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


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

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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!

Fullbright show is sold out....
I guess the fastest way to get people to request reservations is to announce a show as "sold out". We announced our Dec 7 JOHN FULLBRIGHT show as sold out a few days ago. Since then I've had eight more requests. All I can do at this point is put you on a waiting list. Hey, maybe I should check with his management about the next night........

Fri, Nov 21  A.J. Croce!!!!
Eight albums, huge critical acclaim and a family legacy that is unrivaled. Yup, we have booked piano man A.J. CROCE. The only child of legendary folkies INGRID & JIM CROCE, this is a booking I have worked on for months. We finally made em an offer they couldn't refuse. The show is on Friday, November 21 at 8pm and seats are $30......or be a VIP for $40. Our good friend PATRICK SYLVEST is tentatively scheduled to open....you guys gotta hear his new CD....it is simply wonderful! Reservations are now open. This show will sell out, so reserve early (like NOW!). On your mark, get set, gooooooooooo!

Binky's (exhausted) Dad, chris m --full schedule at www.reddragonlr.com


On October 23, at 8:00 p.m., Shannon Whitworth will perform at the
Red Dragon Listening Room , Baton Rouge, LA. Reservations are available here: cmaxwell@premier.net


Soulful Songwriter and Performer on Tour Now in Support of ADDY Award-Winning Album
Nashville, Tenn.— If Shannon Whitworth’s first two albums were cross-country treks, High Tide is a trans-Atlantic voyage. Leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding songstress behind, Whitworth’s new adventure steers into waters both familiar and refreshingly new, Gibson SG in hand.

On the heels of a year spent touring with Chris Isaak and the Tedeschi Trucks Band and recording as the singing voice of Belk department stores’ latest campaign, High Tide finds Whitworth collaborating with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) and producer Seth Kauffman, while continuing to hit the road with her core quartet.

From the first rolling rhythms, it’s evident that this album charts new waters. Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots (she’s a favorite at MerleFest) but sheds its traditional skin at the door, High Tide begins with a journey to the coast that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition. Whether you’re holed up in a chilly Appalachian barn or walking the coast on a hot August evening, Whitworth’s High Tide holds universal appeal, from the mountains to the sea.

Since her days as the anchor voice and songwriter of lauded N.C. ensemble The Biscuit Burners, Shannon Whitworth has attracted international attention with her passionate presence and a talent that’s evident within moments of taking the stage. Shannon will continue with a string of tour dates this year to support High Tide. Appearances of note include stops in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia South Carolina and her home state of North Carolina. For more information, please visit http://shannonwhitworth.net/
Kind Words:
“Her swooning voice anchors the song, though it’s clear she’s steering toward new waters with this latest release.” - Emma Alford, American Songwriter

“[High Tide] turned out to be a bounty of beautiful and well-crafted original material.”
- Craig Shelburne, CMT Edge

“The North Carolina singer-songwriter’s third album is top-to-bottom sturdy—10 dusky, dreamy songs about ephemeral romance, delivered in Whitworth’s relaxed alto.” - Steve Leftridge, PopMatters

“On her third album, it seems Shannon Whitworth has settled into a groove...when added up, the sum is her best album to date.” - Daniel Kohn, Filter Magazine



Festivals Acadiens (Oct. 12), Spirits (Alexandria--Oct. 22), and more!


News from Johnny Palazzatto:

Coming up 11/1-2/14 GN Gonzales Bikes & Blues Sat. 11/1 Gillis Silo 2:30 and Chris LeBlanc at 4:30; Sunday, 11/2
2p One More Time (OMT)

Sat. 11/15 Louisiana Veterans Festival West Feliciana Sport Park Hwy 61 St. Francisville, La. 10a-9p



