Doug Duffey and The Louisiana Soul Revival

by Carl Abernathy on May 28, 2016

I don’t remember how I discovered Doug Duffey, a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. Probably a college pal from Louisiana who clued me in. I do know I’ve been a fan for almost 30 years.

I’d planned to spend a quiet Friday evening at home with the pup after attending the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender and a bunch of other concerts over the last several weeks. Thank goodness I happened to check The Knickerbocker Saloon’s concert calendar earlier in the day.

Duffey, who played with the Louisiana Soul Revival, danced effortlessly on his keyboard between blues, funk, rock and sweet, sweet soul. Duffey’s voice is gruff, weathered by the better part of five decades on the road. That – and the band’s great horn section – give The Louisiana Soul Revival’s funk tunes bite. But when Duffey sang Toussaint McCal’s “Nothing Takes the Place of You” (one of my favorite songs), his voice was sweet and soulful. Beautiful.

The band, led by guitarist Dan Sumner, is filled with pros. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to return to Louisiana so soon after jazz fest, but they took me back just a few seconds into the first song. They covered several Allen Toussaint songs, which were both poignant, just a few months after his death, and vibrant. But Duffey’s songs are the ones still ringing in my ears.

I wish there’d been a larger crowd to hear a Louisiana music legend and one of the state’s finest bands, but I’m glad I got a chance to hang out with them, if only for a couple of hours.

Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)
Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)

Betsy Lowe (Click photo to enlarge)
Betsy Lowe (Click photo to enlarge)

Doug Duffey & The Louisiana Soul Revival (Click photo to enlarge)
Doug Duffey & The Louisiana Soul Revival
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Dan Sumner (Click photo to enlarge)
Dan Sumner (Click photo to enlarge)

Nate Johnson (Click photo to enlarge)
Nate Johnson (Click photo to enlarge)

Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)
Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)

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Photos: Gold Hope Duo in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on May 25, 2016

Wow. It’s been a great three weeks of music, especially roots music, so far. I’ve seen:

• Marshall Crenshaw
• The Bottle Rockets
• Mavis Staples
• Royal Southern Brotherhood
• The Paulin Brothers
• Terrance Simien
• Henry Gray
• The Cash Box Kings
• Bernard Allison
• Fritzel’s Jazz Band
• Brother Tyrone & The Mindbenders
• Geno Delafose
• Spencer Bohren
• Luther Kent
• Southern University Jazzy Jags
• Marcia Ball
• Arlo Guthrie
• Gregory Porter
• Corey Harris
• Germaine Bazzle
• Kamasi Washington
• Lil Buck Sinegal
• Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
• The Sadies
• Dig Deep
• Jeff Shepherd
• Matt Woods
• Buffalo Wabs
• Matt Heckler
• Joey Henry
• The Calamity Cubes
• Al Scorch
• SS Web
• The Dead Soldiers
• White Trash Blues Revival
• Joe’s Truck Stop
• RL Cole
• The Tillers
• The Glade City Rounders
• Austin Lucas
• Husky Burnette
• Gold Hope Duo

The Gold Hope Duo, which I saw tonight at People’s Brewing in Lafayette, gave one of the best performances of all. The husband-wife team from upstate New York was certainly the funniest.

Lara Hope sings with the swagger of Wanda Jackson and Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh plays his coffin-shaped bass like he’s slapping the devil. Thanks to Jim Voelz and People’s Brewing for bringing them to Lafayette for a free show.

A few pix:

Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)
Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)

Matt Goldpaugh (Click photo to enlarge)
Matt Goldpaugh (Click photo to enlarge)

Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)
Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)

Gold Hope Duo
Gold Hope Duo

Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)
Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)

Matt Goldpaugh (Click photo to enlarge)
Matt Goldpaugh (Click photo to enlarge)

Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)
Gold Hope Duo (Click photo to enlarge)

Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)
Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)

Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)
Lara Hope (Click photo to enlarge)

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Photos: 2016 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

by Carl Abernathy on May 23, 2016

Posted some words and photos about the 2016 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville, Tennessee, on my Exposure site.


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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Photos: New Orleans Jazz Fest recap

May 6, 2016

I posted on my Exposure page a few words and a bunch of photos from the second weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. New Orleans Jazz Fest by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets at Lafayette Theater

April 9, 2016

I’ve now seen Marshall Crenshaw with The Bottle Rockets four times. Friday night’s show at the Lafayette Theater might have been the best. Marshall Crenshaw’s gorgeous pop-oriented rock and The Bottle Rockets’ grungy twang are a perfect mix. The Bottle Rockets opened the evening and played the tunes on their latest album, “South Broadway Athletic […]

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Photos: Nathan Kalish & the Lastcallers concert at People’s Brewing Co.

March 29, 2016

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Photos: Hooten Hallers at People’s Brewing

March 23, 2016

The Hooten Hallers play like they’re being chased by the Tasmanian Devil. Or maybe, because the band plays with such fury, they’re doing the chasing. I’ve heard many guitarists play a raucous brand of blues and rock. But no one I know plays his guitar as hard and as wild as John Randall. And I’m […]

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Creole Carnival: Emeline Michel, Brushy One String, Casuarina at City Winery in Chicago

March 22, 2016

Haitian singer Emeline Michel’s voice seeped into the souls of every member of the audience at City Winery in Chicago. Her spirited performance made everyone want to dance. The same could be said for Brushy One String, a Jamaican musician with the soulful voice who makes his one-string guitar do the work of a whole […]

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