A Train Brings the Two Jons to New Orleans

It’s telling. If jam/jazz/funk fans want to tie their music and their vacation together, there’s the Jam Cruise, where sun and laid-back vibes are built into the concept. Americana fans get Roots on the Rails, where they tap into the nostalgia that trains evoke and travel from famed city to famed city, accompanied by a few singer/songwriters or small bands. Parties don’t come more bookish.

Register to Win Tickets to Case/Lang/Veirs

“Although [k.d.] lang has said they didn’t start with a theme, much of case/lang/veirs stems from this idea of relationships as wholesome forces,” writes Pitchfork critic Laura Snapes. “They” are Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs, who came together to release a collaborative album. “More than once, the presence of someone else is a revivifying power, peeling whoever’s singing away from the ledge, up off the rug.

Guts Club Spills Her Guts

Despite the warm, welcoming inclusivity of the name, Guts Club is a party of one. Lindsey Baker moved to New Orleans a little over a year ago from Philadelphia by way of Brooklyn, bringing to the South her unique brand of outsider folk or raw country. She doesn’t care what you call it; she really just wants to sound like Vic Chesnutt. “In my heart, I feel like I’m singing country songs,” she says.

Kevin Sekhani Shows No Mercy

[Updated] Lafayette’s Mercy Brothers were a joyride through the Americana gospel songbook, playing the semi-sacred songs of Hank Williams, and singer Kevin Sekhani belted out the songs with equal parts sideshow huckster and reformed sinner. The band played with the passion of someone whose spirits were fortified with spirits, and in retrospect, it’s hard to imagine how far such a concept could have lasted long.