Cellist playing mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, R&B

Friday 24 October 2014, 7:30 pm




"Rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B." --USA Today

Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball celebrates the release of her new Alligator Records CD, THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN, with a live performance on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the LA Vets-Fest in St. Francisville. Ball's groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans everywhere. Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano. THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN is her sixth release for Alligator. Four of her previous five releases received Grammy Award nominations. Ball received the 2012 Blues Music Award (BMA) for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Of The Year. She has now won a total of nine BMAs and has received a whopping 42 nominations. Ball received a 2014 Living Blues Readers' Poll Award for Most
Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) and now holds seven Living Blues Awards in all. She was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Concert information is as follows:

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Event: LA Vets-Fest
Venue: West Feliciana Parish Sports Park
Address: 10226 West Feliciana Parkway
City: St. Francisville, LA
Showtime: 2:00pm
Ticket price: $25
Website: www.lavetsfest.org
*See website for complete event information

Marcia Ball has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world.

On THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN, Ball draws listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures, richly detailed with characters, flavors and scenes straight out of Louisiana and Texas. With raucous horns punctuating Ball's legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the new CD mixes Ball's New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her four-decade career.

From the poignant Just Keep Holding On to the fresh start of Clean My House to the surprising and timely The Squeeze Is On to the southern warmth of Human Kindness, Ball has delivered a set of songs so well written and so well performed, she'll astound and delight her longtime fans and give newcomers plenty of reasons to join the party. Featuring her stellar, road-tested touring band, with help from friends Delbert McClinton and Terrance Simien and production by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi), THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN is happy, moving, joyful, stirring, thought-provoking, danceable and fun.

After a 1978 solo LP for Capitol and a successful series of releases on Rounder, Ball joined the Alligator Records family in 2001 with the release of the critically acclaimed Presumed Innocent. The CD took home the 2002 Blues Music Award for Blues Album Of The Year. 2004's So Many Rivers, 2005's Live! Down The Road, 2008's Peace, Love & BBQ and 2011's Roadside Attractions all received Grammy Award nominations as well as critical and popular acclaim.

The New York Times says, "Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time." Living Blues declares, "Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate." Of the new album, Ball says, "I don't make a record until I have something to say, stories to tell, messages to impart. I try to make records that are true to me," she continues, "and this one couldn't be truer."

Who:                    DARRELL SCOTT

What:                 performing

Where:               Manship Theatre-Red Dragon ~ Baton Rouge, LA

When:                 November 14

Time:                   7:30pm

Ages:                    all ages

Tix:                       TBD

Website:          http://www.darrellscott.com/index.php

Bio: Darrell Scott released his most recent solo album, Long Ride Home, in January 2012.  Long Ride Home is Darrel’s seventh studio album and was self-produced with mixing and mastering by Ray Kennedy (Ray Davies, Steve Earle).  This album features Scott’s songwriting as a vehicle to revisit and pay tribute to the music of his youth.  Scott says he was “baptized into country music” throughout his youth, and many songs on the album are nearly as old as those memories of his youth, two from as far back as when he was 16 (co-writes with his father, Wayne Scott). Recorded in Scott’s sun-drenched living room over several days of an early spring, the project is an intimate homage to the music Darrell remembers.

Scott centered the core band around Hargus “Pig” Robbins, his Band of Joy band mate Dennis Crouch and longtime friend Kenny Malone. Then friends Guy Clark, Wayne Scott, Rodney Crowell, Patty Griffin, Tim O’Brien, John Cowan, Lloyd Green, Charlie McCoy, Mickey Raphael, Marcus Hummon, Jonell Mosser and Kathy Chiavola all dropped by at some point to lend their talents.

Darrell Scott has, over the past decade-plus, assumed a rarified place in American music. His literary but accessible songwriting has been the foundation of his reputation. His singing is uncommonly strong and nuanced. And his chops on guitar and steel, practiced over a lifetime of blue-collar musicianship, have earned him elite sideman gigs like Robert Plant’s current Band of Joy. With three Grammy nominations and an Americana Music Award to his credit, Scott has more than proven his stature as one of the finest all-around musicians in the world.  Now on Long Ride Home, the country music that shaped his musical character and that has informed his prior work in ways explicit and subtle, finally blasts to the surface.

