The Boot

Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 7 to 10 p.m., Monday 7 p.m. to midnight

The Boot is an eclectic mix of Louisiana artists, Southern regional acts and bands covering blues, funk, soul, zydeco and more. The Boot is the musical heartbeat of the Delta.

When Rolling Stone surveyed the 100 greatest guitar players of all time in 2015, two women made the list: Bonnie Raitt at No. 89, Joni Mitchell at No. 75. Most guitar player lists fare worse for women; Joni makes it in around No. 50 maybe, but not always. Spin's 2012 list is slightly brighter: Nine spots out of 100 go to women, with Carrie Brownstein at No. 39 and PJ Harvey cresting at No. 27. But no other women break even the top 50, and not a single woman makes the top 25. Guitarworld's list of the Most Badass Guitar Players contains not a single female.

Bobby Rush On Being A 'Bluesman'

Aug 10, 2019

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In 1974, the artist Romare Bearden made a collage with a woman at its center. One arm bent above her head, yellow flowers in her hair to match her skirt and heels, she casually yet clearly commands an orchestra of men. The image, titled Empress of the Blues, paid homage to Bessie Smith, and it captured Smith's ability to rule the glamorous stages of Jazz Age Harlem no less than the juke joints and tent shows of the rural South.

It was a hot show that night, in that big tent out in the muddy field. Everybody had fun, though most people were tired; it was the end of a long T.O.B.A. circuit tour for the acts and of a long day of work for the people who had come to see them. But when the time came for the last act, everyone, including the other performers, was ready to hear Bessie, to turn that sweaty tent into the church of the blues. Everyone hollered as Bessie strutted onto the stage, dressed big, feathery and bright, and they didn't stop until she started singing.

One of New Orleans' iconic musicians has died. Art Neville — a founding member of both the Meters and the Neville Brothers, died Monday at age 81. His death was confirmed by his nephew Ivan Neville (the son of Art's brother, Aaron) and his manager of two decades, Kent Sorrell. According to Nola.com, he had been in declining health for years.

Timothy Duffy is on a mission to document America's vernacular music — specifically, the blues — and the everyday men and women who carry on the tradition. He's the co-founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit that helps struggling and aging musicians.

Lil Nas X Is More Than Just A Meme Lord, Apparently

Jun 21, 2019

If you were the kind of person who spent time on the file-sharing platform LimeWire 12 years ago, there's a decent chance that, in attempting to download, say, Rihanna's "Umbrella" or Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah," you found yourself listening instead to a kid begging you to watch him "crank that Robocop." It wasn't a software glitch, it was Soulja Boy, the first internet troll to commandeer the pop charts.

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Mavis Staples could've retired in good conscience years ago.

But slowing down isn't her style.

With her father, sisters and brother as The Staple Singers, her gospel songs scored the civil rights movement.

More than a half century later, as Staples nears 80, the decorated R&B star continues to train her soulful pipes on hope and resilience in her call for change.

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90.3 KEDM Public Radio debuts a new music format this Memorial Day Weekend.  The new format is called The Boot, a reference to the nickname for the shape of Louisiana. 

"The Boot" features Louisiana artists and regional favorites.  It's a Southern gumbo made up of blues, soul, funk, zydeco, and swamp favorites.  Local favorite bands are also part of the mix.  

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