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Chas Justus & the Jury, Chas Justus & the Jury (Black Pot Records)

In the Spirit of Bob Wills   When the reign of the western swing-centric Red Stick Ramblers ended and the next-gen band the Revelers launched with a completely different format, […]

Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives, Home by the Sea (Independent)

Of the seemingly infinite list of local talents somehow excluded from Jazz Fest’s regular roster of Louisiana musicians invited to play the Fair Grounds, guitar shredder Billy Iuso and his […]

Brittany Purdy, Welcome to Sazaraz (Independent)

Welcome to Sazaraz, the debut EP from Brittany Purdy, has a lot to say, especially considering its short run time. A New York native calling New Orleans home since 2013, […]

Horace Trahan, Until the End (Independent)

Until the End marks the final chapter of Horace Trahan’s conceptual trilogy that began with 2010’s Keep Walking and continued with 2012’s All the Way. The title track cleverly concatenates […]

Tephra Sound, Horizon (Independent)

Last March, cellist Helen Gillet convened some of the most talented voices in creative music working in and around New Orleans today to record her Tephra Sound project. They arguably […]

Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band, Return of the King (Soulwood Records)

After two consecutive live albums, Keith Frank delivers his first studio release in six years, a dense 20-track, 76-minute affair that’s his most provocative yet. While there are the familiar […]

The Junior League, Eventually Is Now (Independent)

Recording as the Junior League, Eventually Is Now is the latest release from Joe Adragna. Eventually Is Now is sometimes lush and experimental, but in all the right ways. Where […]

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume 1 (Album Review)

The heavyweight champion of rocking, brassy NOLA funk, “Big” Sam Williams years ago shed the type of pounds that inspired his nickname and replaced them with those of chiseled muscle. […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington My Future Is My Past (ANTI- Records)

The title of the great New Orleans guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s latest release, My Future Is My Past, tells a lot about the philosophical tone of the album. […]

Marcia Ball, Shine Bright (Alligator Records)

For the 15th album of her illustrious career, Marcia Ball enlists Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) to handle the production, and one listen proves that was a wise decision. Recorded in […]