More on Darrell Scott:

Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist (he plays 13 instruments!), and an ASCAP songwriter of the year. Darrell delivers his soulful performances in solo, duo, trio, band, and string quintet configurations, all equally dynamic and powerful. Darrell will be touring in 2012 in support of his new CD “Long Ride Home.” Songwriting credits include the Grammy Award winning “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town.” When not on tour with his own shows, Darrell plays in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy.

Career Highlights:

Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song – “Long Time Gone” Dixie Chicks 2003
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance – “The Second Mouse” 2001
Americana 2007 Song of the Year – “Hank Williams’ Ghost”
Rolling Stone Magazine listed Theatre of the Unheard as one of the 2003 Critics Top Albums
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year 2002
NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2001

Songs recorded by over 70 artists including: Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw

THE ARTS COUNCIL INVITES the Capital Region to enjoy great free music every Sunday through November 9 from 2pm to 5pm at North Boulevard Town Square.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and 225 Magazine announce the next installment of the Sunday in the Park free concert series at North Boulevard Town Square. A stellar lineup of musicians has been announced, which kicked off last weekend with Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. This Sunday the Mulligan Brothers come to town for a free outdoor concert, and they will be followed by Blair Crimmins, Damon Fowler, Seth Walker, and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band to close the season.

Sunday in the Park is a series of free outdoor concerts held from 2pm to 5pm at North Boulevard's Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge. The downtown setting, two blocks from the Mississippi River and at the heart of the Capital City, provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the mild Fall afternoons with a picnic, friends, and wonderful live music.

"What better way to activate the front yard of Baton Rouge than with some of our region's most interesting music-makers," said Eric Holowacz, CEO of the Arts Council. "We've planned a variety of styles and performers who will spend Sunday afternoons giving our community their songs."

The Sunday in the Park series is a family-friendly environment, and includes free face painting and balloon creations for the little ones. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, support the surrounding restaurants and businesses, and spend the day enjoying a creative city.

Sunday in the Park is presented in the Fall and Spring by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and is made possible by generous support from the Office of the Mayor-President, Baton Rouge Metro Council, Visit Baton Rouge, 225 Magazine, WRKF 89.3, and NBC-33/FOX-44.



So it's not too surprising that the hospital's foundation teamed up with Louisiana Folk Roots for a project that taps into the area's rich heritage....



FREE -REGULAR 2ND SATURDAY BLUEGRASS JAM at the Main Street Market (corner of 5th & Main) in downtown Baton Rouge. Covered parking and air conditioned picking parlor. Plenty food and beverages. 11 AM-2 PM.
FREE - Old Marsolan Feed Store Concert & Jam Saturday NOON - 2 pm in Covington, E. Gibson St.
FREE - Country & Gospel Music show at the Suma Hills Center at the Satsuma Exit on I-12 - Sunday 2 - 4 PM hosted by "Sunday Morning in Hogg Heaven" radio show.
"Steel Wheels" in concert on Sunday October 19 at the Manship Theatre in BR!
7:00 PM following the Sunday Boutin's Bluegrass Jam.
Free - Open Mike Folk Music at Heminbough.
Sunday, October 19, 4 - 6 pm near St. Francisville.
"A Celebration of Literature and Art" is hosting a "Folk Music Open Mic" Sunday afternoon, October 19 at Heminbough on Hwy. 61 south of St. Francisville. It will be in the outdoor amphitheater. If anyone would like to participate, contact: DayReaves@bellsouth.net
Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
2014 regular jams
Mon nite - bluegrass Jam "HI HO Lounge" - St. Claude Ave - New Orleans 7 pm
Mon nite - bluegrass Jam - Lafayette - downtown Cite des Arts Theatre 7 pm
Tues nite - Denham Springs - Bluegrass Jam at the Cactus Cafe 6:30 PM
Thurs nite - bluegrass JAM - Orlando's Cafe 7 - 9 pm. Hwy 22 in Madisonville
Sun Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Jam - BOUTIN'S (Bluebonnet in BR) - 3 p.m.- 6 pm
2nd & 4th Sat - bluegrass JAM - 11 am @ Main St. Market - BR
4th Tues - Gospel Jam - Faith Presb Ch - Hwy 1085 in Covington - 7 pm.

