Folk, Roots, World and Acoustic
Music in Baton Rouge
and South Central Louisiana


Welcome Back To The Hootenanny Power Pages, Folk and Roots Music Playlist, and Coming Events in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.  The Hootenanny Power radio show, since 1981 WRKF  Public Radio Baton Rouge.  The live audio stream may be heard via computer, Saturday nights, 9 pm to midnight central time, at www.wrkf.org, or on the airwaves at 89.3

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HENRY GRAY, every Tuesday night 6 - 8 pm

Time Out Lounge (smokefree) on Bennington



most Wednesday nights, Sullivan's



Hi, Smithfield Fair friends:  We just wanted to give you and early 'heads-up' on a just-added concert in Baton Rouge. On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Smithfield Fair will debut their newest album - EVERMORE - at Baton Rouge's new premier concert venue - Mid City Ballroom (136 S. Acadian Thruway, just off Government St.) The show is set for 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and THERE IS PLENTY OF SAFE PARKING. Jan, Bob and I will be doing a bit of everything and highlighting songs from the new album. We'll have more details and a reminder in coming days, but we hope you'll plan now to be there.

Also, please feel free to pass this information on to any fans of music and let them know. This is an exquisite venue with great sound from Jim Odom's Presonus and is also the new home of Baton Rouge Music Exchange with a showroom for Komet amps - which you will remember are world-renowned tube amps built right here in Baton Rouge by Mike Kennedy and Holger Notzel (who also maintains Smithfield Fair's instruments).

We'll follow up with more information closer to the show and, as always, we'd love to hear from you and thank you in advance for continuing to support Smithfield Fair's music. All the very best!

Dudley-Brian Smith  Smithfield Fair/Stevenson Productions

www.smithfieldfair.com  www.youtube.com/smithfieldfair



Baton Rouge Town Square Downtown 11 am - 8 pm   http://www.htjday.com/



Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue, "The most-talked-about band in Memphis." Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.

Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label. "I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility," says Tierinii. "I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up to that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home." Tierinii views Southern Avenue as "a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. "It's been a real crash course," she continues. "We haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now." "This band has already made our dreams come true," Ori concludes. "I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy."



Monday, 6 November 2017 ManshipTheatre.org  7:30 pm



Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6pm -Time Out Lounge, 4619 Bennington Av.  BRLA 70808

Jambalaya social 6p; Awards 7:30; Jam session 8:15

Distinguished author John Broven-Legend
15yr. WBRH Louisiana Gumbo radio host Pat McBride-Ambassador
Career Blues men Sundance Howie & Kenny Acosta-Pioneers

Advance tickets $20 ea at Time Out FREE Capital City Blues CD with two ticket purchase
Questions:  Johnny Palazzotto rhythmpal@yahoo.com



The Manship Theatre Thurs 1 February 2018 7:30 pm www.manshiptheatre.org


Charlie King wins 2017 Phil Ochs Award

Charlie King, the musical storyteller and political satirist, won the 2017 Phil Ochs Award given to singer songwriters whose music and activism embody the spirit and commitment of legendary folk singer Phil Ochs.  Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century.  He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small, to name a few. Pete Seeger called Charlie “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  Among Charlie's best known songs are "Buy, Buy This American Car", That's the Way I Made My Millions", "Two Good Arms" and "Send in the Drones".

Charlie was presented with a plaque commemorating the award and a cash stipend of $2000 at a concert presented by the Schenectady County Historical Society at Mabee Farms Dutch Barn in Rotterdam Junction, NY on Sunday October 8, 2017.  The award was presented by Phil Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs and by Ron and Kathy Cooke and Chad Phillips  representing A Still Small Voice 4U that sponsors the award.  Additional funding was generously contributed by Michael Sussman, a civil rights and environmental lawyer, from Orange County, NY.

The Phil Ochs Award is presented annually by A Still Small Voice 4U Inc. (ASSV) a 501(c)3 not for profit devoted to encouraging and supporting arts, music, literature, culture and community.  The award is determined by a national panel of judges.  ASSV directly supports individuals and organizations that share its mission and commitment and sponsors concerts, exhibits, performances, readings and community activities.  More information is available at http://www.assv4u.com/.

