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Chris Champagne, “Secret New Orleans” (Jonglez Publishing)

This is a most unusual travel book: a guide for New Orleanians who’ve lived here for decades. There are 113 places listed; I’ve lived here 34 years and have been […]

Jack Sullivan, “New Orleans Remix” (University Press of Mississippi)

When you pass a mirror, it’s hard to not look at your reflection. It’s human nature to be curious about what others see when they look at us. New Orleans […]

Grayson Capps, “Scarlett Roses” (Royal Potato Family)

After a six-year absence, Grayson Capps has returned with what is arguably his best outing yet. Scarlett Roses features a core band of Capps on vocals, guitar and harmonica; Corky […]

Mike Harvey’s Hot Club, “Mike Harvey’s Hot Club” (Independent)

The Courtyard Kings have held down Thursdays at Bacchanal for over 10 years. As of last year the band no longer exists but former members have split into different bands. […]

Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, “Farewell, Alligator Man” (Valcour Records)

Grand Ole Opry star and Mamou native Jimmy C. Newman (1927–2014) enjoyed a fruitful, eight-decade country music career that incorporated his Cajun identity into his music. This heartfelt tribute is […]

Marcus Roberts Trio, “Trio Crescent – Celebrating Coltrane” (J-Master Records)

Pianist Marcus Roberts, leading his longtime trio with bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, revisits one of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane’s recording masterpieces, 1964’s Crescent. They perform the entirety […]

Fortifiers, “Live” (Independent)

Louisiana has produced some of the world’s best harmonica players, and legends like Little Walter, Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo live on in recordings like Live by the Fortifiers. On […]

Noggin, “Lizard Brain” (Independent)

Noggin’s new album, Lizard Brain, is a fun house of musical influences: You never know what’s going to jump out and you’ll be surprised at what does. Genre-bending doesn’t even […]

Ernest Scott, “Bridging the Gap” (Breezy Hill Records)

It was nearly 26 years ago that songwriter Dan Tyler set in motion a course of action that would finally lead to the release of Bridging the Gap. Now, after […]

J.J. Caillier, “Bad as I Wanna Be” (Caillier Records)

Ever since Boozoo Chavis and Beau Jocque staged their faux zydeco battle in 1994, over-the-top self-promotion hype has become the norm, which adds to the spirit of zydeco. J.J. Caillier’s […]