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Join us as we take a look behind the scenes with the independent musicians of New Orleans and surrounding areas in Louisiana. Learn about upcoming projects before they drop. Experience the rich heritage of iconic venues and get first had accounts of exclusive events. Musicians are remarkable people. Get to know them, their struggles, and the inspiration for their art. is dedicated to uplifting the artists and providing them with the tools necessary to elevate their craft. We shine a spotlight on them, as well as highlight the music scene and educate everyone with our interviews, album reviews, and music scene news.


March 31, 2023 92 min

For the first time since parting ways with Exhorder three years ago, founding guitarist Vinnie LaBella sits down and tells all. We discuss his childhood, the introduction into his first band Sabotage, his punk influence, time during and parting ways with Exhorder, and his current projects. This could be perhaps the most encompassing and revealing interview he's ever given. Join us and learn about the man behind the guitar; the dist...

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A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Chris Beary began his foray into local music as a kid riding his bike to Jimmy's Music Club for the all ages shows. He has since become a CPA, an attorney, and a philanthropist. He has founded 6 non-profits and is currently managing 5 of them including Grace at the Green Light, The Fat Bankers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, The Funky Uncle Live, and Northshore Radio. Join us as we discuss his life l...

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March 4, 2023 103 min

Connor Graham began life in Ascension Parish and over time became an accomplished singer, guitar player, and trumpet player. For a long time, trumpet was his main instrument. At one point he was a trumpet player in a rap metal band while also taking side gigs at jazz performances. Through music lessons in and out of high school and countless hours on Guitar Hero, he made the transition to playing guitar. Throughout his life he play...

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February 18, 2023 83 min

Petty Betty, a four piece band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is fronted by singer Erica Calle. Currently a cover band with a new addition to their line-up, they soon hope to enact their combined 50 plus years of experience and begin the journey of laying down some original tracks. Erica sits down with and talks about cultural diversity, her transition as a singer from choirs to bands, overcoming situations tha...

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February 4, 2023 121 min

His brand of funk is something he lives and breathes, and his showmanship is like no other. Originally from the south side of Chicago in a town called Inglewood, Tamarie T grew up fixated on superstars like James Brown and Prince. Performing has been in his blood as far back as he can remember. And he's followed his passion doing whatever it took to remain in its light; at times, even living in a storage unit to make music his life...

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January 21, 2023 65 min

In this episode, we feature a guest spot I took on another podcast, Getting To Know You, with Tim Traigle. His show takes a look at people in a personal light, gaining information throughout the course of their life. On his show, I was also able to talk about how began and what I have shaped it into. I thought it would be of interest to fans, friends, and members of the website. I hope everyone enjoys the sh...

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January 7, 2023 83 min

Pocket Chocolate, a New Orleans funk band, is the amalgamation of brass, keys, strings, and drums. They perform covers as well as originals, seamlessly blending together their favorite funk songs with improvisational jam sessions, and also play original material in their sets. Although recording their debut EP while constantly gigging has been a challenge for their 9 members, they are extremely active in the New Orleans music scene...

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December 23, 2022 38 min

Ben Redwine, a resident of Folsom, Louisiana has recorded for six labels, performed on four continents, served 27 years in the military, taught music for six years, and earned three degrees, one of which was his Doctorate Degree in Latin American music history. As a child growing up in Oklahoma, he began taking clarinet lessons from his grandfather, a professional orchestral musician. Join us as we discuss jazz history, his experie...

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December 9, 2022 51 min

Hunter Bruce, born in Cutoff Louisiana and founder of Fuel the Funeral Entertainment, discusses his life as a child and how his company came to exist. With a deep history and rich knowledge of the Louisiana music scene, his inspiration is gained from the very bands he represents. His bookings and promotional services expose and propel local bands to national audiences. Having recently expanded the scope of his utility, he touches o...

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November 25, 2022 47 min

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, bassist Matt Rhombus' ascent into the world of music began when he encountered a family member’s extensive record and CD collection. Within the collection, Matt gravitated toward the nu-metal and alt-rock sounds coming from the speakers. Since then, the typical struggle of a child to find his place in the world was paralleled by the challenge of finding his place in the musical landscape around him. T...

