Since 1978 I've cycled in and out of hosting radio shows focusing on Americana music. The years have left me jaded about the self-aggrandizing promotion of commercial musicians. They come and they go and they're as boring as any commercially packaged product.
The New Orleans Fringe Festival, held each November, launches again tonight with a wide and varied selection of theater and performances. Fringe is a worldwide movement that was started in Scotland in 1947 when eight performing groups were excluded from the mainstream annual arts festival in Edinburgh.
Paramount records was integral to the development of jazz and blues music in the United States. Founded in 1917 as a furniture store that included phonograph players in their furniture sales, Paramount quickly morphed into one of the most important record labels in American history.