A pretty remarkable musician, James "Bat" Robinson was born in Louisiana in 1903 but raised in Memphis.
William "Lefty" Bates was born in Alabama in 1920 but raised in St. Louis. While at Vashon High School he helped form the Hi-De-Ho Boys, who later moved to Chicago and recorded for Decca.
Festival International de Louisiane started in 1986 to celebrate its native cultures through performing arts. It is committed to maintaining the venue as a free, community-supported event.
Always uplifting, Florida-based JJ Grey & Mofro returned to the Pageant on Saturday night with their special blend of swampy Southern blues-rock. Against a backdrop depicting the cover art from the band's new album, "Ol' Glory," -- a silhouette of two deer beneath the twisting branches of a tree -- the band put forth an energetic two-plus-hour set featuring both new material and old favorites, beginning with the funky-slow drawl of "Mississippi."
Growing up in the Dakotas didn't offer many outlets for entertainment. But for East Side Slim the summer was when he could get his musical fix. AM radio stations would provide the music that would later propel him into a career of DJing.
Greasy as a skillet and twice as hot and heavy, Brooklyn, New York band Yazan heats up some Southern garage blues on the new track "Tell Me Baby."
Last year was a busy one in regards to American music, and who could be expected to hear all the fine releases let loose late in the year?
Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.