RL Reeves Jr’s New Orleans Album of the Week: Pops Staples’ Peace To The Neighborhood’

I was working at Charlemagne Records in Birmingham, Alabama the year that Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples’ classic LP Peace To The Neighborhood came out. The old record store was in the middle of what would be a 43 year run before sadly shutting their doors earlier this year.

We were stunned when the 78 year-old gospel singer’s album was our top seller for six weeks.

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RL Reeves Jr’s New Orleans Album of the Week: The Batiste Brothers Freeze

John Jeffrey Batiste and his future bride Estella, met in New York City, fell in love, and migrated to New Orleans where they raised a family of seven boys. Miss Estella inspired her kids to pursue careers in music, and her home became legendary as a place of Sunday afternoon jam sessions where the family would gather to raise the roof with one mighty voice. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr New Orleans Album of the Week: Make It Count by Idris Muhammad 1980

Since our recent posts on New Orleans musicians have sent site traffic through the roof we’re rolling out a new weekly feature where we post one of our favorite old-school New Orleans LPs.

I’ll get it started with Idris Muhammad. Continue Reading