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Rockie Charles, “Born For You” (Orleans Records)

“Wow, who is that?” was the reaction of many on first hearing Rockie Charles’ 1996 disc Born For You. The album, which is being re-released on CD and vinyl as […]

Louie Fontaine, “The Sun Ain’t Black” (Independent)

Sometimes losing a loved one can bring one full circle. In the case of Louie Fontaine, it was the 2010 death of close friend Rockie Charlies that would lead back […]

Bon Mot, “Cheap Drinks, Poor Lighting” (Proper Channels Music)

The simultaneous presentation of high and low fidelity permeates the debut solo release of MC Bon Mot, one-third of a group of underground local rappers and hip-hop producers called Proper […]

Toonces, “Milk For My Tears” (Independent)

It took over two years for the spastic six-piece Toonces to lay down their unique sound in an official album. And the resulting work definitely sounds like it’s trying to […]

John Fohl, “Hands On You” (Independent)

John Fohl came down from Montana in the old century and made himself an indispensable member of the New Orleans music community. His signature gig was a decade-plus-long residence at […]

Jamison Ross, “All For One” (Concord Jazz)

Expectations—rarely trust-worthy inclinations—were that as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Drums Competition, Jamison Ross would make his mark in jazz behind a drum set. Well, in […]

Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band “Melody Reimagined: book 1” (Basin Street Records)

Melodies suggest melodies that often lead to either new or familiar paths. Think of a song and the next thing you know it reminds you of another. Jason Marsalis uses […]

Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band, Self Titled (Paytone Records)

It’s difficult to effectively walk the line between modern jazz and gospel music in a way that comes across as genuine to both, but that’s exactly what Grayson Brockamp has […]

Revival!, “Now Is the Time” (Independent)

There is a quality to Southern rock music that gives it a constant upward current. The Allman Brothers Band had it. The Tedeschi Trucks Band has it. Revival! does too, […]

Keith Frank, “One Night at Cowboy’s” (Soulwood Records)

For the past several years, Keith Frank has celebrated his October birthday at Lafayette’s Cowboy’s Nightclub, so when it came time to record his third live album, Cowboy’s was a […]