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This excellent single-CD anthology celebrates the short-lived but important Ric and Ron Records, whose early 1960s releases captured the bubbling stew of street blues, jazz, and soul that would coalesce into the commercial pop sounds that identify New Orleans' diverse yet distinct music today.
Alynda Segarra & The Special Men Issue New Single, "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" (premiere + interview)
King James (Jimmy Horn) taps Hurray for the Riff Raff leader Alynda Segarra for soulful new single "Don't Tell Me That It's Over".
New Jersey duo Dharmasoul makes its musical and spiritual home in New Orleans as evidenced on soulful LP Lightning Kid.
Gay carnival culture in New Orleans offers an interesting parallel to African American culture. This and other observations are offered in Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.