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New Orleans & Louisiana Music News Archive (as of April 1999)

More Britney: Rolling Stone cover girl Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" retains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Chart for the week of April 17; the album sold 273,000 units last week, up 110,000 units from the previous week, according to SoundScan figures; "... Baby One More Time" is the first album to stay at No. 1 for six weeks since the "Titanic" soundtrack, which held the top spot for 16 weeks in 1998.

Nestle Nixes Nymphette: candy maker Nestle backed out as sponsors of Britney Spears' upcoming tour, apparently upset over provocative pictures of the Kentwood, Louisiana teen recently published in Rolling Stone; Tommy Hilfiger is now sponsor of the tour.

20 Years of Piano Jazz: National Public Radio's "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" celebrates it's 20th Anniversary with guests including Billy Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis; check with your local NPR affiliate for the air date in your locale.

Condolences to the family and friends of blues guitar legend & Shreveport native Mighty Joe Young who passed away in Chicago on March 24 due to complications following spinal surgery.

Britney Back at No. 1: Britney Spears' debut CD "Baby One More Time" returns to number 1 in the Billboard 200 Chart for the week ending April 10; the album has spent five of its 11 chart weeks at No. 1 and has never fallen lower than No. 5; its sales stand at nearly 1.9 million copies since it debuted at No. 1 in January.

News from Elsewhere: Legendary jazz & blues vocalist Joe Williams passed away in Las Vegas on March 30th at the age of 80; Williams made his professional singing debut with New Orleans' clarinetist Jimmy Noone's band in Chicago in 1937.

Online Chat: country music star (and Ferriday, LA native) Mickey Gilley will chat with fans online at country.com's web site on March 30 at 7:30 pm ET; if you miss the chat session, you can catch him in April on TNN's Prime Time Country!

Britney Exposed: teen pop star Britney Spears is featured in a Rolling Stone cover story.

Louisiana Hayride Rides Again: Willie Nelson, former Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis, Doug Kershaw, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and others will take part in a revival of the Lousiana Hayride radio show on April 3 at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium; "Louisiana Hayride Homecoming" will be taped for rebroadcast on April 17 on the Red River Radio Network.

The Britney Watch: Britney Spears' debut CD "Baby One More Time" remains at #3 in the Billboard 200 Chart for the week ending April 3rd; the Kentwood, LA native's album has sold 1.7 million copies in two and a half months, according to the latest Soundscan figures ... Britney is currently featured in an in-depth profile at CNN's web site ... from Rolling Stone's review of Britney's album (02/04/99): "Baby One More Time" effectively [transforms] this ex-Mouseketeer born in a tiny Louisiana town into a growling jailbait dynamo..."; the title tune (penned by producer Max Martin) was originally offered to TLC for inclusion on their chart-topping CD "Fanmail" but was turned down, according to dotmusic.

P's New Video: Master P, who announced his retirement from rapping in 1997, had his latest video premiered on MTV on March 23rd; "Foolish", (from the soundtrack to Master P's new film "Foolish", due for release on April 9th) also features No Limit souljas Magic and Mo B. Dick ... if you missed it, it will be airing this weekend on the MTV special, "Spankin' New Music Weekend".

An Internet First: local guitarist Jay Griggs was among those taking part in the first single recorded live over the Internet; Griggs (performing from New Orleans), along with Sinead O'Connor (in London), Thomas Dolby (in San Francisco), Lucky Dube (in Johannesburg, South Africa), and others recorded a cover of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" to benefit the musical charity War Child; the event was covered by Britain's BBC TV using technology created by Rocket Network, pioneers in audio collaboration over the Internet.

More on Britney: Britney Spears has signed an exclusive 18-month development deal with Columbia TriStar Television; a TV series starring the Kentwood, LA teen superstar is planned for the year 2000; Spears is also scheduled to guest star in 3 episodes of "Dawson's Creek" next season ... Britney will also be cover girl for the April 1st issue of Rolling Stone, and she recently dawned a milk mustache for the national milk advertising campaign - check your mag's for this in the near future; sales of her single "Baby One More Time" have surpassed the million mark in the U.K., making her the youngest artist to achieve this milestone in the U.K.

