Tag Archives: Shreveport

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 [...]

Super Water Sympathy Kick Off Tour at Howlin’ Wolf Friday

A half-naked child pouts by a gray river. Purple paint covers his bare torso. Rain mats his brown hair and his eyes blink away the falling drops of rain. The only noise is wind and the rushing waters. A young man stands beside him on the banks of the river. He wears glasses and the [...]

The First Heroine of Louisiana Music

I can’t remember when I first met Maggie Warwick, but it was probably around 1990, when I served on the advisory board of the Louisiana Music Commission, and she was one of the commissioners. I didn’t know the lady well then, but was impressed with her beauty, southern charm, obvious talent, and smarts. Maggie has [...]

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: His Fathers’ Son

Shreveport may be at the opposite end of Louisiana from New Orleans, but both cities play a part in the state’s rich musical heritage. The great blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Leadbelly was a formidable presence in Shreveport’s blues clubs during the 1920s, and the region has also been a home for blues musicians such as Jesse Thomas, [...]

Robert “1-String” Gibson: Jazz Fest Focus

A common complaint among authenticity seekers roaming the crossroads of the blues is that the music is too sanitized, too cleaned up. Not wild enough. This complaint will likely not be lodged against Robert “1-String” Gibson. The title of Robert “1-String” Gibson’s instrumental EP, Basically One String, is both modest and hyperbolic. There is no [...]

Brian Blade, Mama Rosa (Verve Forecast)

Shreveport drummer Brian Blade sets out to blend smooth Christian soft-rock with melodic blues vibes that attempts to carry listeners on a journey within their spirits for them to see the light and know the Lord, but sadly his message falls short. Mama Rosa starts out with Blade’s soft ethereal voice telling me to “sleep [...]

The Peekers, Life in the Air (Park the Van)

The Peekers, a six-piece band from Shreveport with a vintage sound impress with their decidedly eclectic and far reaching debut, Life in the Air. With infectious melodies, thoughtful lyrics and fine musicianship, the Peekers offer a guided tour of the mental and emotional state of love-sickness through vintage guitar-and-tambourine pop. Brittney Maddox, John Martin, and [...]

Wings Make the Man

There’s a strain of African-American gospel music indigenous to Louisiana in which loud electric guitars and rough-throated vocals dominate, with stomping rhythms and declamatory repetitions that sound like a sanctified blues or a proto rock ’n’ roll. Elder Utah Smith made that music—an electric guitar-toting evangelist of the Pentecostal faith Church of God in Christ [...]

Best of the Beat Music Business Award: Maggie Warwick

The 2008 Offbeat Lifetime Achievement in Music Business is being awarded this year to Shreveport legend and the Chairman of the Louisiana Music Commission, Maggie Warwick. This certainly marks the first time a recipient in this category is as well known as a performer and a songwriter as a business person, but she has been [...]

Johnny J & the Hitmen, Louisiana Rockabilly (Blue Viper)

The title of this one pretty much says it all as Johnny J tackles 12 classic rockabilly songs written or performed by Louisiana artists. The album was produced by Shreveport native, Dale Hawkins, who provided the opener, “Bang Bang,” which echoes of the late 1950s. Lake Charles’ Al Ferrier proves to be a big influence [...]