of this city’s legendary artists: vocalist Cousin Joe (Pleasant Joseph), pianist/vocalist […]

Watermelon Slim, Church of the Blues (Independent)

His given name is William P. Homans III. He calls himself Watermelon Slim. Born into a Boston blueblood family, Homans left the privileged life he seemed destined to enjoy. He […]

The Amazing Nuns, Chicken Little Was Right (Independent)

Lafayette cult band the Amazing Nuns are practically a Hub City institution given their 17-year existence and 6-album discography. Ironically it wasn’t until 2014’s In Paradise that the Amazing Nuns […]

The Dirty Rain Revelers, Spark (Independent)

Gently floating, half-asleep, somewhere between Mazzy Star’s So Tonight That I Might See, the Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Session, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand is this album, […]

Roderick Harper, Perfect Imperfections (Independent)

A vocalist since early childhood, Roderick Harper sings with elegance and ease. The Washington, D.C., native studied jazz with the late Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge as […]

Dale Watson, Call Me Lucky (Compass Records)

You can’t fault Dale Watson’s credibility as a rock-ribbed country traditionalist. Born into poverty, on the road at 14, owner of not one but two honky-tonks, he even drives a […]

Kris Tokarski, Ragtime – New Orleans Style, Vol. 2 (Big Al Records)

Most of the traditional jazz players in New Orleans try and reproduce the music from the ’10s through ’40s by emulating that music as closely as possible, rhythmically, harmonically and […]

Big Al and the Heavyweights, World Full of Trouble (EllerSoul Records)

Despite its title, Big Al and the Heavyweights’ latest is the CD that care forgot (sorry), a collection of exactly the sane kind of goodtime blues you’ve come to expect […]

Jacye, That Was Then (Crazy Chester Records)

Jacye Guerin, a skilled songwriter and passionate singer from Plaquemine in Iberville Parish, goes all out for her album debut. That Was Then presents 13 mostly Southern soul–style original songs […]