Mon nite - Lagniappe Dulcimer Soc'y - 6 pm, Comm'y Bible Church, 8354 Jeffersn Hwy - BR
2nd & 4th Sat - Cajun Dulcimer Soc'y - 10 am - Acad'n Cultrl Cntr - Laf.






Our main financial supporter is HARRIS Law Firm. Preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan who is concerned about his family and estate, and for the serious "picker" who is concerned about the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. www.HarrisLawBR.com

(blugras discount)
Lynn Boutin allows us the use of his restaurant facility at BOUTIN's on Bluebonnet Blvd. for jams every Sunday (20 years). Invaluable! Without Lynn = homeless. ....tell him how much you appreciate his support of bluegrass and roots music.
Gerard Furniture in BR is a generous financial supporter, contributing to the cost of bringing in guest performers for Jams. Show support by mentioning "bluegrass" when you visit the store.
Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana



The Daily Advertiser
As the deadline looms for C.J. Chenier’s response to a lawsuit filed by the heirs of Clifton Chenier against C.J. Chenier in the 15th Judicial District Court, the plaintiff’s attorney hasn’t heard from the defendant.

Chenier, named Clayton Joseph Thompson in the petition, was served Sept. 26, at the season opening Music & Market event in Opelousas. Chenier has until Monday to answer the petition.

“I haven’t heard anything from them, but they do have 15 days to answer,” said King Alexander, who represents relatives of Margaret Chenier, Clifton’s deceased wife. “Like a few lawyers who deviate from the custom of South Louisiana, except for New Orleans, if a lawyer contacted me for an extension time in which to answer, I would always grant it.”

Chenier maintains a wait-and-see approach.

“I just decided it don’t make sense for me to get into all that junk,” Chenier said. “I’ll just deal with it when the time comes and I’m not going to worry about it, man.”

The petition states that Chenier, a zydeco musician who says the late Clifton Chenier claimed him as his son, cannot be the son of the late zydeco legend because the latter was “unable to sire any biological or natural children;” and that C.J. Chenier must stop using the Chenier name.

“From what he said (last week in The Daily Advertiser), he thinks all this will come out in the wash,” said Alexander. “I’m perfectly willing for that to happen. If he’s willing to lose in court, but win in the court of public opinion then that’s kind of what he’s done so far.”....


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will be performing at the Red Dragon Listening Room in Baton Rouge, LA on November 19th. Showtime is at 8:00 PM. Mary Gauthier is touring in support of her latest release Trouble & Love which was released on June 10th and has received unanimous praise from the press.

The powerful and personal album (a Mary Gauthier trademark) cuts to the core of human emotions as it deals with the roller coaster ride of pain and loss, but also hope as it climaxes with transformation and triumphant redemption. Trouble and Love has connected with the press as it has received glowing coverage via reviews and features in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, American Songwriter, CMT Edge, Seattle Weekly and many more. Mary Gauthier visited NPR’s Fresh Air for a sit down with host Terry Gross, which made for a compelling program. (Click HERE
to listen).

Trouble & Love reached #31 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart and has also charted at Americana radio. Kicking off her campaign with an April 2014 performance at the Grammy Museum in LA, highlights of Gauthier’s album release also included a performance on Good Day LA and two epic performances (and standing ovation) at the historic Grand Ole Opry (click HERE
to view).

Mary Gauthier has received countless critical accolades over the last decade for her six studio albums and live performances. Trouble & Love has connected just as deeply, proving that she is indeed one of the most powerful songwriters around today and an important voice in our musical landscape.



