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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

Cajun culture

Unsurprisingly, much like all the individually rich cultural streams that feed emergent Louisiana culture, music and food plays a profound role in Cajun culture. Look out for this documentary “On Va Continuer!” and explore this excellent guide to the Cajun Bayou country and especially the Food Trail. Cajungastronomylocalismlost bayou ramblersLouis MichotLouisianaroots music

Zydeco Breakfast

Looking forward to seeing this, indeed actually visiting Café Des Amis in Breaux Bridge  someday (H/T OffBeat). Louisianamusicroots musicTom Uhlzydecozydeco breakfast

Music from Big Pink

To commemorate Canada Day and exactly 50 years since the release of this all-time classic album on July 1, 1968: i.e. Canada Day. To my mind, The Band stand as the greatest “beat combo” of them all with roots extending from Acadia down to Acadiana and back again with so much more in-between — thereby hitting…

Deltaphonic on tour

Deltaphonic are on an extended tour. To my mind, they are one of the best things to have come out of NOLA of late (and that’s high praise indeed). The songwriting is incredibly mature and authentic and the musicianship compelling articulates that vibe. Don’t take my word for it: Kevin Quinet has warm words for them…

“Gatemouth”

Born on this day: the king of country-swing-blues-jazz. See The Guardian obit and AllMusic entry. It was good to see his longtime pianist Joe Krown on WWOZ yesterday. bluesClarence “Gatemouth” BrowncountryfiddleguitarJazzJoe KrownLouisianamusicSwing

The Radiators: Welcome to the Monkey House

Just released. Below is a sample of one of their party pieces “fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke” — a sentiment that seems appropos in light of recent events in the UK. Now in their 40th year here’s a write up commemorating their 20th anniversary. fishhead musicfunkLouisianamusicnew orleansRadiatorsswamp rock