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Carol Fran

The national showcase she deserves

by barry October 2, 2013

When we first interviewed Carol Fran for our Still Singing the Blues documentary, we knew immediately that she was a national treasure. The blues she sings are rooted in Louisiana’s swampy soil, from the throaty emotionality of her 1957 hit Emmitt Lee to the French Creole language she uses in Tou’ les jours c’est pas […]

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Rue Boogaloo

by barry January 7, 2011

Rue Boogaloo Radio by marty christian A musical interlude today. The first hour our our series features the extraordinary 77-year-old blues diva Carol Fran of Lafayette. Often accompanying Carol these days are Marty Christian and Andy Cornett, who also have their own band, Rue Boogaloo. They call their music “that Southwest Louisiana sound—full of soulful […]

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New Year’s Eve on the border

by barry December 14, 2010

If you live in the Rio Grande Valley, please be sure to spend New Year’s Eve with us. KMBH 88.9 FM in Harlingen, Texas, along with its sister station KHID 88.1 FM in McAllen, Texas, will broadcast both halves of our series on Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. until midnight. The two stations combined cover […]

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Louisiana Swamp Stomp

by barry November 2, 2010

The opening minutes of Still Singing the Blues (Hour 1) feature a lively recording session in which Carol Fran sings, in English and French, her song “Everyday is Not the Same.” She was recording that tune (along with “I Need to Be Be’d With”) for Louisiana Swamp Stomp, a CD produced as a benefit for […]

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Return to Louisiana

by barry November 1, 2010

I’ve been back in Louisiana for the past few weeks, working on a series of articles and audio podcasts for the online edition of OnEarth Magazine, an independent publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The series, called “Losing Louisiana,” is about the long-term aftermath of the BP oil spill, as well as 80 years’ […]

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Help a great American music survive

by barry October 11, 2010

Last week, we sent out this message to some of our friends and supporters—part of our effort to raise the last $7,000 we need for this project. If you’ve been enjoying “Still Singing the Blues,” we hope you’ll take the time to read this and make a contribution you can afford. CLICK HERE TO GO […]

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Good listenin’ in New Orleans (or anywhere)

by barry October 5, 2010

Whether or not you’re near New Orleans, here are two opportunities to hear several musicians featured in our documentary series, as well as a host of other talented artists: From WWOZ’s web site: “The New Orleans Voodoo Blues Krewe’s Voodoo Blues Challenge finals are on October 8 at Rock & Bowl—and WWOZ will broadcast the […]

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Don’t miss the Stomp

by barry September 19, 2010

Before you even read this post, take a listen to Barbara Lynn‘s 1962 R&B hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing.” You can listen by clicking here. This will help you understand why this coming weekend is an exciting one for music lovers in New Orleans. On Sept. 24 and 25, Ponderosa Stomp will celebrate the […]

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Carol Fran and Harmonica Blues

by barry September 4, 2010

Blues diva Carol Fran, a wondrous performer from Lafayette who is featured prominently in Still Singing the Blues, is spending this weekend in Phoenix, performing at the release party of a rollicking new CD. The album is Harmonica Blues by Bob Corritore. It features an all-star cast of blues musicians from around the country. Corritore, […]

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LA Fête Cultural

by barry August 23, 2010

Carol Fran, one of the three main musicians profiled in our documentary, will be the featured guest at LA Fête Cultural 2010, described by WWOZ as “a benefit event for workers at various types of cultural institutions who have been affected by the BP oil disaster.”  Fran will perform at a Patron Party Wednesday, Aug. […]

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