Henry Gray

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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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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Brian "BB" Bruce, R.I.P.

by admin March 10, 2010

When we were in Louisiana in January interviewing 85-year-old bluesman Henry Gray, he and his band were dealing with the sad news that their harmonica player, Brian “BB” Bruce, was dying of cancer. Smiley Anders, a columnist for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, described BB as “the skinny white guy on the blues harp in […]

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Blues in two languages

by admin January 23, 2010

Carol Fran from Barry on Vimeo. When we caught up with Carol Fran, the blues diva from Lafayette was recovering from a mini-stroke. But that didn’t stop her from exercising her formidable pipes. Fran will be recording several tracks on a compilation CD next week, and the night of our visit she had a rehearsal […]

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Who’s that man playing Stagger Lee?

by admin January 20, 2010

Henry Gray, who for 14 years played piano for Chicago bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, spent his 85th birthday yesterday the same way he spends every weekday: entertaining the lunchtime crowd at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Government Street in Baton Rouge. Gray, who won National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006 (and […]

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The best of the blues?

by admin December 10, 2009

Every January, the New Orleans music magazine Offbeat throws a party to honor the region’s best musicians. This year’s Best of the Beat Awards will be held Jan. 22 at House of Blues in the French Quarter. We’ve already written about two of the nominees in the blues categories, Little Freddie King and Ernie Vincent. […]

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