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 on 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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Christ Lutheran Church Third Sunday Music Series - 3300 Jupiter Drive, Chalmette, La. 70043.  Concert begins at 3:00 pm followed by refreshments. Sunday, April 17th.
West Baton Rouge Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, ”Breakfast With the Lieutenant Governor”. 8:00 AM. May 2nd









Nashville-based songwriter, Adam Burrows, is playing a tour that has fortunately dipped down here to the South. He will be at two locations in New Orleans before coming to a Baton Rouge area location.  See his website for more information. When you click on Adam’s website, the first thing you read is this: Adam Burrows creates unpretentious music that invites the listener to pay attention to the beauty found in everyday life.

From what I’ve heard, I’d say that’s a pretty fair assessment of Adam’s music. If you look at Adam’s itinerary, you’ll see that he is serious about performing live all over the country. And, he is equally dedicated to the art of songwriting. If you’d like to hear his music on his Soundcloud or view his videos, you can access all of that from his website. There are plenty of musical examples here:




Jazz Fest, with Sarah Quintana 4/22, and Bruce Daigrepont, 4/28. And there's a Malvinas concert at the Whirlybird, in Lafayette, Saturday, April 30.

And about that fiddle CD...IT'S DONE, AT LAST! AND GINA HAS COPIES!

Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales, on Waterbug Records, is now available. www.ginaforsyth.com



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

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

Reservations  cmaxwell@premier.net

SHINYRIBS is one of the coolest and most entertaining bands in the world. Last year they played a sold-out weekend show for us and everyone was blown away. This year's show is on Wed, April 20 at 8pm and still has 15 regular seats left to fill (sorry......all VIP seats are filled). Reg seats are $30 and RYAN HARRIS opens. I know there will be a last second rush on this one. Get your seats now....while you still can!!
Sat, April 23    
STEVE CONN   $20reg, $30vip   ERIC DISANTO opens
Show announcement!!!!
Time to reward your patience! How many of y'all were at last year's Manship show for DARRELL SCOTT. Darrell is a Nashville icon, a songwriting genius and an incredible band leader. Do you remember ROBERT PLANT'S BAND OF JOY? Darrell was his bandleader!  Darrell's Manship show was legendary. And now we have him returning for a Red Dragon show. It will take place on Wed, June 22. Reg seats are $50, VIP seats are $60 and YVETTE LANDRY will open. Last year the Manship show had more attendees then the Red Dragon has seats. So reserve early!
Hayes Carll show is SOLD OUT!
In two weeks we will direct everyone who has reservations for our HAYES CARLL show to a ticket site. We can't afford no-shows or last minute cancellations on these big $$ shows. Too many people want to go to this concert for us to leave seats empty. After everyone has a fair period of time, the remaining seats will be offered to the waiting list. I am still getting emails every week asking for more seats. Sorry, there just aren't any.

John Fullbright on April 30!

A big thanks to our friends at BRYANT HAMMETT & ASSOCIATES for helping us bring back the great JOHN FULLBRIGHT. This year we will host John's show at the Manship Theatre instead of the Red Dragon. Why? Well just imagine John tickling the ivories of that beautiful Manship grand piano. It is going to be an incredible night. The show takes place on Sat, April 30 at 7:30 pm. MARTIN FLANAGAN will open. Seats are available at

