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HootenannyPower:
Folk, Roots, World and Acoustic
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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

Hootenanny Power Live Streaming Only!  Broadcast regulations and licensing make podcasting or archiving rights for music programs murky murky murky.  Unless and until these matters are cleared up, Hootenanny Power will be live streaming only, 9 pm to midnight central time, Saturday nights http://www.wrkf.org

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VICTORIA WILLIAMS COMING TO BATON ROUGE COURTESY JOHNNY PALAZZATTO 

Victoria Willams & Friends in Studio Concert ...Saturday evening, January 17th, 8p 639 Main St. Downtown BR. Limited reserved seating, $30.  Vics songs have been recorded by Pearl Jam, Soul Asylum, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams and others. She is a grand songwriter and lovable performer, some great music. For reservations call 225-383-0968, if no answer leave your name, # and # of tics.

This will be a memorable show.  Hope you will be here.   JP


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RED DRAGON LISTENING ROOM:

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

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

Bob Schneider at the Dragon....
It was just a one-line addition to our schedule. Yesterday I mentioned that we have booked BOB SCHNEIDER for Sat, Jan 31 at the Red Dragon. Six people have already written to ask if that is THE Bob Schneider.....the Austin, Texas singer of great repute. They just can't believe it! Well folks, it is. Yes, I know this should be a Manship show. But Bob had just one day open and the Manship was already booked. So the ole Red Dragon it is. And as if that isn't enough, CURTIS MCMURTRY (son of James) will drive in to open the show. That one line mention sold over 1/3 of the seats and I expect to sell out completely very quickly. Regular seats are $35 and VIP seats are $45. Reserve now or risk my saying, "I told you so". 'nuff said.
 
Mini-Blog   Time off
Saturday's David Olney show is our final show for 2014. In fact, we have nothing for a solid four weeks. I'll be attending other shows, especially Rob Chidester's HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE at the Dragon building on New Year's Eve. But I won't be working them. A vacation? Hardly. The next four weeks will be spent putting together our upcoming PALOOZA (Feb 20 & 21). We have got to raise enough funds to keep this place operating for our twelfth year. So don't fret......you will still hear from me. Probably more than you want to. Oh well.....

Binky's Dad, chris  cmaxwell@premier.net

P.S. Tax deductible donations can be made out to LOUISIANA AMERICANA AND FOLK SOCIETY (DBA RED DRAGON LISTENING ROOM) and mailed to 8631 Rainwood Ave, BR, LA  70810. 

A little help for our friends.....
How many of you are familiar with local piano man HENRY GRAY? Henry is a 90 year old piano playing blues legend and he has fallen on hard times financially. We are putting together a fundraising event to help Henry with his bills and to let him know he is appreciated. Stay tuned.....we hope to have a few things set up in the coming week. Set aside a few bucks to help out!
Binky's Dad, chris m

Louisiana Americana & Folk Society (LAFS) dba The Red Dragon Listening Room
Last year the Red Dragon Listening Room applied for Federal non-profit status. From the date of application, we were able to claim such status. But it is still a great relief that we finally received our IRS letter confirming our approval. Kind of exciting! In the future we hope to whine less to our patrons and spend a little more time chasing corporate sponsors and federal grants. Hey y'all......WE ARE A TAX DEDUCTION!

Big Announcement......
If you haven't already guessed our big announcement is the return of the great BILLY JOE SHAVER! Billy Joe and his band will return on Friday, Feb 27. The show just went up on the Manship website (www.ManshipTheatre.org) this morning. If you want the best seats, buy early! As for our sponsors.....who wants this first show? I know we have several committed, but I'm sure this particular show is close to someone's heart. And it comes with a bunch of comp tickets! Drop me a private note.  Hey, did I mention that STEVE JUDICE (JUICE!!!!) will open the show? 
 

The Red Dragon has had the good fortune to book JOE ELY a couple of times in the past. The last time was for a big show at the Manship. This time Joe is touring on short notice.....so we've got him at the ole Red Dragon. The show will take place on Saturday, Jan 10, 2015,  at 8pm. Joe will be traveling as a duo. This show will sell out well in advance, so reserve early. As an added bonus, we have arranged for Dragon favorite CHRIS CANTERBURY to open the show. I know this show is over two months away, but I'm excited already!
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BLUEGRASS NEWS:


Gina Forsyth will stay over to lead our bluegrass JAM on Sunday afternoon at BOUTIN's at 3 pm - 6 pm.  Stop by and participate !!
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Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
BRbluegrass@aol.com
Tel. (225) 387-1600

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NEWS FROM TROUBADOUR PATRICK SYLVEST:

.http://www.patricksylvest.com is completely reconfigured and operational!

