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New music spotlight: Jon Cleary

Tue, 08/11/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Jon Cleary's new album, Go Go Juice, is out this Friday, August 14. Recorded at Dockside Studios in rural Maurice, Louisiana, and finished at Cleary's own spot in the Bywater, the record is a great snapshot of the funky and soulful side of the Crescent City today. Cleary h... Read more

Morning Set 08/10/15

Mon, 08/10/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Lift Every Voice And Sing Underground Horns 04:02 Big Beat 2015/8/10 06:01:10 2 I Remember Clifford Lee Morgan 07:09 The Best Of Lee Morgan [Bonus Tracks] 2015/8/10 06:05... Read more

Terence Blanchard: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 08/10/15
Authored by David Stafford
On Breathless (2015), Terence Blanchard serves up "a sound different from the left-center jazz quintet he leads: something overtly funky, with electric bass and guitar and processing and human voices and dance grooves." The recording, three songs from which you can hear in ... Read more

Mardi Gras Indian Fair Use Campaign Launches

Sat, 08/08/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
This week is Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Celebration Week, a time dedicated to honoring the Mardi Gras Indian tradition and taking a closer look at the community's achievements over the past year. This year, the Hall of Fame is taking special effort to address an issue t... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 08/08/15

Sat, 08/08/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 It may sound silly Gladstone Anderson & Muddies 02:57 It may sound silly - Moodisc LP 2015/8/7 22:05:24 2 unhappy people Carl bean & universal love 04:51 All we need is love... Read more

Junior Walker & the Allstars, "Shotgun"

Fri, 08/07/15
Authored by David Stafford
Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr (1931–1995), native of Blytheville, Arkansas, is better known as Junior Walker of Motown legends Junior Walker & the All Stars. Here they are with "Shotgun", a 1965 cut that spent four weeks at number 1 on the R&B Singles chart.  Read more

Seva Venet and the Storyville String Band, "Royal St Blues"

Wed, 08/05/15
Authored by David Stafford
Seva Venet and the Storyville String Band, play "Royal St Blues" live at Basin Street Station in January 2015. Recorded by the WWOZ Video Crew.  Read more

New music spotlight: Greg Schatz

Tue, 08/04/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Multi-instrumentalist Greg Schatz puts a funky twist on the blues in his new album Everything That You Wanted, out now on Hot Spazz Records. The album features easygoing Southern sounds on tracks like, "It's A Beautiful Day" and "Just Along For The Ride." It forays into blu... Read more

88th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions

Tue, 08/04/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
This week marks the 88th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, the historic week and a half at the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a town called Bristol which launched the careers of two of country music's most influential artists: the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. O... Read more

Howlin' Wolf, "Smokestack Lightning", 1964

Mon, 08/03/15
Authored by David Stafford
The late great Howlin' Wolf (born 1910 as Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi) doing "Smokestack Lightning" at the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival, a show that toured Europe as an annually during the 1960s. Other performers included blues greats Muddy Waters... Read more

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