Dyson House 
Listening Room
Address: 7575 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Editor's Note: Dyson House asks "Please ask your listeners to like us on Facebook for schedule updates."  Were your faithful editor on Facebook, he would do that! ...
5/6 Renshaw Davies from NOLA
Folk and new roots duo.
My Graveyard Jaw from NOLA
Blues and Country Folk
5/12 My Politic from Nashville, TN
Eric Schmitt, Singer Songwriter from Baton Rouge
and former leader of Flatbed Honeymoon will be
playing songs from upcoming release
5/15 Gospel and Gumbo from 2:00-4:00
Featuring Ryan Harris and Friends
Sista Otis from Detroit, MI
Blues, soul and rock
The Josh Garrett Band
Blues, jazz, reggae and rock
with a country edge
5/20 Leyla McCalla
American Classical and Folk
$15 cover
5/21 LongLeaf-new grass,
Folk & Americana
Jemini Venture-roots, bluegrass,jazz standards, originals and great Americana.
Both bands are Baton Rouge based.
5/27 Chris Porter
John Calvin Abney
Shonna Tucker
Austin, TX.
Americana music.
5/28 Dege Legg
Michael Juan Nunez
Mathew Sigur
6/3 Mandolin Orange from Chapel Hill, NC
Bluegrass, American and Folk
Polly Pry-Baton Rouge
6/4 Honeyboy and Boots-Mobil, AL
Folk and Blues
Ben Bell- Baton Rouge Singer Songwriter
6/11 Phatican 3-Baton Rouge
John Smart jazz trio.
6/23 Jim Avett-Patriarch of the boys
7/23 Rayo Brothers, Lafayette, LA
Denton Hatcher Baton Rouge, LA
8/20 Kristin Diable-Full Band
Americana, Soul and Rock and Roll
$15 cover
8/27 The Wilder Janes CD Release Party

Thank you for supporting Live Music!
World music and Louisiana bands will hit the stage in the 30th anniversary of Festival International.
The free event will take place April 20-24 in downtown Lafayette.
This year’s lineup includes reggae band Alpha Blondy & the Solar System, from the Ivory Coast, the prolific composer CharlElie Couture, from France, world beat musician Boogat, from Québec, and folk band A-WA, of Israel....
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Fri April 22 - Sun May 1, 2016
Stevie Wonder • Pearl Jam • Red Hot Chili Peppers • Neil Young + Promise of the Real Snoop Dogg • Paul Simon • Steely Dan • Beck • Van Morrison • Nick Jonas Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue • Julio Iglesias • J.Cole Elvis Costello & The Imposters • Maxwell • My Morning Jacket • Ms. Lauryn Hill Gary Clark Jr. • Bonnie Raitt • Flo Rida • Irma Thomas • Janelle Monáe • Jonny Lang Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter Duo • Gov’t Mule • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends • Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Mavis Staples • Boz Scaggs • Michael McDonald • Buddy Guy Preservation Hall Jazz Band • The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley Aaron Neville • Chris Botti • Grace Potter • Alpha Blondy & The Solar System • Elle King Galactic • Brandi Carlile • Brothers Osborne • Rhiannon Giddens Jon Batiste and Stay Human...

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

The annualSings & Strings will take place on Sunday April 10 Garyville. La.
Eperience a unique festival where every musician is a headliner while also tasting the zesty flavors of the River Parishes and strolling through the streets of arts and crafts. Over 80 musicians already signed up to jam and perform. Rick Ledbetter will be there with his local buddies as well as his sister and other  singers & musicians from Georgia and Florida. Spread the word. See ya there!  Entry Fee - $5 adults, children 12 & under free if accompanied by an adult. Visit Sings and Strings Jam Fest on Facebook.com for more info
Sunday Jam in Beau Chene office park 7520 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.  Jamming outdoors under those oaks can start anytime.  Most pickers are starting at 2 pm.
"The Claire Lynch Band" will return to Baton Rouge for its final tour appearance on Sunday Nov. 6!!   Mark your calendar.
2016 regular jams
1st Sun "Tom's Fiddle & Bow" Arnaudville, 1-4 pm    Feb 7
1st Sun "Hootenancy" at Birdman Cafe, St Francisville  5 pm pot luck  Feb 7
2nd & 4th Sat - "Main Street Market" 5th & Main in BR - 11 am 'til 1 pm




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



Louisiana Folk, 'Music and People' podcast episode #1 is published!


Download http://louisianafolk.podomatic.com/enclosure/2016-01-24T03_30_14-08_00.mp3

"Louisiana Folk, Music and People", was conceived to share the songwriting of Patrick Sylvest and the many wells from which he draws his inspiration. In this first podcast, Patrick Interviews Author, Thomas Ard Sylvest, who also happens to be his 90 year old Dad. Please, give a listen!