We've decided to stream all of my music through the website so that you can listen to all of my recorded songs in their entirety over your computer as you browse! However, please consider purchasing a CD or downloading a track or two, as this helps defray the cost of production and puts gas in the tank for gigs! I also have a few commemorative 'Lonesome Troubadour' T-Shirts available.

Check out my new CD, 'Lonesome Troubadour', co-produced with Randy Walsh at Stray Records Studio in Bayou Goula, LA. Available from iTunes , and on CD and mp3 from CD Baby.

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!!!

PAT SYLVEST HAS ANNOUNCED the availability of his latest CD, 'Lonesome Troubadour'.

"It's currently available only through me, out of the trunk of my car or by mail order. $15.00 plus $3 for shipping/packaging... Thanks so much for your support over the years!"

http://airplaydirect.com/patricksylvest
https://www.facebook.com/patricksylvestmusic
http://www.patricksylvest.com

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TOP ARTISTS OF NOVEMBER 2014 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14087 airplays from 149 different DJs

1. Nell Robinson
1. The Stray Birds
3. Thompson Family
4. Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet
5. Bob Dylan And The Band
6. Hot Rize
7. Cassie And Maggie
7. The Early Mays
9. Bobtown
10. Annie Lou
10. Bob Dylan
12. Peter, Paul And Mary
13. John McCutcheon
13. Lucinda Williams
15. Arlo Guthrie
15. Jon Brooks
17. Johnsmith
17. Jonathan Byrd
17. The New Line
20. Christine Lavin
20. Jackson Browne
20. The Show Ponies
23. Anne Hills
24. Kyle Carey
24. Phil Ochs
24. Yusuf
27. Eliza Gilkyson
27. Mark Erelli
27. Pete Seeger
30. Chris Smither
30. Red Molly
32. Jack Hardy
32. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
34. Heather Styka
35. Beth Wood
35. Carrie Newcomer
35. Katie Gosnell
38. Brad Colerick
38. Cheryl Wheeler
38. The Earls Of Leicester
38. Robyn Landis

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Louisiana Folklife Program Call for Presentations Louisiana Folklore Society

2015 Annual Meeting Friday, March 20, 2015- Saturday, March 21, 2015
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Natchitoches, Louisiana

The Louisiana Folklore Society invites proposals for papers and other types of presentations for its 2015 annual meeting. We welcome presentations on any aspect of Louisiana folklore, folklife, and traditional arts, as well as on folklore theory and practice. The Society is interested in hearing diverse voices; therefore, we encourage presentations on any subject by scholars, tradition bearers, folk artists, musicians, students, community leaders, community scholars, and others interested in local Louisiana cultures throughout the state and elsewhere. Typically, presentations last 15 minutes. The conference begins with a keynote address, free and open to the general public, on Friday evening, March 20th. Paper sessions and film will take place throughout the day on Saturday, March 21.

Abstract Submission: Please submit 250-word abstract (proposal/presentation description) by February 13, 2015, via email to jdonlon@lsmsa.edu. Please note equipment needs.

For more information on the Louisiana Folklore Society, to become as member or renew membership, please see www.louisianafolklore.org

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The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz


Friday, November 14th, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Festival at the Barn, The Music Barn in Polkville, MS
http://www.msbga.org/events/eventlist/details/157-festival-at-the-barn.html
 
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Lagniappe Dulcimer Festival
Port Allen, LA
 
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Calmes House Concert Series
Central, LA 
 
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Highlights of Graham Nash at Folk Alliance in Kansas City 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IT4JoLbqIMs

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LSU Press Publishes First Biography of Huey “Piano” Smith

“I credit Huey with opening the door for funk, basically as we know it, in some ridiculously hip way, and putting it in the mainstream of the world’s music.” –Dr. John, 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Baton Rouge— Huey “Piano” Smith’s musical legacy stands alongside fellow New Orleans legends like Dr. John, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, and Allen Toussaint. His 1957 classic, “Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” made Billboard’s top R&B singles chart, and hundreds of artists have recorded his songs, including Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, and Chubby Checker.

The first biography of the artist responsible for hits “Don’t You Just Know It,” “High Blood Pressure,” and “Sea Cruise,” Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues follows the musician from his Depression-era childhood to his years as a pianist for blues star Guitar Slim to his mainstream success in the 1950s and ’60s. Drawing from extensive interviews and court records, author and journalist John Wirt also provides new insights on Smith’s professional disappointments and financial struggles of the 1980s and ’90s as he battled for legal ownership of his most successful and profitable work.

