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Reporting on the oil spill

by barry February 18, 2011

Technically, this post is not about the blues, although these stories are about South Louisiana and might make some folks blue. We like to think that, by doing good reporting, we are bringing a little hope and light into the world, though. We (Barry Yeoman and Richard Ziglar) have been hired by KRVS 88.7 FM, […]

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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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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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Gulf benefits coast-to-coast

by barry July 1, 2010

Do you live in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Quebec, Texas, or Washington state? Tonight you can hear music and benefit the Gulf. Check this out: “On July 1st, 2010, in the spirit of Independence Day, music venues nationwide will unite to benefit those directly impacted by the Gulf […]

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Blues clubs and the spill

by barry June 29, 2010

Ben Sandmel, one of our humanities consultants, has written an article for Politics Daily that links the BP oil spill to the blues clubs of New Orleans. Ben writes about Tommy Singleton, an R&B singer whose name has appeared often in his blog. Sandmel writes: At first glance, Louisiana’s oil-fouled coast may seem worlds away […]

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Voice of the Wetlands

by barry June 12, 2010

Since long before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the strongest voices for Louisiana’s wetlands has been bluesman Tab Benoit. The 42-year-old guitarist, who was born and raised in Houma, La., is a founder of Voice of the Wetlands, a group of artists and business leaders that since 2004 has called attention to the […]

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Oil spill blues—and how to help

by admin May 9, 2010

For those of us who live Louisiana, it’s hard not to think constantly about the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which claimed eleven lives and triggered an oil spill that continues to contaminate the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday’s New York Times reports that three million gallons have polluted the Gulf so far, placing […]

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