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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: The Radiators to John Wesley Ryles
The Radiators noted New Orleans-based roots/rock/jam band


Brad Randell Nouveau Zydeco accordionist from Lawtell, Louisiana


John Rankin award winning acoustic guitarist from New Orleans


Eddy Raven (Edward Garvin Futch) singer & songwriter from Lafayette, LA has roots in Cajun, country and rock music


Rebirth Brass Band New Orleans brass band led by Philip Frazier and brother Keith "Shorty" Frazier; the mighty Rebirth have been funkin' it up for over 25 years


Red Rockers New Orleans rock band from the 1980's included current Cowboy Mouth guitarist John Thomas Griffith; their music video, "China," was one of the first videos aired on MTV


Red Stick Ramblers crtically acclaimed Cajun Gypsy Swing group


Dalton Reed late R&B/soul vocalist from Lafayette, LA


Jo Jo Reed popular Zydeco musician from Eunice, Louisiana


Dan Reeder blues & roots singer, songwriter, musician and artist is a native of Lafayette, LA - now resides in Germany; first release is on John Prine's Oh Boy Records


The Revealers New Orleans-based reggae band


Michael Rhodes award winning bass player, session man, and West Monroe, LA native is one of Nashville's most-recorded musicians; featured on 2004 release, "The Notorious Cherry Bombs"


Don Rich noted Swamp Pop vocalist & musician (not the late country music fiddler)

  • Don Rich official web site
  • Don Rich CD's and audio clips (LA Music Factory)
  • Don Rich CD's and audio clips (amazon.com)


Zachary Richard award winning singer, songwriter and poet


Smiley Ricks percussionist extraordinaire and Big Chief of the Wild Renegade Hunters tribe


Step Rideau Zydeco accordionist born (Stephen Joseph Rideau ) in Lebeau, LA


Tommy Ridgley legendary New Orleans R&B vocalist passed away on August 11, 1999


Herlin Riley legendary jazz drummer and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra member has worked with Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, and many others; he is related to the illustrious musical Lastie family; his grandfather was Deacon Frank Lastie; his mother is vocalist Betty Ann Lastie


Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys Grammy nominated Cajun band founded in 1988 by Steve Riley and David Greely


Yancy Riley country singer & songwriter from Abita Springs, LA


The Riverbabys blues, funk, rock band from Lafayette were led by guitarist & vocalist Michael Juan Nunez


James Rivers noted New Orleans musician (saxophone, flute, bagpipes, etc.) has done several soundtracks for Clint Eastwood; e.g. "Tight Rope", "Bird - The Life of Charlie Parker", "The Bridges of Madison County"


Sherman Robertson R&B guitarist from Breaux Bridge worked with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Junior Parker, Clifton Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie, Terrance Simien, Paul Simon, and others


Coco Robicheaux note New Orleans swamp & hoodoo blues man


Alvin Robinson (1937-1989) late New Orleans R&B guitarist and noted session player; charted on his own in 1964 with "Something You Got"; several of Shine's solo tracks are available on "The Red Bird Story" collection


The Robinsons suburban pop/punk band from Chalmette, LA were active 2000-2007;


"Big" Jim Robinson noted trad jazz trombonist (1892-1976) worked with Sam Morgan, Kid Howard, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and many others; was a fixture at Preservation Hall in his latter years


Rock City Morgue hard rock/punk band founded by Rik Slave (Rik Slave and the Phantoms, Man Scouts of America) and Sean Yseult ("White Zombie")


Rockin' Jake (Larry Jacobs); award winning blues harmonica player, songwriter, bandleader, BBQ'er and road warrior has been based in St. Louis since Hurricane Katrina


Rockin' Sidney (1938-1998; born Sidney Simien) Grammy winner from Lebeau, Louisiana brought zydeco into the mainstream with his hit "My Toot Toot"


Davis Rogan musician, songwriter, bandleader and former WWOZ DJ founded funk band All That; Rogan was the inspiration of the Davis McAlary character in HBO's "Treme" series; he was also a consultant for the show


Roddie Romero South Louisiana boogie from multi-talented musician & vocalist; Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars 2007 album "The La Louisianne Sessions" was nominated for a Grammy


Rotary Downs New Orleans-based indie rock band formed in 1999; 5th album - Cracked Maps & Blue Reports - was released in 2010


Wanda Rouzan noted New Orleans vocalist, music ambassador and jazz funeral Grand Marshall


Royal Fingerbowl New Orleans band founded in 1995 by Alex McMurray, Kevin O'Day and Andy Wolf; the last incarnation of the band, which split up circa 2001, featured McMurray, with Matt Perrine, Bob Andrews and Carlo Nuccio


Kermit Ruffins noted New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader was an original member of the ReBirth Brass Band; after 3 great solo releases on the defunct Justice Records label, Kermit formed his band "The Barbecue Swingers", who have several releases on Basin Street Records


John Wesley Ryles noted country singer and songwriter from Bastrop, Louisiana had 25+ Country Chart entries between 1968 and 1988; first broke the Top 10 in 1968 - at age 18 - with the single, "Kay"; now a session player in Nashville


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