An enigmatic and guarded personality in a profession of extroverted performers, Smith made far-reaching contributions to the New Orleans music scene as a songwriter, pianist, and producer. Wirt reveals that Smith’s numerous collaborative ventures—including the Clowns, the Pitter Pats, the Hueys and Shin-Dig Smith, and the Soul Shakers—were vehicles for his creative vision rather than anonymous backup for a leading front man.

Throughout this intimate account, Wirt details Smith’s significant impact on rock and roll history and underscores both the longevity of his music—which has entertained and inspired for over five decades—and the musician’s personal endurance in the face of hardship and opposition.

John Wirt has covered music, film, and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, and The Advocate’s Baton Rouge and New Orleans editions.

March 2014 / 312 pages, 6 x 9, 9 halftones
978-0-8071-5295-9
Paper $25.95, ebook available
LSU Press Paperback Original

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HEART OF LOUISIANA:  BANJO PRIEST

http://www.fox8live.com/story/23950892/heart-of-louisiana-banjo-priest

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The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz:

Okey dokey artichokies, The Boyz have a few up coming events for you to peruse and hopefully attend.  And yet, even bigger news.  Van Glynn, fiddler and mandolinist extraordinaire, has shown a complete lack of good judgement and common sense and has joined The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz as a full partner in this mayhem.  His family and friends are aghast at this lack of discretion on his part but we are delighted. We hope he doesn't have second thoughts when the drugs wear off.  He's already catching flack from little old ladies at his church . . . "You're playing with who . . . ?  Well I never . . . How do you pronounce that?  What does that mean?" 


And for all of ya'll interested in our videos, here is a link to a site where you can see some of Randy Walsh's other work.  Click on the "Stray Films Montage".  We're in very rarefied company.

http://BagasseBoyz.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8f4bb2ec4896a1766a86547ef&id=b2bac7b98c&e=09123e6860


See ya'll soon.

TFBB
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The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz "Not 'Yer Daddy's Bluegrass . . ." http://BagasseBoyz.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8f4bb2ec4896a1766a86547ef&id=8c621c13ea&e=09123e6860

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CLARENCE THE CAJUN DJ RECOMMENDS:

Clarence Recommends: Every Friday  - Coobie Joe cajun band every Friday at Boutin's Cajun restaurant 7pm-10pm at 8322 Bluebonnet Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70810 (225) 819-9862 www.boutins.com

Cajun Fiddle Lessons by Ann Vidrine: Clarence's friend Ann Vidrine gives cajun fiddle lessons. If you are interested in playing the cajun fiddle, she would be a good person to learn from. For lessons, call 225-343-7398 or email: annvidrine [type the at sign] cox.net

Baton Rouge's Cajun and Zydeco Radio Shows:

* Sat 5am-7am WTGE 100.7 FM Roland Doucet's Cajun Radio show www.newcountry1007.com

* Sat 7pm-9pm WBRH 90.3 FM Clarence's Cajun Saturday Night www.cajunradio.org

* Sun 5pm-7pm WHYR 96.9 FM Ann Vidrine's Cajun Experience Radio Show www.whyr.org

* Sun 7pm-9pm KLSU 91.1FM The Front Porch Fais Do-Do Cajun/Zydeco show with LSU student DJ Couillon. It broadcasts on the web at www.klsuradio.fm Request line: (225) 578-5578 

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NASHVILLE/NEW ORLEANS CONNECTION

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:

http://leskerr.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-nashville-new-orleans-musical-connection/

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San Francisco's Tompkins Square Label Releases 'Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America's Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013'. 3-CD Box Set Available Worldwide September 24, 2013

Unreleased performances by Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Kate McGarrigle, Rick Danko, Anais Mitchell, Sleepy John Estes, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and more.

Nestled in the quaint upstate town of Saratoga Springs, New York is Caffè Lena, the oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse in the US. Opened by Lena Spencer in 1960, this tiny room has played host to influential artists across diverse genres of music; traditional folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz and bluegrass. Luckily, many performances were caught on tape through the years, offering the listener a thrilling seat inside this hallowed venue. ‘Live At Caffè Lena’, a 3-CD box set, the result of years of investigative research, contains 47 tracks, all released for the very first time, alongside previously unpublished photographs. Images include selections from the archive of esteemed photographer Joe Alper, who captured many iconic, intimate portraits from the folk era of the 1960s.

'Live At Caffè Lena' documents an important folk universe that was and is still happening in upstate New York, a story heretofore largely untold. The release of this collection comes at an auspicious time in light of renewed interest in the New York folk scene of the 60s as depicted in the forthcoming Coen Brothers film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk's 2005 memoir 'The Mayor of Macdougal Street.' Van Ronk, a Caffè Lena regular, served as a mentor to many artists, some who would go on to eclipse his fame. His 1974 recording of "Gaslight Rag" featured on the box set references the Gaslight Café, a famed Greenwich Village venue that along with Caffè Lena was a catalyst for the folk music revival.

