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Bayou Beats

By Meagan Russell
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Dec 1st, 2021
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ARTICLE BY VANELIS RIVERA PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW BAILEY AND CASSIE LIVINGSTON Music allows us to escape our troubles, but when you are a songwriter, you are often getting your troubles outside of you. This has been Amanda Mcdowell’s experience as a singer/songwriter. With a vivacious spirit, Mcdowell ...
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Nov 3rd, 2021
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Performing entirely covers, the group of four make it their business to specialize in dance music, making them a must-snag for parties and special events. Each member of Smackwater has extensive experience playing with a slew of professional musicians. article by VANELIS RIVERA | photography by ANDRE...
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Sep 1st, 2021
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article by Vanelis Rivera / photography by Andrew Bailey The list of Louisiana music artists who played or sang in church before topping the charts is quite substantial. But the house of prayer that Mark Taylor Jr. frequented as a child in Rayville, Louisiana did not allow music. If it wasn’t for his...
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Aug 1st, 2021
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article by Vanelis Rivera | photography by Andrew Bailey In the midst of guitar wielding, drum stick-laden, bass picking, piano playing, and horn blowing musicians in any given local performance, it’s easy to spot the six foot, curly-haired player with a fiddle resting on his left collar bone while h...
By Meagan Russell
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Jun 30th, 2021
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At 57, Monty Russell has developed a signature look fitting for a guitarist who plays country, gospel, and bluegrass. He often elects to wearing denim on denim, a Stetson Open Road 10x Straw Cowboy Hat, and black boots to finish it off. As a spirited man and an even livelier musician, Monty has colle...
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May 28th, 2021
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From bedroom guitarist to believing “the sky’s the limit,” Josh Love isn’t just moving his fingers around his guitar, he’s seeking to communicate the message that music is life. article by VANELIS RIVERA and photographs by ANDREW BAILEY Josh Love was only a few minutes behind schedule when he walked ...
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Apr 29th, 2021
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“The running joke in our house is that my mom is made of asbestos,” humored James E. Simpson about local celebrity Mary Quinn Simpson who has overcome a few health issues over the years. During the late 80s and early 90s, Mary performed in the area’s lounge and stage circles, harkening back to vaudev...
By Meagan Russell
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Mar 29th, 2021
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article by VANELIS RIVERA      /   photography by KELLY MOORE CLARK Known as the Rhythm & Rain Trio, their passionate acoustic performance has a coastal feel they’ve described as island-flavored rock with some Mississippi Delta heritage and a splash of comedy.  It was a sunny sixty-five degrees w...
By Meagan Russell
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Jan 28th, 2021
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ARTICLE BY VANELIS RIVERA & PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW BAILEY Offering private instruction by qualified, university-trained personnel, GRACE NOTE ACADEMY is taking classic teaching styles and making them accessible to students of all ages and abilities. A grace note is a music notation usually printed...
By Meagan Russell
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Dec 4th, 2020
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ARTICLE BY VANELIS RIVERAPHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW BAILEY Calvin “Cal” Presley is a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. A quick scroll through his band’s Facebook page portrays an easygoing 34-year-old with an affinity for wearing single-tone baseball caps backward, dark aviators, and a plethora of sneakers. ...