SXSW Recap: John Sinclair and Wayne Kramer recalled MC5 and the 60's in a panel discussion on Friday at Austin's SXSW Music Conference.

Trumpet Legend Ailing: our best wishes go out to New Orleans trumpet virtuoso Al Hirt, who is listed in serious condition at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie; the 76 year old Hirt has been in the hospital for over 2 weeks suffering from an undisclosed ailment; Hirt played with Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Ray McKinley in the 1940's before returning to New Orleans to form his own group in the early 1950's; in the 60's, he recorded a string of pop hits, including "Cotton Candy" and the Grammy-winning "Java"; Hirt released over 50 albums in his career.

More Lucinda: Lucinda Williams' "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road>" was selected as the No. 2 album of 1998 by the International Music Writers Poll; Lucinda also delivered the keynote address at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin on March 18th.

Chart News: local music artists ride high in the Billboard 200 album chart for the week of March 27; New Orleans rapper C-Murder's "Bossalinie" enters the chart at No. 2; Kentwood, LA teen sensation Britney Spears debut album, "Baby One More Time", jumps a notch to No. 3; "Bossalinie" is the third No Limit Records release to debut in the top 15 this year (others were Mr. Serv-On's "Da Next Level" and Silkk the Shocker's "Made Man").

Sweet Sounds & A Worthy Cause: three tracks by New Orleans Christian/R&B trio Trin-i-tee 5:7 (Chanelle Haynes, Terri Brown and Angel Taylor) are available on a new CD sampler featuring artists from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation Tour; Honey Nut Cheerios is offering a $5.99 sampler CD on the back of specially marked Nu Nation tour cereal packages; the CD features 3 songs from each of the three groups on the tour (Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans and Trin-i-tee 5:7); $1 from each CD purchased will be donated to the Burned Churches Project of the National Council of Churches.

Vibe's Best of 1998 lists include Juvenile's "Ha" (#8 in Top 10 Singles) and N'Dea Davenport's self titled solo album (#4 in Top 10 Albums); picks on the Worst Albums of 1998 list were the Ghetto Twinz' "No Pain No Gain" and Gambino Family's "Ghetto Organized".

Goin' for the Gold: recently certified gold CD's (sales exceeding 500,000 units) include Juvenile's "400 Degreez" and Kane & Abel's "Am I My Brother's Keeper".

Master P and ConverseNo Limit & Converse Hook Up: The Converse athletic shoe company has entered into a marketing partnership with No Limit Entertainment; the partnership between the brands will result in co-branded Converse and No Limit footwear that will compliment the No Limit line of apparel; the first result of the Converse No Limit partnership can be seen in a Foot Locker point-of-sale display featuring Master P's image along with the question: "Who You With"; Master P wore the Converse "Smooth" product while trying out for the Charlotte Hornets earlier this year ...

Netly News: rockers Better Than Ezra are profiled by CNN; Master P listed in Forbes Celebrity 100, a list of public figures ranked according to their income and the media buzz they generate ("P" was also ranked in the Forbes Top 40 Entertainers list).

Ivan A Spin Doctor: keyboard player Ivan Neville has joined rock group the Spin Doctors; Ivan, son of Aaron Neville, has previously toured with Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt; he also appeared on albums by the Neville's, Rolling Stones, ("Voodoo Lounge"; "Dirty Work"), John Mooney, and others; the Spin Doctors are currently working on a new album for Universal Music, the first since the group split with Epic.

400 Degreez is Hot!: Cash Money/Universal Records rapper Juvenile is featured in an MTV Profile; Juvenile & other Cash Money artists will kick off a nationwide tour in Tampa, Florida on March 11th; stop-offs include the New Orleans House of Blues on March 23rd; Juvenile's latest CD, "400 Degreez", is still burning up the charts; for the week ending 03/13/99; it jumps a notch to #20 on the Billboard 200 and hangs in at #5 in the R&B Charts.