Caffè Lena embodied the spirit of the folk boom, the era and its artistry, building a reputation as a hotbed of creativity and connection. It was also a safe haven and nurturing space for artists, its atmosphere cultivated personally by Lena Spencer herself. She would graciously house wayward artists, sometimes for months at a time. But she was not merely a host. She championed artists, from Bob Dylan as early as 1961 all the way through the 80s until her passing. Her passion for identifying and promoting talent is evident throughout this 3-CD set. That Caffè Lena is still open for business tonight is a testament to her legacy.

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"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."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ae-0714-immigrant-music-20130713,0,6735268.column

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Pats Sylvest, "Highway 90" from Randy Rome Walsh on Vimeo.

Patrick Sylvest dot com!

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James Linden Hogg is the WWI Museum national History Day finalist and reigning state champion in the performance category.  

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REVIEW OF THE EXCELLENT CLEMENTINE HUNTER FOLK OPERA "ZINNIAS"...

http://www.nola.com/nolavie/index.ssf/2013/01/the_life_of_clementine_hunter.html


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Yoo hoo . . . its us again . . .

The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz "Not 'Yer Daddy's Bluegrass . . ." http://www.bagasseboyz.com http://www.cdbaby.com/all/theboyz

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AIRPLAY ON JIM HOGG'S HOGG HEAVEN

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

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Patrick Sylvest, "Collard Greens" from Randy Rome Walsh on Vimeo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgM583yfPdU

Patrick Sylvest dot com! Purchase CD's Here! www.reverbnation.com/patricksylvest

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Les Kerr, Old Lighthouse

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Robert Calmes/Drifthouse - Kennesaw Line

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Here's a great article on Clay Parker.

http://www.povhouma.com/Articles/2011/10/lv_15_1011.html

Patrick Sylvest

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Trouvère: Carl Kleinpeter ~ Lawrence King ~ Gary Ragan

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CAFE DES AMIS WANTS YOU!

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

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO BREATHE SECONDHAND SMOKE AT WORK.  WHY SHOULD I?
 
"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
 
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SOUTHERN FOLKLIFE COLLECTION ONLINE RADIO

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:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/sfc/index.php/streaming-radio/

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FOLKSINGERS ON THE RADIO

RECORDING STUDIOS IN LOUISIANA

http://masterdigital.com/studios/index.htm

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QUAKER BENEDICTION

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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NOTE TO PERFORMERS:

This website is updated Saturdays, before the Hootenanny Power radio show at 9 pm on WRKF.  Please don't wait until Monday or Tuesday after the radio show to send me info on a performance that coming Friday.  It definitely won't make the show, and probably won't make the website.  tlcaffery at yahoo dot com

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Clarence's Cajun/Zydeco show is on WBRH, 90.3 fm, Saturdays 7-8 pm, and area Cajun and Zydeco radio info are always found at www.cajunradio.org , Cajun music jams at http://www.cajunradio.org/cajunjams.html, and don't forget the  Baton Rouge Blues Society and all its events and listings, at www.batonrougeblues.org

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Click here for the playlist from the most recent Hootenanny Power on WRKF
Click here for other recent playlists. (Sometimes, when the web host is down with overnight planned maintenance, this second link will have the latest playlist first!)

Latino music, art and cultural events are listed at www.LaTno.com, described as "A loose Spanglish acronym for 'La. T n.o.' - Lah-TEE-noh, the Louisiana (La.) and New Orleans (n.o.) connection."

For fun, traditional country music, check out the Old South Jamboree, Walker LA.  (I wish they had a website!)
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For this week's Hootenanny Power show, thanks to  Caffery Gallery www.cafferygallery.com
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Write me via e-mail if your upcoming folk music, blues, celtic, world, cajun, or similar event should be here. WRKF's signal covers much of South Central Louisiana, so I'd like to include as much info as I can about events listeners might want to know about throughout the state.
--Taylor Caffery, WRKF tlcaffery@yahoo.com

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Remember, The Neutral Ground Coffee House in New Orleans  is Louisiana's oldest regular folk venue.  There's ALWAYS somebody worth hearing on their schedule, year 'round (an assertion supported by NPR's interview with owner Philip Melancon on Saturday, Aug 2, 2003's Weekend Edition, with Philip playing Roy Rogers songs on accordion!)  If you'll be in the Nawlins area, be sure to check the Neutral Ground calendar at www.neutralground.org  (Since Katrina, the website has not shown a current schedule, but it has a guestbook for artists and customers to check in)

