Recorded music review

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New music spotlight: Miss MEC

Tue, 01/05/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans is rich with stirring female vocalists these days and here's a new one to add to the list-- Miss MEC released her first solo EP, So Damn True, in December. Miss MEC, also known as Michelle Cunningham, has a voice well-suited for the 1950s and '60s-inspired music... Read more

New music spotlight: Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Mon, 12/28/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns have done it again on their latest, Bad Kids Club, led by Lake's powerful, passionate voice. Lake and her band got their start playing on Royal Street, then moved into the clubs, and now frequently tour Europe, performing in front of sol... Read more

Holiday Music, New Orleans Style

Sun, 12/20/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Put a New Orleans spin on your holiday season this year with these festive songs from New Orleans musicians! A brief mix of old favorites and tunes/versions new in 2015. Irvin Mayfield "A New Orleans Christmas" free download from Basin Street Records Kermit Ruffins "Have ... Read more

New music spotlight: Charlie Halloran & the Quality 6

Tue, 12/15/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Traditional jazz is alive and well in today's New Orleans, and Charlie Halloran & the Quality 6 are some of the top purveyors. Released in November, their self-titled album is deeply steeped in tradition and that special New Orleans sound. The group is led by trombonist Cha... Read more

New music spotlight: Painted Honey

Tue, 12/08/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Painted Honey formed in 2014 out of New Orleans' 9th Ward. They recently released their first album, Turquoise Roads. Creating a visceral landscape of sound, writer and visionary MaeDea weaves the heartbeats of two influential cities. New Orleans' street harmonies enter twi... Read more

New music spotlight: Brint Anderson

Tue, 12/01/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
What's old is new again on Brint Anderson's homage to the late, great Earl King. Anderson's new CD, Covered In Earl, lays out fourteen of King's tracks with aplomb. The instantly recognizable hits are there ('Trick Bag,' 'Come On, Let The Good Times Roll,' 'The Things That ... Read more

New music spotlight: Nigel Hall

Sun, 11/29/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans soul singer Nigel Hall released his latest album, "Ladies and Gentlemen... Nigel Hall" earlier this month on Feel Music Group/Round Hill Music. Hall displays incredible range throughout the album, which is full of Hall's signature smooth vocals and keyboard skil... Read more

New music spotlight: The Session

Tue, 11/17/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Session, a New Orleans-based contemporary jazz quintet, released their sophomore album, Live from Snug Harbor, earlier this year. The group decided that the best representation of their sound would be captured by recording live and, based on this album, it seems they we... Read more

New music spotlight: Haruka Kikuchi

Mon, 11/16/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Trombonist Haruka Kikuchi and her band landed in the WWOZ studios last Friday morning for an electrifying set on Keith Hill's Traditional jazz show and had the whole staff dancing. Kikuchi shared three songs from her brand new CD, Music Granola, with the WWOZ audience. Kik... Read more

New music spotlight: WWOZ #43 "Anytime and Anywhere"

Tue, 11/03/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Each membership drive, WWOZ puts out a new CD with some of the best sounds of New Orleans and where we've been this year. CD #43, Anytime and Anywhere, is truly one of the finest we've put together yet, filled with rip-roaring music from local and national acts recorded liv... Read more

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