New Orleans Music Store: new releases for Tuesday, March 9th include C-Murder's "Bossalinie", plus new CD's by The Wild Magnolias, Jimmy Clanton, Allen Toussaint & Friends, and the late Raymond Miles.

Liner Notes: Branford Marsalis makes a guest appearance on the forthcoming solo debut album by hip-hop artist, Rahzel (of The Roots), due out on May 11th; Branford's latest effort, "Requim", which features late pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, hits the CD racks on March 23rd.

Britney Mania - Teen pop sensation Britney Spears was recently featured in Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly; despite continuing strong sales (165,000 copies for the week ending 02/28), Britney's debut CD, "Baby One More Time", drops to # 5 in next week's Billboard Charts (knocked out of the # 1 spot by TLC's "Fan Mail"); also, Britney went under the knife at Doctor's Hospital on March 3rd to repair damage suffered in a recent video shoot; several TV appearances have been cancelled or postponed, including Nickelodeon's 100th episode special of "All That", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee".

Tan Canary Honored late, great crooner Johnny Adams was honored with a Pioneer Award at the Tenth Annual Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards held February 25th in Los Angeles; in an emotional speech, Adam's widow Judy Adams recalled how her husband never received a penny in royalties from the hundreds of records he released; to loud applause, Adams said slavery "is still dressed up in a suit"; she was greeted with a standing ovation when she wrapped her speech by telling artists to run and get a lawyer.

Mo' Money - New Orleans rapper Juvenile's album "400 Degreez" has been certified gold, and is listed at #4 in Billboard's R&B Albums Chart for the week ending March 6th (it was also the biggest gainer for the week); Juvenile also appears on current "Top 20" albums by Foxy Brown ("Chyna Doll") and Tear Da Club Up Thugs ("Crazyndalazdayz").

Austin's SXSW Music Conference runs March 17 - 21; the keynote speaker will be recent Grammy winner Lucinda Williams; scheduled panelists include John Sinclair and Wayne Kramer, who will discuss "The Rise and Fall of the MC5"; artists performing at the event include Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Jon Cleary, Continental Drifters, Dash Rip Rock, The Iguanas, and Mark McGrain & Plunge.

Britney Rules Charts - Britney Spears album "Baby One More Time" remains at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 album charts for the 3rd week in a row (for the week ending 03/06/99); Britney's first U.K. single "Baby One More Time" remains at the top of the British Singles chart for the second week, and she is rapidly on the way of becoming the youngest artist to sell a million singles in the U.K.

Lucinda Williams on Austin City Limits, 02/27/99 Congrats to Grammy Winners! Louisiana connected winners at the 41st Grammy Awards (held February 24, 1999) were Lucinda Williams (Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road") and NOLA resident Keb' Mo' (Best Contemporary Blues Album for "Slow Down"); highlights of the ceremonies included a tribute to Duke Ellington by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which featured solos by Wynton, Victor Goines and Wess "Warm Daddy" Anderson.

More Props for Lucinda - Lucinda Williams picked up two awards at the Fifth Annual Nashville Music Awards; Lucinda won for Americana Album of the Year ("Car Wheels on a Gravel Road") and Artist/Songwriter of the Year; she was also nominated for Song of the Year (for "Right In Time"); the winners were announced on February 10th; "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" was also named 1998's Best Album, as per the Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, an annual Village Voice survey of music pundits.

They All "Axed" For You - Shreveport blues slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd was named Best Male Blues Guitarist at the 1999 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards held February 23rd in Los Angeles; other nominees included Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

New Orleans Music Store: features new and upcoming CD releases from C-Murder, Britney Spears, Andy J. Forest, The Neville Brothers, Mem Shannon, Boozoo Chavis, BeauSoleil, and more!

Marsalis CD Machine: Wynton Marsalis will release 12 CD's this year on Columbia Jazz and Sony Classical; in addition to 3 jazz and 3 classical collections, Wynton will unveil a multi-CD set recorded live at the Village Vanguard over a span of several years; the 3 jazz CDs include a septet album of Thelonious Monk music (with a Marsalis original titled "In Walked Monk"), a celebration of Jelly Roll Morton, and the opus, "Big Train".