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MORE BATON ROUGE ROOTS RADIO

Rob Payer Rhythm Review WBRH 90.3 FM   Saturday / 7am-1pm
Tabby Thomas Tabby's Blues Box on WBRH 90.3 FM  Saturday / 1pm-2pm
Weekly Guest host Blues Buffet WBRH 90.3 FM Saturday / 2pm-3pm
Pat McBride, Louisiana Gumbo on WBRH 90.3  Saturday / 3pm-4pm
S.J. Montalbano, Roots of Rock & Roll on WBRH 90.3   Saturday / 4pm-7pm
Zia Tammami, Spontaneous Combustion & Cat's Corner  Sunday  KLSU 91.1  10am-2pm 
      WBRH 90.3  3pm-7pm
Noel Jackson, The Southern Soul Show on KBRH 1260 AM  / Sunday 11am-noon
Clarence Moritz Jr., Cajun and Zydeco Radio Show, KBRH 1260 AM / Sunday noon - 2 pm

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YOU'RE ON TOO LATE FOR ME, TAYLOR!

People do express that sentiment to me oftimes, but the station schedule is guided by all sorts of important considerations, and I'm happy to continue to have the opportunity to bring this alternative music to our area and support the touring performers in whatever way possible. Now, my friend Rich Warren in Chicago on WFMT hosts a show called The Midnight Special, which has been around since the 1950s, when the host was Mike Nichols. Rich loves the late-night hours for folk music, but he knows some folks can't listen to the radio at that time (asleep? out partying?), so he has detailed instructions for taping his show, which can be done on a video recorder (vcr). Recognizing that his station's FM frequency is different, and you'd want to tune to 89.3, here's a link to Rich Warren's "manual" for taping a two-hour radio show on your VCR. Thanks, Rich.

ANOTHER WAY:

Get an iPhone or Android phone.  Download the WRKF app.  When the show starts, hit pause on your app.  Play it later.


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Thomas Mann Design Techno-Romantic Jewelry, at Caffery Gallery, 4016 Government Street at Richland 388-9397
Your basic collector's item: The General Store Hootenanny Power t-shirt

MARY ANN CAFFERY PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES AT BATON ROUGE GALLERY, AUGUST 2013

Mary Ann Caffery will be exhibiting new photographs along with artists Amy James and Brian Kelly at Baton Rouge Gallery beginning August 4 and running through August 30.  The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Wednesday, August 7 from 7 to 9 pm at Baton Rouge Gallery.

Mary Ann Caffery's photographic series titled Vignettes:  Out of the Darkness….Into the Light, is a series of photographs taken around the LSU lakes.

In November I began observing the migrating birds arriving at the LSU lakes here in Baton Rouge, as I have for many years.  Some years I document what I see in photographs and short videos, some years I just watch them.  This year I also took photo trips to the Lafayette, Jefferson Island, and Avery Island area to see the rookeries, as well as going on an annual group photographic expedition to the south Louisiana coast to document areas that are disappearing.

This series of photographs Vignettes:  Out of the Darkness…Into the Light is based on what I observed here in Baton Rouge on mornings when I was on  walks around the LSU lakes as I had often done in the winter months, primarily to watch the pelicans in their strange feeding rituals.  I kept stumbling onto this subplot of egrets in what I observed to be a surreal setting in that it looked like an ancient, choreographed stage production in which the birds were the actors, entering stage left, exiting stage right.  They emerged from the fog and from the darkness, then disappeared back into nowhere, as choruses of birds chanted on the sides.  There was an element of mystery in what I saw.  The scenes were so unusual that they looked like paintings when I looked at the photographs I had taken.

My goal in this series is to convey an atmosphere in my photographs that is mysterious and veiled or that portrays time standing still.   Photographs portray a moment in time, and in this case they emphasize that heavy, veiled, mysterious atmosphere of an early morning.  Some of the photographs in this series are about coming out of the darkness, some are about emerging into the light.  These photographs were taken with my point and shoot camera rather than my more modern DSLR camera.  I am not sure I could have captured that feel of old black and white movies and photographs, which I think makes these photographs convey what I want to convey, with the newer camera.

I work in a variety of mediums, the common thread running through all of my work being light—whether it be my work in glass, mosaic, paint, or photography.  When I was a student at LSU I took photography classes, and I have steadily photographed over the years.  I initially took photographs to use as inspirations for my paintings and glass work, but in this instance photographs best portrayed the stage drama of the family Egretta and their ancient rituals.