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November 11, 2022 85 min

Darnell Cotton, CEO of Grynd Tyme Entertainment was an integral part in the birth of the rap scene in Baton Rouge. Recently featured in a documentary on the origins of rap in Baton Rouge, Diamond in the Dirt, Darnell's credits in both rap and R&B genres span some forty years and are extensive. Join us as we discuss his childhood relationships with people like Manny Fresh and Gregory D., his years touring nationally, and his current...

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October 20, 2022 46 min

Now a Louisiana resident, Ole Oddlokken hails from Lillehammer, Norway and has played saxophone since the age of nine. While taking band classes and participating in after school and summertime music programs, he also learned songs like "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the family's Hammond B3 at home. He moved on to adult orchestras and jazz in big bands. While studying fine art in Norway, he met his wife Nonney, a New Orleans n...

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October 6, 2022 50 min

Singer Michael Dardar currently lives in Houma, but grew up in Venice, Louisiana. His mother was a leader in the church choir, giving him an intimate perspective on music at an early age. Some of his performances today are as an acoustic duo with co-writer Jerry Martin. And others are with a six piece band including a brass section. The band complements his soulful voice with their rhythm and blues, country and soul tones. Together...

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September 22, 2022 49 min

Steeped in the rich Cajun heritage of southern Louisiana, Poisson Rouge perpetuates a message and a way of life under threat of extinction. Descendants of French ex-patriots from Nova Scotia, those that came to settle in Louisiana became known as Cajuns, or les Cadiens. Join us as we delve into the Acadian/ Creole heritage and the folkways that subsequently developed. Learn about a vibrant community and its traditions, as well as t...

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September 8, 2022 47 min

Raised among musicians, his father, his uncle, and his cousins played an integral part in his entry into music. He began playing second chair coronet at McMain High School and came up being shown that to be a real musician, your talent transcended genres. Through necessity, he eventually found his way to the upright bass and the electric bass. He gigs more than any musician I know. Some of his past bands include King James and the ...

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July 28, 2022 23 min

Once a professional wedding photographer, Charles Dye took the plunge into the music photography world. Now his work is featured in Offbeat Magazine.  His subjects include such notable artists as Rocking Dopsie, Grammy nominee Corey Ledet, Down, Papa Mali, Galactic, Crowbar, Johnathan "Boogie" Long, and Dash Rip Rock as well as up-and-coming musicians like Lauren Cook, Truman Holland, Blackwater Canal, and Gristnam. 

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July 10, 2022 22 min

Duane Simoneaux has owned and operated OCD Recording & Production in Metairie for fourteen years. Hear about how he built his studio, what he uses, and how he works with bands. Among his extensive list of projects are Crowbar, Exhorder, Blackwater Canal, Konstricted, Misled, Spacemetal, Wicked River Rising, Sun God Seven, Motoriot, Intrepid Bastards, Bad Grass, and so many more.   

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June 17, 2022 26 min

Blackwater Canal is a new metal band in Louisiana comprised of four veterans and is sure to shake up the scene. Also included is behind the scenes audio after the interview. Members' previous projects include - Singer: Blake Lowery, Exit 39, Gravel Face, Pig Knukkle. Guitarist: Jay Gracianette, Christ Inversion, Graveyard Rodeo, Sinkhole. Bassist: Steven Sessum, Krooked Halo, Silent Trust. Drummer: Brian Ordoyne, Dang Bruh Y

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Jimmys Music Club opened on Willow St. in uptown New Orleans with its first act Lil Queenie and the Percolators. From there it featured live acts such as The Neville Brothers, The Sheiks, Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Muddy Waters, Black Flag, Foghat, Greg Allman, Dead Kennedys, and so many more national acts. It was a New Orleans staple in the music scene and an integral part of its culture. Join us as we sit with Ji...

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May 12, 2022 46 min

So inspired from the Book of Revelation at age six, he wrote his first composition. Returning to Christ after decades of debauchery touring nationally with The Sheiks, he became a minister and went on to write his first solo gospel album.  Michael O'Hara joins us once again, this time to discuss his album that became a hit production. We dive into his path to inspiration for the gospel, rock, opera known as Isle of Dreams. 

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