September 21st 11am - 2pm, Sunday Brunch at Flanagan's Creative Food and Drink in Thibodaux, LA

September 27th at 1pm, SE Louisiana Guitar Show, Roussel's and Co., Ponchatoula, LA

(complete calendar on website or FB)
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!"

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

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



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

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com< P>

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!

A bit of news this morning about the RED DRAGON SONGWRITERS SERIES at the Manship Theatre........some of it good and some of it bad news. I guess we should get the bad news out of the way. Afraid we have run into a lack of interest in our December SHAWN CAMP show. We have gone ahead and pulled the plug on it. We will honor our agreement with Shawn and present him at the regular Red Dragon, but we have cancelled the Manship show. After two months we had only sold eight seats and we just couldn't afford to take a financial bath on the show. But we will add it to our Red Dragon schedule, so let me know if you would like to attend! It is a shame when a massive talent like Shawn can't fill the place to the brim....
On to the good news......
We do have a bit of good news. We have secured a sponsor for our Friday, November 14 DARRELL SCOTT show. Our friends at KEAN MILLER have stepped up to make this show happen! Thanks, Y'all.....you are greatly appreciated!!! Our inability to secure sponsors for our last few shows has made things a bit tough lately.
Next up....Ray Wylie Hubbard!
Our next Manship show will be on Friday, Oct 10 when we host Texas music legend RAY WYLIE HUBBARD. Last year Ray played two sold out Red Dragon shows that were beyond incredible. This show is doing pretty well so far, but you can still get seats. Just go to www.ManshipTheatre.org to buy your tickets.

Although this show is doing pretty well, we still don't have a sponsor for it. Anyone want to be or last sponsor for this season? Lots of good seats, plenty of promotional value and our sincere appreciation! Just drop me a note if you control the purse strings at your company. Cost of a show sponsorship is $2500. Think about it!!!

This coming Tuesday....
On Tuesday, Sept 23 we are hosting folk icon IAIN MATTHEWS. I can't remember our last Tuesday show, but we will take Iain when we can get him. It has been almost a decade since we had a chance. Do not miss this opportunity. Seats are $25 and VIP couch seats are $35. If this were a weekend show it would sell out. Not sure what to expect on a Tue night......but things are looking good so far. Drop me a note if you can make it! MARTIN FLANAGAN will open (WOW, what a show!).
Sun, Sept 28   Jack Williams
A true traveling minstrel, this will be Jack's first show with us in over six years. Incredible guitar work and beautiful songs. A real nice way to spend a Sunday. The show will be at 7pm.....a little early for a Sunday show. Our friends POLLY PRY  will open. Let me know if I can reserve seats for you ($20, VIPS $30).

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


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



 "A Celebration of Literature and Art"  is hosting a "Folk Music Open Mic"  Sunday afternoon, October 19 at Heminbough in St. Francisville.  It will be in the outdoor amphitheater.  Share the flyer below Would anyone like to participate?   DayReaves@bellsouth.net

Gospel singing - Sunday Oct. 12th - 2:00pm - Suma Hills Theatre / Free Show

Old Feed Store Jam series in Covington 12-3 pm.  Concert followed by jam.
Sept. 20 Jemini Venture  - Original tunes along with bluegrass and Jazz influenced Americana
Sept. 27 Gina Forsyth  -  One of the top Fiddlers and song writers in Louisiana
Oct. 4 The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz  - Straight ahead bluegrass meets swing and pop
Oct. 11 The Driskill Mountain Boys  -  One of Louisiana's most well known bluegrass groups
Oct. 18 The Chris Talley Band   - a string wizard with old standards and blazing New Grass tunes
Oct. 25 The Last Chance Bluegrass Band   -  Consistently entertaining performances from this group of veteran players - what a great end to our season

Marsolan Feed and Seed Store 316 E. Gibson street in Downtown Covington.

Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
[Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n]
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou.
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600
Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and roadside ditches of Louisiana


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


Lafayette musician, Marty Christian will be having a release party for his new CD “What I Came Here To Do” Saturday, Oct 4th at Artmosphere Bistro.  Christian calls his music Bluesicana: Americana music with deep Blues roots.  Christian will perform songs from his new Cd in both an intimate acoustic set and two sets with a full electric band including Frank Kincel on drums and Cal Stevenson on Bass.  Guitar wizard, Darrin Kobetich from Fort Worth, TX opens.  The Cd will be available for download on iTunes on Oct 1st with presales will begin on Sept. 10th.  More information available at www.martychristian.com 

This is the fourth CD of original music for Christian who first came to Lafayette from Austin, TX in 2003 to join up as the guitarist and Blues shouter for Zydeco master, Thomas “Big Hat”Fields.  Since then, the Cleveland, OH native has had a successful solo career as a songwriter, an acoustic performer and also honed his electric skills as the guitarist for Blues stalwarts Henry Gray and Carol Fran.  This Cd features a return to Christian’s original style of writing that blends Blues with Soul, Country, Funk, Swing and Americana styles. This CD features 8 new original songs as well as 2 renditions of his own material previously never recorded with a band.  The musicians on the Cd feature the rhythm section of Lee Zeno and Frank Kincel who Christian started working with in their band, Rue Boogaloo in 2010.  The CD was recorded in Lafayette, Louisiana by Jerry LeJeune at Evangeline Recording Studio and mastered by Tony Daigle.

more info and streams of songs from the CD can be found on his website:



Described as having "a voice stolen from angels", Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Johnny was so impressed with Tia, he invited her into June's dressing room to introduce the two. Johnny Cash wasn't the only one who recognized a shining star!

Soon heavyweights like Randy Bachman (BTO), Dan Hill (Celine Dion), Andrew Gold, Mark Slaughter, and countless others, were inviting Tia to write and record with them.

Every songwriter's dream is to make it in Nashville, and Tia soon found herself moving there to further her passion and craft. It was in Music City, USA, that this Canadian songstress met Colorado native, Tommy Parham (Lee Greenwood's "Rocks You Can't Move”.

Together, they have a passion for song writing “outside the box”.  They celebrate numerous film/TV placements, including Ashley Judd’s “Come Early Morning”, and their song “All Of Us”, which was used in an Australian TV commercial promoting multiculturalism was also used in a video on World Youth Day in Sydney.

6 CD releases, 4 CMT videos, 15 years of main stage festivals and headline concert performances, and you have a singer/songwriter who has crafted a musical career that is respected and celebrated by thousands of fans and industry notables today.

Calmes House Concerts: rcalmes2@yahoo.com

Tia McGraff, Friday Oct. 17 2014



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

Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball, currently celebrating the release of her new Alligator Records CD, THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN, will give a free performance as part of the Rockin' the Rails Concert Series in Covington on Thursday, October 9, 2014. 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: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Event: Rockin' the Rails Concert Series
Venue: Covington Trailhead
Address: 419 North New Hampshire Street
City: Covington, LA
Phone: 985-892-1873
Showtime: 5:00pm
Ticket price: Free admission
Website: www.covla.com

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."


TOP ARTISTS OF AUGUST 2014 Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists Based on 13812 airplays from 137 different DJs www.folkradio.org

1. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
2. Chris Smither
3. Eliza Gilkyson
4. Jim Photoglo
5. Cahalen Morrison And Country Hammer
6. Bob Dylan
7. Jeremy Lyons
8. Carolyn Currie
9. Pete Seeger
10. Ellis Paul
10. Jean Redpath
10. Red Molly
13. Haas Kowert Tice
13. Locust Honey String Band
15. The Duhks
15. Old Crow Medicine Show
17. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
18. Lynne Hanson
19. Joe Crookston
19. Peggy Seeger
21. Michael Cleveland
22. John Malcolm Penn
22. Larry Sparks
22. Rod MacDonald
25. Jim Lauderdale
25. Robin And Linda Williams
25. Runa
25. Tim Grimm
29. David Olney
29. John Hiatt
31. Kim And Reggie Harris
32. Frank Solivan
32. John McCutcheon
32. Seldom Scene
35. Bumper Jacksons
35. John Gorka
35. Missy Werner
38. Alison Krauss
38. Carrie Elkin And Danny Schmidt
38. John Cowan




    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

Saturday, October 4, 12:00 Noon
Old Feed Store Music Series
Marsolan Feed Store
316 E. Gibson Street in Downtown Covington, LA
And, Fox Channel 8 out of New Orleans will be there with the Fox 8 Live crew to film a “Heart of Louisiana” segment to be aired on October 14.  And no, it’s not “America’s Most Wanted”.  We’d be at the bottom of that list.
Sunday, October 5, 2:00 PM
Sugar Festival, Port Allen, LA
On the grounds of The West Baton Rouge Parish Museum
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.


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Thomas Mann Techno-Romantic jewelry at Caffery Gallery
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 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.