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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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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Tune into WWOZ Tuesday

by barry July 31, 2010

WWOZ, New Orleans’ fabulous community radio station, will broadcast Still Singing the Blues Tuesday, Aug. 3, around 10 p.m. Central Time. Tune into 90.7 FM or listen online at The documentary will be aired during the show “The Kitchen Sink with David Kunian.” This is a special honor, because David Kunian himself has produced […]

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Tune that Dial to KRVS 88.7 June 4 2010

by admin June 4, 2010

Just a reminder: Tune into KRVS tomorrow FRIDAY JUNE 4 at 12:05 PM CENTRAL TIME for the first radio broadcast of Still Singing the Blues! You can listen online at

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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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Pipes and charisma

by admin November 10, 2009

As Richard records and Barry photographs, blues and R&B diva Carol Fran entertains her loved ones at her 76th birthday celebration. Becky Owens took this photo at Cruiser’s, a small cinderblock bar on the old Breaux Bridge Highway in Lafayette, Louisiana. To appreciate what a treasure Carol Fran is, listen to her song Emmett Lee, […]

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Duck cracklings and gutbucket riffs

by admin November 2, 2009

Some scenes from the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette, where we accompanied bluesman Little Freddie King (middle photo) this weekend. Blackpot is part music fest, part cookoff, and judges were treated to such Cajun/Creole delicacies as duck cracklings and pig-temple jambalaya. Little Freddie’s version of the blues—Mississippi gutbucket inflected with New Orleans rhythms—made for a startling […]

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