Upcoming performances:

April 16th, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Baton Rouge; I'll perform in a songwriter circle some time between 1:00 and 6:15 for the 3rd street songwriter festival.

Patrick Sylvest






TOP ARTISTS OF MARCH 2016 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14009 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. Gathering Time
2. David Francey
3. Solas
4. Loretta Lynn
5. Carla Ulbrich
6. Infamous Stringdusters
7. Corin Raymond
7. Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
9. Eli West
10. Monica Rizzio
11. Kate Campbell
11. Moors And McCumber
13. Willie Nelson
14. Terri Hendrix
15. Denise Jordan Finley
16. Burning Bridget Cleary
16. Victor And Penny
18. Bob Dylan
18. Frank Solivan
18. Goodbye Blue
18. Greg Brown
22. Rebecca Folsom
23. Dori Freeman
23. No Fuss And Feathers
25. Eileen Ivers
25. The Paul McKenna Band
25. Steve Young
28. Honor Finnegan
29. Robert Bobby
30. Robinlee Garber
30. Scott Wolfson And Other Heroes
32. Birds Of Chicago
32. Pete Seeger
34. Tim O'Brien
35. Curtis And Loretta
35. Free The Honey
35. Kathy Kallick
38. Beatles
38. Judy Kass
40. Amy White
40. David Mallett
40. Wren


From Josh Dunson

Dear Family, Friends and Folk Music Leaders,
In my 74 years, this is the first time I have ever asked you or anyone else to join me as a member of a folk and/or advocacy organization.
I am proud to be a Creative Board member and dues paying member of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA), a non-profit group that has successfully started a major grassroots push to involve K-12 schools in lesson plans around traditional music and to begin school performer coffee houses both in the school and in community based venues.  The $20 (single) and $25 (family and/or band up to 5 members)  covers your admission to the two-day gathering to be held at the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville on September 25 and 26, 2015.
I do hope you join and maybe even join me and the other Members of the WFPA's  Creative Board as a song farmer at the Gathering.
Below is a 3.5 Minute summary of the work and the First Gathering coming up in September.  It also explains why you and I are Song Farmers.
To join, please go to this link
The members of the Creative Board are listed below:
The very best,
Michael Johnathon: folksinger and producer of the WoodSongs broadcast
Art Menius: founding Executive Director of IBMA, founding board member of Folk Alliance
Rik Palieri: Vermont folksinger and author
Dr. Ron Pen: Director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music (University of Kentucky)
Steve Martin: attorney, Board of IBMA, bluegrass DJ
Loretta Sawyer: Chicago publicist, roots agent and author

Raymond McLain: Director of the KY Center of Traditional Music (Morehead State University)
Kari Estrin: board of SERFA, International Folk Alliance, artist consultant and manager
Josh Dunson: agent, journalist-author, social activist and creative force behind Real People’s Music for 40 years



Northport N.Y. - M.C. Records is thrilled to announce that genre busting singer/songwriter, New Orleans based Dayna Kurtz will perform on the syndicated radio program eTown on May 3. She will share the stage with folk/bluesman Eric Bibb. Scroll down for all of Dayna's tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.

Dayna has always had fans from some of the most amazing songwriters including Bonnie Raitt and duet partner, Nora Jones. Now add Madeleine Peyroux to list. Here's what she said about "Rise And Fall."

It is great to hear an amazing voice but indescribable to hear an amazing soul. Thus this record and Dayna Kurtz are indescribable. I’m grateful for the discovery of a new old friend. - Madeleine Peyroux

Kurtz has achieved such distinctions as being named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters.  Norah Jones (with whom she later recorded a duet) and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition, and her singing was featured in a widely seen TV commercial for a prominent American hotel chain.


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:






The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz



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."






Hi there,

I host a local BG / folk/gospel radio show that airs on several country stations on Sunday morning. If you have a recent recording that would reflect this format, please send along.  I would be glad to air.  Please let me know what song that you are trying to push.

I do this only as a labor of love for this kind of music and to promote local artist.

Thanks and tell your Mamma you love her.

Jim  jimhogggroup@cox.net    http://youtu.be/tfiXcyDWGso





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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