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Behind the Keys – The Origins of New Orleans Piano

The piano music that came from New Orleans played a preeminent role in the development of Jazz, Blues, and Rock music, and it's legacy and rhythms continue to this day.

River Crests in Memphis, Downstream Still Faces Dangers

The Mississippi crested just shy of the record in Memphis last night, but many of the musical meccas, homes, and farmland along the Mississippi are still facing record flooding

New Orleans Jazzfest — Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, one of the finest, oldest, largest music festivals in the country, starts tomorrow! Nearly half a million people will be descending on the Crescent City!
Trombone Shorty - Backatown FEATURED

"Backatown" by Trombone Shorty — Supafunkrockadellic!

Recent Grammy nominee and New Orleans native Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, has been exploding in popularity. His album Backatown is a rockin', funky, horn-heavy good time.
Tab Benoit - Medicine

"Medicine" by Tab Benoit Is Powerful Cajun-Man Blues

Tab Benoit, one of the blues' most successful artists in decades, is set to release his latest studio album, and it may well be his best to date.

Behind The Keys – Dr. John, Known as the Night Tripper

Dr. John is one of the most internationally celebrated musicians to come from New Orleans. After a half century of creating music, he's still running fast and strong.
Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions Promo (narrow)

Marcia Ball's "Roadside Attractions" is Louisiana Rockin' Blues!

Marcia Ball is a force of New Orleans piano playing & a Texas roadhouse fireball! Her new album "Roadside Attractions" from Alligator Records is a pumped-up, gulf coast piano force to be reckoned with!
Hugh Laurie, Dr. House (Wide)

Hugh Laurie Speaks on His Upcoming Blues Album

Holy cow, Hugh Laurie (Dr. House) is one hardcore blues fan with amazingly insightful things to say about the blues and his many, often very early blues favorites.
James Booker at New Orleans Jazz Festival, 1978

Behind the Keys – James Booker, The Clown Prince of New Orleans Piano

In a region glutted with flamboyant musicians, James Booker's reputation as both a genius and a flake reached legendary proportions. He performed with style and wild improvisational frenzy.
Lee Pons

Free Blues Christmas Tracks from Lee Pons

Lee Pons, A good friend of American Blues Scene, who we've interviewed last month, just came by and gave us (and all of you!) an early Christmas present! He sat down the other night and pounded out eleven traditional Christmas tracks on his piano, with a blues twist!
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