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Bayou Maharajah (An Interview with Director Lily Keber)

RCR chats with the woman behind a fascinating doc about The Piano Prince of New Orleans, James Booker.

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Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack

Time for a re-post. This one will do just fine. Dr. John, the Night Tripper. Gris-gris man. Guru of hoodoo. Master of New Orleans rhythm and funk. With Dr. John, New Orleans native Mac Rebennack [...]

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Earl King: Let the Good Times Roll

It’s tempting to lump together “The Four Kings of Blues Guitar,” as an enterprising record label named a recent compilation featuring B.B., Albert, Freddie and Earl. But I’m not sure they [...]

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In Search of James Booker

Dr. John called him “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” Our Keyboard Correspondent, Brother Jack, offered his own appraisal of the great [...]

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Crescent City Classics

Now that I’ve got all that Fat Tuesday nonsense out of my system, let’s get right to it this week – a playlist featuring a few more nuggets from the golden years of New Orleans R&B. Let the [...]

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Fat Tuesday: Check Ur IQ at the Door

Here’s a New Orleans-favored soundtrack for your listening pleasure as you read: The Monkey/Walkin’ with Mr. Lee I have a confession to make: I failed several basic IQ tests on Fat Tuesday. [...]

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Dan Auerbach on Dr. John: Locked Down

Here’s a re-post in honor of two Grammy nominees – Dr. John and Dan Auerbach. (Update: Congrats to Dan for Producer of the Year and to Dr. John for Blues Album of the Year!) Let me start by [...]

Dan Auerbach on Dr. John: Locked Down

Let me start by saying Dr. John’s new album, “Locked Down,” is one of the most satisfying listens I’ve come across in the last few years. But I’ll also admit I [...]

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Big Hits from the Small Screen

Last year, you couldn’t avoid hearing The Black Keys on TV. And I have to admit, it started to annoy me a little bit. But I realize their marketing strategy is dead right. I mean, who listens to [...]

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Snooks Eaglin

Put New Orleans guitarist Fird “Snooks” Eaglin, Jr. near the top of that long list of the criminally ignored. Where do you start with this guy? Most accounts begin with the obvious, [...]

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Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack

Dr. John, the Night Tripper. Gris-gris man. Guru of hoodoo. Master of New Orleans rhythm and funk. With Dr. John, New Orleans native Mac Rebennack created one of the most memorable characters in [...]

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Roast Your Chestnuts to These Holiday Tunes

We’re in full holiday mode here in the Rubber City – plenty of white stuff on the ground and white people in our malls searching for Susan Boyle’s latest CD. Now I’ve got nothing against Ms. [...]

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The Box Set is Dead (Part 2)

At what point did we know that the box set was deceased? Was it when the German Bear Family label released a 12-CD collection (with hardcover book) of Pat Boone’s complete ‘50s recordings? Or [...]

The Sound of the Swamp

I’m a blues hound… won’t deny it. Love the form’s many sub-genres and permutations. Hate most attempts to slap a little rouge on its cheeks and make it more presentable to [...]

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New Orleans Nuggets

Since Brother Jack did such a great job of taking us down to New Orleans in his last post on James Booker, I decided to stay there – and offer up a few of my favorite examples of Crescent City [...]

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In Search of James Booker

Brother Jack takes us from the Rubber City down to New Orleans — home of the world’s greatest piano players and the gonzo king who ruled them all, James Booker.  Jack also gives us a [...]