Tag Archives: country

Tipitina’s Night #2: Lucinda Finds Her Joy

The second night of Lucinda Williams’ two-night stand at Tipitina’s was all about Louisiana. Instead of playing the entire Rough Trade album plus bonus tracks, as she did on Sunday evening, she built the set list around her induction in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (which happened before the encore). Which meant she pulled [...]

Shreveport’s Kelcy Mae Competes in Pepsi’s “Gulf Coast Jam”

Singer/songwriter Kelcy Mae, an artist we’ve long admired here at OffBeat (and occasionally published as a freelance writer), is now a contestant in a national country/rock competition jointly sponsored by the Sonicbids website and Pepsi-Cola. All 24 artists hail from the Gulf Coast and are competing for the title of “Southern Original.” The winners will [...]

Teen Choice Award for Hunter Hayes

One-time child Cajun prodigy Hunter Hayes continues to rack up awards, and added to his list the title of Choice Male Country Artist in the 2013 Teen Choice Awards held in Universal City, California over the weekend. Now 21, the Breaux Bridge native recently went platinum with his self-titled major-label debut album and its single [...]

Bayou Country Superfest Schedule: Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts Headline

Bayou Country Superfest, the country music festival produced by Jazz Fest’s Festival Productions, takes place next weekend—Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27—at Baton Rouge’s LSU Tiger Stadium. Country superstars Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean headline the main stage in the stadium during the two nights. In addition, a second stage [...]

Hurray For the Riff Raff, Look Out Mama (Born to Win Records)

On Look Out Mama, Hurray for the Riff Raff expands its sonic palette while maintaining the simple, basic nature of their songs and lyrics. The band has added more percussion and touches of piano to the guitar and violin of their previous releases, fleshing out its sound (a bit—there’s still a lot of space between [...]

Tom Petty: Growing Up Petty

Johnny Cash once said that “Southern Accents” should be the new anthem of the South. Its author, Tom Petty, has been based in Los Angeles since 1975, but in recent years he has returned to his Southern roots. He grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and the band’s 2011 album, the bluesy MOJO, was cut live [...]

Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, Open Road (Independent)

Little things make a big difference with Christian Serpas and Ghost Town. Serpas can write the sort of clever song that no one in country has written in 20-plus years, generally with good, Beatles-esque pop sense. They’re not going to change the world, but they can be a lot of fun. When Ghost Town records [...]

Sir Patrick and the Swamp Bottom Boys, Sir Patrick and the Swamp Bottom Boys (Independent)

A great thing about Louisiana: across the state, everyday people play instruments for the entertainment of everyday people. America 2012, you can save your digital remove, your pretense of higher purpose, your caring government. Every Friday night, in countless dives and backyards in every wet parish, folks drink and dance under the same spell that [...]

YouTube du Jour: Rehab

Musicians routinely complain about record companies, radio stations and writers who focus on genres, and insist that music’s just music. That’s part of a complicated discussion, but bands such as Rehab suggest there’s some truth to it. The Georgia-based band mixes hip-hop, country and rock in a way that addresses what it’s like to be [...]

Jimmy C. Newman, Swamp Country (Independent)

When you’re an octogenarian with an illustrious, seven-decade career as a country-charting artist and a regional Cajun icon, you can pretty much do whatever you want at the twilight of your career. That’s what’s on tap here as Louisiana native son Jimmy C. Newman tackles swamp pop, having been inspired by Vin Bruce’s recent swamp [...]