YELLOW LEAF ARTS FESTIVAL Parker Park, St. Francisville, La.

Oct. 25 and 26, 2014 10 until 5 both days

Over 50 Unique and Original artists and craftspeople showing and selling their creations! Live music! Great homemade local food! Iron working demo, poetry tent and much more!

Saturday under the music tent:

10:00 The 2nd grade choir

10:30 Young songbirds show (participants in Arts for All’s summer music camp will perform)

11:30 Clay Parker

1:00 Patrick Sylvest

3:00 Poetry Readings by: Ralph Adamo, Ava Leavell Haymon, Julie Kane and Ed Ruzicka, and then time for open mic poetry

Sunday under the music tent:

10:00 - songwriter showcase featuring a couple of our artists who are musicians including the extremely talented Ronnie Collins!

1:00 The Wilder Janes

2:30 The Fugitive Poets

4:00 Songbird reunion jam

For more information go to yellowleaf.felicianalocal.com


The Steel Wheels are headed to Baton Rouge in October!

The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker's fiddle, Brian Dickel's upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. www.thesteelwheels.com

Artist: The Steel Wheels
Date & Time: Sunday, 10/19/2014, 7:30 PM
Location: Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA, www.manshiptheatre.org


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!"



TOP ARTISTS OF SEPTEMBER 2014 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13322 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Johnsmith
2. Mark Erelli
3. Jesse Winchester
4. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
5. Bob Dylan
6. Anne Hills
6. John McCutcheon
8. Kyle Carey
9. Cahalen Morrison And Country Hammer
10. Chris Smither
11. Front Country
12. Adler And Hearne
12. Pete Seeger
14. Jean Redpath
15. Aaron Nathans And Michael G. Ronstadt
16. Bill Monroe
17. Ellis Paul
18. Jackson Browne
18. Loudon Wainwright III
18. Moira Smiley And Voco
18. Red Molly
18. Steve Earle
23. Hot Rize
24. The Earls Of Leicester
24. Emmylou Harris
26. Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas And Rob Ickes
27. Gillian Welch
27. Jim Photoglo
29. Eliza Gilkyson
29. Old Crow Medicine Show
31. Jeremy Lyons
31. Joe Crookston
33. The Duhks
33. Teresa Storch
35. John Gorka
35. Johnny Cash
35. Lynne Hanson
35. Robert Bruey
35. Stan Rogers
35. Stray Birds




    6554 Louisiana State Highway 44, PO Box 397, Convent, Louisiana 70723

Poche' Plantation Arts and Crafts Show has opened up it's grounds and porches to Acoustic Musicians to come and jam and share the joy of music on Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm.

If you play an Acoustic Instrument or Sing, come and join us for this inaugural String Jam. Musicians will be provided with free admission, an event T-Shirt and Food. There will be a staging area where you may store your cases.

No amplification is allowed.

Won't you join us? This is sure to be memorable and fun!




The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz

Friday, November 14th, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Festival at the Barn, The Music Barn in Polkville, MS
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Lagniappe Dulcimer Festival
Port Allen, LA
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Calmes House Concert Series
Central, LA 

Highlights of Graham Nash at Folk Alliance in Kansas City 2014



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
Paper $25.95, ebook available
LSU Press Paperback Original





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.


See ya'll soon.

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



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 



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:




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.


"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."



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

Patrick Sylvest dot com!


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





Yoo hoo . . . its us again . . .

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







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



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


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


Les Kerr, Old Lighthouse


Robert Calmes/Drifthouse - Kennesaw Line


Here's a great article on Clay Parker.


Patrick Sylvest



Trouvère: Carl Kleinpeter ~ Lawrence King ~ Gary Ragan



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.



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



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


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!)

For this week's Hootenanny Power show, thanks to  Caffery Gallery www.cafferygallery.com

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


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)



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



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.


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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Your basic collector's item: The General Store Hootenanny Power t-shirt


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.