Doug Duffey and The Louisiana Soul Revival

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 […]

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Photos: Gold Hope Duo in Lafayette

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 […]

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Photos: 2016 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

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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Pre-Record Store Day at Lafayette Theater

April 16, 2016

I went to the Pre-Record Store Day concert Friday night at the Lafayette Theater because I love the Quiet Hollers, an alt-country/rock band from Louisville; I’m pals with the organizer, Jim Voelz, the vocalist in The Mound Builders; and I’m a live music junkie. Admittedly, I’m not a connoisseur of metal and sludge, or, for […]

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Adam Lee, Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters at People’s Brewing

April 12, 2016

I’ve seen Adam Lee perform several times now. Each show impresses me more than the last one. Lee, who sounds like a throwback to the golden era of country music, will break your heart one moment and make you laugh the next. And I don’t know of anyone who has a deeper, clearer voice. Tuesday […]

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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: The Dead Batteries at People’s Brewing Co.

April 6, 2016

The Dead Batteries are dangerous. Bill Brose and Rocco Calipari attack every note on their guitars. Their vocals are wicked, too. Tuesday night at People’s Brewing, they rollicked through covers by artists ranging from The Allman Brothers and ZZ Top to Elmore James and Johnny Cash. Even when they covered Bill Withers, they added some […]

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

March 29, 2016

Americana artist Nathan Kalish loves classic country. He peppered his set at People’s Brewing Co. with songs by country legends such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. His own songs mirror the intensity and poignancy of the songs by his heroes. Kalish and his guitarist, Mike Hopper, rocked out at times, but Kalish […]

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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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