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Don’t be Afraid

I highly recommend Tami Neilson’s album “Don’t be Afraid” which I’ve been listening to for the past week after having seen her blistering live performance. The album’s been out for a couple of years: exclaim! and BluesBlast pretty much get her authentic talent. For me it’s the lovely seamless blend of gospel, country, soul and rockabilly: all the…

New York restaurant with NOLA flair

Paul Gerard interview. The Braiser: I fricken’ love anything that has to do with New Orleans; I lived there for a while. I think anyone who’s stayed there for a while gets homesick afterwards, and just gravitates towards anything relating to New Orleans. Paul Gerard: It’s so true. You know the song, “You Know What…

Herb Hardesty @ Jazz Fest

The very excellent Keith Spera reports on day 2: Hardesty is best known for his many decades in the Fats Domino band. His tenor is featured on the original recordings of many Domino classics, “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Ain’t That a Shame” among them. As Domino’s bandleader, Hardesty was known for his explosive, acrobatic solos.…

Louis Prima Fest

Louis Prima honored with his own New Orleans music and food festival. Louis is one of those people who along with Pops and Fats just put me in a good mood immediately. lena primaLouis Primanew orleansNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival