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Various Artists, Travailler, C’est Trop Dur: The Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent (Swallow Records)

About the time you’d think all of the discoveries in Cajun music had been made, along comes obscure balladeer Caesar Vincent (1882–1970) with his encyclopedic repertoire of ancient French songs. […]

Spencer Bohren, Makin’ It Home to You (Valve Records)

They call him the storyteller. Spencer Bohren has been plying his trade as a New Orleans–based singer-songwriter, guitarist and sometimes bandleader over the last 40 years. Somewhere during that run […]

The Revivalists Take Good Care (Loma Vista)

To get the obvious question out of the way: Does the Revivalists’ fourth album have another “Wish I Knew You” on it? And the answer is, sure: The two advance […]

Various Artists, Live at Little Gem Saloon: Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years (Basin Street Records)

The beauty of this album is that it’s the real deal, which also accurately describes the musicians as well as Basin Street Records, a New Orleans label through and through. […]

Tom Hook, “62” (Arbors Records)

Tom Hook’s 62 evokes a night in the American Camelot—Kennedy in the White House, Sinatra at the Sands, Joe Turner in New Orleans, Louis Prima and Keely Smith everywhere—a world […]

Future Cowboys, “Going Kamikaze” (Pantherburn)

Future Cowboys co-stars New Orleans singer-songwriter-actor Jamie Bernstein (Preacher, Scream Queens) and his New York collaborators Eren Cannata and Miguel Oliveira. The trio recorded the six-song EP, Going Kamikaze, in […]

The Wanting, “Dark Road” (Planetary Magnetics)

While Dark Road is their debut release, The Wanting have already garnered considerable attention in their hometown New Orleans with a performance at this year’s Crescent City Blues & BBQ […]

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music Jazz Orchestra, “The Silverbook Project Vol. 1” (Independent)

In many ways, this impeccably performed collection of material stands as a tribute to the late Harold Battiste, a saxophonist, composer and educator and a man with a vision of […]

The Quickening, “Begin Again” (Independent)

The Quickening is another in a long line of stellar funk bands to come out of New Orleans, and while they mine that deep well of classic New Orleans funk, […]

Jon Hatchett Band, “Mother Nature Wins Again” (Independent)

A native of Massachusetts, Hatchett’s been kicking around New Orleans since 2009. In 2014, the Jon Hatchett Band debuted at Rock ’n’ Bowl. Hatchett describes his country-psychobilly sound as “spiderbilly.” […]