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Widespread Panic

For those of us who couldn’t catch the band at Jazz Fest here they are streamed from a few weeks ago, sans Bayou Lena (start time @ 24:30). Here is a nice write-up of their Jazz Fest appearance. In other news, Tom Jones showed up unannounced at Chickie Wah Wah joining expat Jon Cleary. And Bonerama…

Already Ready Already

The latest Galactic album dropped today. Here is a review in OffBeat. Here too is the band’s own blurb. You can listen to the album here. Amy Winehouse fans will enjoy this. Oh yes I forgot to mention that the album also features Princess Shaw, whose lovely story is documented here. (Princess Shaw tells me that…

Super Freak

Born on this day. It was about three in the morning. We had just put the horn parts on “Give It to Me Baby” when I was sitting in front of the console with my bass. I wasn’t trying to write. I was just noodling. This bass line came out of nowhere. Four descending notes.…

Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3

As usual AllMusic gets it. The deeply funky grooves are down to Chaz Jankel, quite possibly the UK’s greatest funkmeister. The Sly influence is palpable and as a consequence this is solid party music to ring in the new year. There is humor in this music in bushels. But all of that humor points to the heart…

NOLA music picks

Here are my favourites from this year’s releases. In effect, a masterclass by each. OffBeat reviews here and here. Cajuncountryfunkin businessLouisianamusicnew orleansShamarr AllensoulYvette Landry