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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Burton Gaar to Phil Guy
Burton Gaar Baton Rouge-born vocalist and guitarist worked with with Slim Harpo, Percy Sledge and Rockin' Sidney before forming his own band; brother John Gaar is also a noted guitar slinger

GaBrilla (GaBrilla Ballard) New Orleans-born California-based poet singer and songwriter

Galactic popular New Orleans funk ensemble features Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone, harmonica), Richard Vogel (keyboard) and Jeff Raines (guitar); band is often augmented by special guests for recordings & live performances

  • Galactic official web site (
  • Galactic bio, music and audio clips (
  • Galactic site at ANTI- Records

Garage a Trois jazz improv / funk ensemble formed in New Orleans in 1998 by Stanton Moore (Galactic), guitarist Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik; also features percussionist/ vibes player Mike Dillon; Hunter was replaced by Marco Benevento in 2007

Larry Garner New Orleans born blues guitarist and vocalist grew up in Baton Rouge where he was influenced by swamp blues players Clarence Edwards, Silas Hogan, Henry Gray and Lonesome Sundown; the critically acclaimed Garner tours extensively and is popular on the European blues circuit

Jacques Gauthe French-born trad jazz clarinetist and sax player moved to New Orleans in 1968; Gauthe passed away while on tour in France in June 2007

Mary Gauthier award-winning singer/songwriter originally from New Orleans, LA

Paul Gayten late New Orleans born R&B pianist, vocalist, songwriter, producer and label owner

Generationals acclaimed indie pop/rock duo formed by Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner (formerly of The Eames Era)

Ghetto Twiinz New Orleans rappers & sisters aka G.B. (Tonya Jupiter) and T.L.T. (Tremethia Jupiter)

Ghost Town local original/classic country band led by Christian Serpas

Banu Gibson Ohio-born jazz singer relocated to New Orleans in 1973; formed her band "New Orleans Hot Jazz" in 1981

John Gill multi-instrumentalist and band leader covers jazz, ragtime, and blues; catch John at Fritzel's on Bourbon Street each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • John Gill web page features bio, performance schedule, etc.

Mickey Gilley country music legend hails from Ferriday, LA; he is a cousin to rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart

Blair (Blair Gimma) talented indie pop singer/songwriter from New Orleans; Blair's 2010 release "Die Young" has received rave reviews

  • Blair official site at MySpace

Gimp defunct industrial band from New Orleans; founding member Robert McColley passed away in 2003; co-founder Michael Bevis now performs under the monikor Star of Kaos

  • Gimp "memorial" page at MySpace

Judy Caplan Ginsburgh singer, songwriter and educator has won many awards for her recordings of children's music

Glasgow great indie rock band from New Orleans led by the multi-talented Craft brothers

Goatwhore New Orleans-based black metal band; signed to Metal Blade Records in 2004

Victor Goines reeds player, bandleader and educator has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others; Goines became Director of Juilliardís Jazz Studies Program in 2000.

Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe led by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Good Enough for Good Times funky New Orleans foursome features Robert Mercurio (bass), Jeff Raines (guitar), Simon Lott (drums) and Joe Ashlar (organ); group tours infrequently due to members' other projects so be sure to catch 'em when you get the chance

Shirley Goodman New Orleans born singer was half of the the 1950's R&B duo Shirley & Lee; also had a hit on her own in 1975 with "Shame, Shame, Shame"; she also provided provided backing vocals for the Rolling Stones ("Exile on Main Street"), Dr. John, and others; Goodman passed away in Los Angeles in 2005 at age 69

Steve Goodson local musician also teaches, repairs and sells saxophones

Kevin Gordon Nashville-based roots singer and songwriter from Shreveport, LA; Kevin's songs have been covered by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Ronnie Hawkins, Irma Thomas, and others

John Got'ti (born David Rayford) rapper & MC from New Orleans

Louis Moreau Gottschalk New Orleans born pianist (1829-1869) was one of the most famous American composers of the 19th century; his works drew on elements of Creole, African American, French, Caribbean, and Southern U.S. culture; Gottschalk performed to acclaim throughout the world and was hailed as a "titan" of the keyboard by pianists of such stature as Chopin

Grandpa Elliott (Elliott Small) New Orleans street performer (often found at the corner of Royal and Toulouse Streets) became an Internet sensation with the "Stand By Me" video from the Playing For Change project (which also featured Washboard Chaz); he appeared in the "Playing For Change" PBS special, and made guest appearances on "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" and "The Colbert Report"; acclaimed solo album "Sugar Sweet" was released in November 2009

Chris Gray New Orleans-born country singer

Henry Gray legendary blues man played with Howlin' Wolf's band for 12 years; recorded with Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rodgers, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, etc.

Tony Green talented New Orleans musician (Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz) and visiual artist

Smoky Greenwell New Orleans based blues harp player

Bessie Griffin late New Orleans-born Gospel singer (1922-1989)

Mary Griffin New Orleans R&B vocalist appeared in the 1988 film "Studio 54"; has worked with Patti LaBelle, and toured as opener for Mary J. Blige

John Thomas Griffith guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of Cowboy Mouth; Griffith first recorded in the early 80's with the Red Rockers

Andy Griggs popular country music star hails from from West Monroe, LA

Steve Grisaffe musician, singer and songwriter from New Iberia; formerly with popular country band River Road

John "Papa" Gros New Orleans keyboard great worked with George Porter Jr., Mulebone, and others before founding Papa Grows Funk; be sure to check out John's great 2004 solo album "Day's End"

Groove Cartel local band mixes funk, southern rock and hip-hop; band name changed to Skonk, then Ochima

Groovopolis defunct 5 piece "grooving" jazz ensemble

Tim Guarisco late guitarist (1969-1997) from Morgan City, LA

  • Tim Guarisco: founding member of the funk band Smilin' Myron; he passed away at age 28 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Roland Guerin bassist, composer, arranger and rising star on the contemporary jazz scene

"Creole" George Guesnon New Orleans born banjo and guitarist (1907 - 1968)

Myrick "Freeze" Guillory Zydeco accordionist, songwriter, bandleader (Nouveau Zydeco) is the son of the legendary Queen Ida (Ida Guillory)

Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones) influential blues guitarist & singer passed away in NYC in 1959 at age 32; Slim's "The Things That I Used to Do" (recorded at J&M Studio in New Orleans) topped the R&B chart for 14 weeks in 1954

Guitar Slim, Jr. (Rodney Armstrong); son of Guitar Slim; born in New Orleans in 1951; Grammy nominee in 1989 for Best Traditional Blues Recording

Buddy Guy legendary bluesman was born in Lettsworth, LA; he has received 5 Grammy's, 20+ W.C. Handy Awards, a Billboard Century Award, and the National Medal of Arts; he is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame; he will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Blues Foundation (in May 2010).

Phil Guy blues guitarist from Lettsworth, Louisiana and brother of Buddy Guy passed away in Chicago on August 20, 2008 at age 68

  • Phil Guy bio, music and audio clips (
  • Phil Guy tribute page at MySpace
  • Phil Guy obit from The Guradian (UK)

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