Reznor Hammers Away on New NIN Album - New Orleans resident Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) has 20 tracks down for the long awaited follow-up to 1994's "The Downward Spiral"; the new CD, tentatively titled "The Fragile", is slated for a June release.

No Limit Notes: Master P's "Make 'Em Say Ughh" was listed in Vibe Magazine's "19 Best Singles of 1998"; Master P and Silkk the Shocker were cover boys for Vibe's March 1999 issue (the March issue also featured an article on Cash Money Records); Mia X was featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Vibe.

Playboy Music Poll - The 1999 Playboy Music Poll winners will be unveiled in the March issue of Playboy, on sale Tuesday, Feb. 9th; this year's winners include Harry Connick, Jr. (Male Vocalist - Jazz) and Brooks & Dunn (Group - Country); Jazz CD of the Year went to Cherry Poppin' Daddies for "Zoot Suit Riot", which featured (now) local guitarist John Fohl.

Condolences to the family and friends of keyboard whiz Sammy Berfect who passed away after a long illness; Sammy worked with Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke, Snooks Eaglin, and many others ... also, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys' guitarist Jimmy Domengeaux was killed in a motorcycle accident on the road between New Iberia and Breaux Bridge on Sunday evening; Jimmy was 45 years old.

Cheaper By The Dozen - the Dirty Dozen are featured on the new Black Crowes CD, "By Your Side".

Rockline - Priority Records & Rockline have joined forces behind the music release of "The Best of Rockline", earmarking a portion of the proceeds for MusiCares; the album contains 12 of Rockline's best live performances recorded over the last few years and includes Better Than Ezra performing their hit, "Good".

The Bangles to Reunite? - JamTV reports that 80's all girl group The Bangles are discussing the possibility of a reunion; the band, who's hits included "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like An Egyptian", featured current Continental Drifter Vicki Peterson on guitar and vocals.

Rappers Hook Up - New Orleans rapper Juvenile is scheduled to make a guest appearance on the forthcoming solo CD by Krayzie Bone (of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fame); the album, titled "Thug Mentality 1999", is scheduled for release in April.

Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, a series airing on National Public Radio, features in-depth profiles of jazz artists with RealAudio interviews & performance clips; past shows have spotlighted Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard.

Congrats to Master P who was named Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist at the American Music Awards on January 11th, beating out heavyweights Puff Daddy and the Beastie Boys; "I guess they say that hard work pays off and it paid off today" Master P said backstage; Master P, joined by Silkk the Shocker and Mo B. Dick. performed "Goodbye to My Homies" at the event.

Best Wishes For A Speedy Recovery - Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural, Jr.) will enter Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville on January 19th to undergo surgery to remove lesions on his vocal cords; according to Dural's surgeon, his condition can be eliminated by surgery and follow up vocal therapy; he is expected to resume singing again after 90 days; Buckwheat Zydeco was forced to postpone an extensive East Coast and Midwest tour which was scheduled to begin January 14th; the latest Buckwheat Zydeco album, "Trouble", was just released on Tuesday, January 12th; Dural will recuperate at his home near Lafayette, Louisiana; Get Well cards and letters may be sent to him c/o Buckwheat Zydeco Enterprises, P.O. Box 561, Rhinebeck NY, 12572.

Spin Magazine "Year in Music" issue picked Lucinda Williams' "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" as the #4 album in their "20 Best Albums of 1998" feature; New Orleans rapper Juvenile's hit, "Ha", came in at #19 in their "20 Best Singles of 1998" list.

Props for Pops - in the book "1000 Years, 1000 People; The Men And Women Who Charted The Course Of History For The Last Millennium", our namesake, Louis Armstrong, was listed at #322, higher than any other popular music artist; Satchmo beat out Lennon & McCartney (327 & 328), Elvis Presley (352), George Gershwin (857) and Bob Dylan (888); Armstrong, the authors noted, "practically invented the relationship between lead soloist and ensembles in popular music".