Charlie King may be reached through his web site: http://charlieking.org/



News from the Red Dragon: contact cmaxwell@premier.net

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

Reservations  cmaxwell@premier.net

Due to his illness, Rodney Crowell show is cancelled

Paul Thorn on Wednesday Oct 18....

We only have a handful of seats left to fill. Paul and his band join us on Wed, Oct 18 at 8pm. MARTIN FLANAGAN opens. This will be a special evening as Paul celebrates the 20 year anniversary of his legendary HAMMER & NAIL album. And it coincides with the Red Dragon's 15th anniversary! This will be a helluva evening. If you want to be a part, hit the ticket link.....quickly! Reg seats are $60 and VIPs are long gone (sorry). The show is Wed, Oct 18 at 8pm.


Next up for us at the Manship.....RAY WYLIE HUBBARD!!!
Our next Manship show is for Texas legend RAY WYLIE HUBBARD on Fri, Oct 20 at 7:30pm. Ray vaulted onto the scene forty years ago when JERRY JEFF WALKER recorded his song "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother". An incredible forty years have followed and Ray just keeps getting better. His more recent songs are among his most popular, including "Snake Farm" and "Screw You, We're From Texas". Ray's storytelling ability is among the very best. I once started a Red Dragon show late because I was so involved listening to his story of meeting RINGO STARR & JOE WALSH. Although the best seats are nearly all gone (hurry, hurry!), we still have plenty of less expensive seats to fill......and there ain't a bad seat at the Manship! Go to:

This show is sponsored by:



Jan 5   ERIC BRACE / PETER COOPER / THOM JUTZ   $30/$40   opener TBA

Jan 13   JOHN GORKA   $30/$40   GINA FORSYTH opens

Jan 19   CODY CANADA & MIKE MCCLURE   $35/$45   CLAY PARKER opens

Jan 20   DALE WATSON (band)   $30/$40   opener TBA

Jan 25   CHRIS KNIGHT   $50/$60   opener TBA

Thanks, Y'all....... Chris Maxwell cmaxwell@premier.net


Dyson House 

Listening Room
Address: 7575 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Grace Askew Live at Beausoleil Oct 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar Baton Rouge, LA
Grace Askews sound weaves through the backroads of the South and West right into the back alleys of New York and LA. Born in Memphis, she was raised on Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; dug into her blues, soul, and folk roots in New Orleans; maintains inspiration from artists like Tom Waits, Mahalia Jackson, Sylvan Esso, and Cat Power; and now layers in the textures of synths, electric guitar, and vocal loops to create music that defies place or genre.
Spin calls her "astoundingly defiant." Rolling Stone calls her "sultry" while praising her "raw, real and righteous" songwriting.
With 6 studio albums and nearly a decade of touring under her belt, Grace has solidified herself as a relentlessly creative artist and a powerhouse of talent. She cut her first records at the legendary Ardent Studios & Sun Studios in Memphis, and has been a regular on the singer-songwriter circuit. She mostly hits the road accompanied only by her truck, Wanda, though she has also joined the likes of James McMurtry, Leon Russell, Marty Stuart, T-Model Ford, Jesse Winchester, Lisa Marie Presley, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll. She also featured on Season 4 of The Voice in 2013. Don't miss this performance.
Dyson House Listening Room
7575 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70806

BLUEGRASS NEWS:  Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana.


