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February 2012 Letters

JOHNNY AND SCOTT I first came across OffBeat back in the 1990s. I had discovered this new singer,

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Business Award: Scott Billington

It’s hard to explain what Scott Billington has meant to New Orleans and Louisiana music in the past two plus decades. These following words must suffice: Classified. Give Him Cornbread. Funk is in the House. Irma Thomas. Tangle Eye. Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas. The Houseman Cometh. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band [...]

Porter Robinson: Teenage Tiesto

While only being on the electronic music scene for one year, nineteen-year-old Porter Robinson has already played next to DJs like Tiesto, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, and Dada Life, and has performed at festivals like Electronic Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas to crowds of 30,000+. “My goal was to make cool songs—that was it. I never [...]

YouTube du Jour: Pete Anderson

Pete Anderson made his name as the guitar player and producer for Dwight Yoakam, but he has also established a solo career playing roots rock that draws on country, blues, rockabilly, Tex-Mex and more. He has released four albums on his own including the most recent, 2010′s excellent Even Things Up. Tonight, he plays Chickie [...]

UK DJ/Producer Star Slinger at One Eyed Jacks: Ticket Giveaway

In the past year, DJ and producer Star Slinger has been exhilarating the UK with his ultra-slick remixes inspired by house music, Motown and Southern soul, and has recently been crossing over to audiences in the States. He released his debut single, “Dumbin’”, in September with record label Green Label Sound. The track captures his [...]

Obituary: Wardell Quezergue (1930-2011)

On the bright late summer morning of September 12 the crème fraiche façade of Corpus Christi-Epiphany Church gleamed optimistically amid this still-blighted Seventh Ward neighborhood along St. Bernard Avenue. Inside the packed church, many of the surviving players from the glory days of New Orleans R&B gathered to send off Wardell Quezergue, an arranger so [...]

Wardell Quezergue, R&B Great, Dies at 81

New Orleans arranger, producer and bandleader Wardell Quezergue passed away this morning at East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie at age 81 from congestive heart failure. Mr. Quezergue had been in failing health for many years, but was continuing to work as an arranger up until last week. Quezergue arranged and produced many soul and R&B [...]

Various Artists, The Big Beat: The Dave Bartholomew Songbook (Ace Records)

Initially, this one blew me away, but this could have been so much better. There’s no way to understate Dave Bartholomew’s contribution to popular music, so many musicians are included to demonstrate the breadth of his influence. Local favorites are naturally included. Smiley, Fats, Bobby Mitchell, Roy Brown, the Pelicans, as well as Shirley and [...]

Elespee & Prospek, The Trip EP (Guerilla Publishing Co.)

On their latest collaboration, rapper Elespee and producer Prospek set off on a hallucinogenic trek through the decadent and depraved streets of New Orleans. The aptly-titled The Trip EP plays like a hip-hop homage to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—a streetwise journey to the heart of the Hip-Hop Dream. All 10 [...]

Best of the Beat Music Business Award: Johnny Palazzotto

“My instructions were to go to the airport to pick him up, and whatever Son House told me to do, I did. The first thing we did was he said to hit the liquor store.” The setting was Los Angeles, 1971, and Johnny Palazzotto was 23 years-old, just embarking on a lifelong career of taking [...]