New Orleans Music - for the coolest sounds in town, check out DJ Nita K's "New Orleans Music Show" on WWOZ radio every Tuesday; if you're in the 'hood, tune in to 'OZ at 90.7 on the FM air waves, if you're elsewhere on the planet, you can catch 'OZ on the Internet.

The 41st Grammy Awards air live on CBS at 7:00 pm Central on 02/24/99; Louisiana related artists among the nominees include Lucinda Williams (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Can't Let Go" and Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the single "Trouble Is..."); Aaron Neville (Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "To Make Me Who I Am"); Faith Hill with Tim McGraw (Best Country Collaboration w/ Vocals for "Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me"); Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn (Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "If You See Him/If You See Her"); Wynton Marsalis (Best Instrumental Composition for "The Midnight Blues"); nominees for the Best Contemporary Blues Album include Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas & Tracy Nelson (for "Sing It!"), Buddy Guy (for "Heavy Love") and Keb' Mo' (for "Slow Down").

BTE TV - Better Than Ezra will appear in a pay-per-view concert titled "Rock 'n Rockets", slated to debut on PPV on 02/19/99; the special featuring fireworks and live rock music was taped at Disney World in September, 1998.

Britney Rules Charts - Britney Spears album "Baby One More Time" remains at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 album charts for the 2nd week in a row (for the week ending 02/27/99) - in addition to leading the charts, the Kentwood native had the largest sales unit increase for the third consecutive issue of the chart; not since the start of last year, when the "Titanic" soundtrack won the Greatest Gainer in four consecutive weeks, has an album earned that distinction for more than two straight weeks according to Billboard ... Britney's first U.K. single "Baby One More Time" is expected to top the British Singles chart for the week ending 02/19/99 .... also, Britney was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 02/17/98, but had to cancel because of a twisted knee incurred during taping of her next video (for the song "Sometimes"); the appearance will be rescheduled for a later date.

Neville News - the eagerly awaited Columbia Records debut from The Neville Brothers, titled "Valence Street", is due for release on February 9th; the Brothers' will also throw down for a 3-night stand at the House of Blues over the Mardi Gras weekend (Feb 13-15); all three concerts will be carried over the 'net courtesy of LiveConcerts.com; more info on the new album is available at the Columbia Records web site.

Chart News - Silkk The Shocker's new album, "Made Man", will enter at #1 in next week's (Feb. 6th) Billboard 200 chart, continuing No Limit Records streak of #1 / Top 10 debuts; Britney Spears album, "... Baby One More Time"", drops two notches to #3.

Liner Notes - slide guitar whiz Sonny Landreth makes a guest appearance on the upcoming release by folk singer & songwriter David Wilcox; "Underneath" is due for release on Feb 23rd.

Master P cut by Hornets - Master P's (Percy Miller) dreams of joining the NBA were dashed when he was cut by the Charlotte Hornets on Monday (02/01/99); P joined their practice squad in January, and also played with the CBA's Ft. Wayne Fury briefly in 1998.

Friends of P - No Limit Records recording artist Snoop Dogg will appear on ABC's Politically Incorrect on February 5th; budding hoops star Master P (Percy Miller) has left the CBA's Ft. Wayne Fury and is currently attending the Charlotte Hornets training camp.

Caffeine Music's New Orleans Songwriters Night for Sunday, January 31 featured Anders Osborne, Larry John McNally, Kim Carson, and Lenny Jorns; the evening kicks off at 8:00 p.m. at Carrollton Station.

Teen Pop Music Sensation and Kentwood, LA native Britney Spears had the No. 1 CD ("Baby One More Time") in the January 30th Billboard 200 album charts and the title single is No. 1 in The Billboard Hot 100; according to Billboard, Britney is the first new act since Kris Kross in 1992 to score simultaneous No. 1's with a first album and single.

Mem and Muddy - ex-NOLA cab driver and rising blues star Mem Shannon was an unannounced participant in the PBS tribute to Muddy Waters, which aired on January 27th; the special also featured Keb' Mo', Buddy Guy, and several other blues giants; Mem's third album, "Spend Some Time With Me", is due for release on the Shanachie label on February 16th.

