Articles by: Leslie Michele Derrough

2018 Jazz Fest Day 2: Common, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Batiste, Fats Domino References Lead Big Ticket Saturday

“This is Jazz Fest – it doesn’t get much better than this!” So were the words of a music fan as she made her way towards the main Acura Stage, where artists such as Rod ...

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2018 Jazz Fest Day One: Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson, Sting, Samantha Fish Kick Things Off Right

Listen up, Jazz Fest Day 2, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you – because Day 1 is going to be hard to beat. For an opening day, the weather was picture perfect ...

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2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Kicks Off Friday: The Artists Share Jazz Fest Memories (PREVIEW)

With the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival only days away (April 27th – May 6th), it’s a good time to start printing out the cubes and marking off who you want to see. ...

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Royston Langdon Talks New Musical Endeavor LEEDS, Spacehog’s Past & Tasteful Musical Insight (INTERVIEW)

It starts with a few thumps, like a heart awakening to a new day. With a few strums of an acoustic guitar, life slowly kicks in and you begin again. It’s how Royston Langdon has ...

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Jon Lawhon of Black Stone Cherry Talks New Album ‘Family Tree’, Recording With Warren Haynes, Turning Bluegrass Into Rock (INTERVIEW)

Black Stone Cherry is the kind of band that can play your backyard BBQ party and then headline a major music festival and put out the same blast of energy at both places. All four ...

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Elizabeth Cook Tells Stories, Sings Songs, Cracks Jokes at Baton Rouge’s Red Dragon Listening Room (SHOW REVIEW)

Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook brought us into her living room last Friday night (April 6, 2018) at the Red Dragon Listening Room in Baton Rouge. Sitting in a chair, jacket thrown over the back, tall lamp ...

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Caleb Crosby of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Talks Leading Rock’s Next Big Invasion & Opening For Guns N’ Roses (INTERVIEW)

“It’s a little dreary today but the temperature is nice and I’m actually outside in my backyard right now. I don’t mind it,” said Caleb Crosby with a laugh. Crosby, drummer for Tyler Bryant & ...

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Country Singer-Songwriter Elizabeth Cook Proves Never Too Late To Break Big (INTERVIEW)

It was just in her DNA that Elizabeth Cook would end up standing behind a microphone and singing. Her mother sang honky tonk and her father played stand-up bass so music was always a part ...

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Leah James Keeps The Elegant In Vocal Stylings On Debut Solo LP ‘While She Sleeps’ (INTERVIEW)

Leah James has a unique musical gift: that her vocals and melodies contain a beauty not often found without enhancement in today’s modern music world, where over-the-top chanteuses prefer the outrageous over the intimate. It ...

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Marcus King Quickly Evolves To A Lister Guitarist Band Leader (INTERVIEW)

He may be young but Marcus King has the fastest old blues fingers around today. With only three recordings under his belt, the just-turned 22-year-old from South Carolina has already made a name for himself ...

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