Del McCoury show on Thurs Oct 19.  7:30 pm
R U interested in this great performance?
Del McCoury band performs "Woody Guthrie!"
Seat sales have been slow for the Manship Theatre (it's only 1/3 sold.)  Regular prices are $60 & $75.  BUT, we have an opportunity to purchase a block of tickets for our bluegrass family at a reduced price ($40-50).   If you are interested contact me.  If enough folks respond, I can arrange for a block discount purchase.
AND the persons who drum up the most seat purchases will receive FREE "Louisiana Bluegrass" shirts, courtesy of the B R Bluegrass Ass'n.
Led by the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer, 2014 Grammy Winner for Best Bluegrass Album and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement winner, the Del McCoury Band presents a unique concert featuring new songs of completely unheard lyrics from America’s folk poet, Woody Guthrie.
Lets give Del McCoury Band a big Louisiana welcome!
.Jam most Sundays at "GEORGE's Southside" on Highland Road at Staring Lane (Essen)  2:30 - 5:00
Reminder:  4th Sat. Jam at Main Street Market at 11:00 am,
Sunday Jam at George's Southside 2:45 pm - 5:00 +
2017 regular jams
Mon "HI HO Lounge" - St. Claude Ave - New Orleans 8- 10 pm 
Mon "Cite des Arts Theatre" - downtown Lafayette 7- 9 pm  (canc'd on Mar 21)
Tues "Counter Culture" coffe shop - Slidell 5:45 pm
"GEORGE's Southside" - Baton Rouge (corner Highland/Essen) 2:30 pm - 5 pm (early birds encouraged to patronize the restaurant)
1st Sun "Tom's Fiddle & Bow" Arnaudville, 1-4 pm
1st Sun "Hootenancy" at Birdman Cafe, St Fran 5 pm (pot luck)
2nd & 4th Sat - "Main Street Market" 5th & Main in BR - 11 am 'til 1 pm

Mon nite -
Lagniappe Dulcimer Soc'y - 6 pm, Comm'y Bible Church, 8354 Jeffersn Hwy - in BR
2nd Sat (only) Cajun Dulcimer Soc'y - 10 am - Acad'n Cultrl Cntr - in Laf.





Check the www.msbga.org/events/eventlist
for major bluegrass events in 2016 within easy driving range.

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600; Text 225.252.2708
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
HARRIS Law Firm - main financial supporter, preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan concerned about his family and estate, and the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. Proceeds go to concerts and jams. HarrisLawFirm@aol.com

Gerard Furniture in BR - generous financial supporter, contributing to bringing in guest performers for Jams. Show support by visiting the store and mentioning "bluegrass."

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600





TOP ARTISTS OF AUGUST 2017 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12964 airplays from 128 different DJs
1. The Early Mays
2. Glen Campbell
3. Dave Rawlings
3. John Reischman And The Jaybirds
5. The Jerry Douglas Band
6. Susan Cattaneo
7. Tom Russell
8. Joe Jencks
9. Heather Pierson
10. Chris Ronald
11. Matthew Byrne
12. Bruce Cockburn
13. Old Salt Union
13. Pete Seeger
15. Bob Dylan
16. Ben Hunter, Phil Wiggins, Joe Seamons
17. George Thorogood
17. The Jeremiahs
19. John McCutcheon
20. Slaid Cleaves
21. Amber Cross
22. Eilen Jewell
23. Rhiannon Giddens
23. Sherman Holmes
25. Kat Goldman
25. Joe Mullins And The Radio Ramblers
27. Dale Ann Bradley
27. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
27. John Prine
27. Paul Kelly
31. Joan Baez
32. Friction Farm
32. Jillette Johnson
32. Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton
32. Shawna Caspi
36. Harpeth Rising
36. Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real
36. Pete's Posse
36. Tim O'Brien
40. Johnny Cash
40. O'Connor Band
40. Rhonda Vincent
40. Sarah Jane Scouten


WXPN Radio posted the stream (and free download) of a new tribute
song tolegendary folk dj Gene Shay performed by 25 Philly based
artists.  You can read and hear (and download) the song here:





Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:



"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre.  In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound."




My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA.   I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.

Thank you!

Cafe Des Amis <gm@cafedesamis.comwww.cafedesamis.com


"I have been affected by secondhand smoke.  I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage.  I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
--Deacon John

Music selections from  audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's  Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can  tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music;  country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the  eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings  available for educational use.

To listen  visit:








When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.



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