Regis & Kathie Lee Update: Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters will be featured as the house band on the show airing Thursday, Jan 28th; Kermit Ruffins, Leroy Jones and James Andrews will be on the show airing on Friday, January 29th; Kermit will have his barbecue going and will perform in a friendly cutting session with Leroy and James; the show is being taped at the State Palace Theater on Wednesday at 10:00 am.

Live w/ Regis & Kathie Lee will tape 4 shows at the State Palace Theater in New Orleans on Jan. 26 & 27, for airing on Jan. 26-29; on Jan 26th, The Neville Brothers will be the house band and will also perform a two minute version of "A Little Piece of Heaven" from their Columbia Records debut album, "Valence Street"; Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias also make a brief appearance on the 26th; the New Birth Brass Band were featured as the house band on the 27th.

One Mo' Time - Grammy nominee Keb' Mo' will be appearing at the House of Blues on Thursday, January 28 with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; Keb' Mo's set will be broadcast live on the Internet, courtesy of LiveConcerts.com; you can also catch Keb' on the PBS special "A Tribute to Muddy Waters, King of the Blues", which airs on Wednesday, January 27th.

The "Tan Canary" to be Honored - Johnny Adams will be honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in ceremonies to be held on February 25, at Sony Studios in Los Angeles; the Pioneer Awards are held annually by the R&B Foundation to honor the men and women who created this rich art form, one of the most truly American forms of musical expression .... a great honor for one of the greatest R&B singers ever.

Alanis Live & Online - Alanis Morissette will be featured in a text & video chat session, airing live from UNO Lakefront Arena as she kicks off her "Junkie Tour 1999"; the chat will feature a live Q&A session, plus exclusive footage from Alanis' rehearsals; "Alanis Morissette Live Online from New Orleans" takes place on January 26th at 8:00 pm Central Time.

C-Murder Takes The Rap - Master P's brother and No Limit Records rap artist C-Murder (Corey Miller) plead guilty to illegally carrying a firearm in a St. John the Baptist parish court on Monday; Miller was given a suspended 6 month jail term and a $500 fine; the charge resulted from being stopped for a speeding violation in March of last year; when State Troopers pulled him over, they found he was carrying a semiautomatic handgun and he was wearing a bulletproof vest (it's illegal to wear body armor while carrying a concealed weapon in Louisiana); Miller was represented at the trial by O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnny Cochran (01/14/99).

First the Good News - rapper Mystikal's latest CD "Ghetto Fabulous" debuted at #5 in Billboard 200 Chart; with sales approaching 400,000 units, "Ghetto Fabulous" was the highest debuting CD for the week.

Then The Bad News - Mystikal (who contrary to Internet rumors is not dead) was busted in Kenner on December 17th and charged with possession of marijuana and firearms (a 9mm handgun); police pulled Mystikal (nee Michael Tyler) over after reportedly seeing him smoking a reefer while driving; Mystikal claims he wasn't doing anything and was pulled over for driving a flashy car; he added that the joint had been in the ashtray for a while and that he carried the legally registered pistol for protection.

Break in the Raymond Myles case - one 21 year old suspect is in jail and another is being sought in relation to the October 11th murder of noted Gospel singer Raymond Myles.

Our sympathy goes out to the family & friends of Donald "Big Chief" Harrison, Sr. who passed away on Tuesday, December 1st; Harrison, the father of noted jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr., founded the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Tribe in 1988; prior to that, he had also served as Big Chief of the Creole Wild West and White Eagle Tribes.

Buckwheat '99 - Buckwheat Zydeco are cranking things up for the new year; Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. is celebrating his 20th anniversary with a new album ("Trouble", due to be released on 01/12/99), a nationwide tour, his own recording label (Tomorrow Recordings), and a major P/R campaign (via The Baker/Northrop Media Group); in the interim, check out the latest Buckwheat happenings at buckwheatzydeco.com.

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