Oh, to be young, cool, and backed by well-connected music industry people who know how to get your music into the right hands so that you can live the dream and not end up broke, living in a sad shack motel, and collecting a crazy check. Dylan Leblanc, 20, must have a rocking management team. Dude just popped on the scene and he’s already got 1) a gig at Louisiana Crossroads, 2) a Wikipedia entry, and 3) a record deal. Oh, the long and winding road to eternity! INSERT: weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 22:12-13). Although a native of Shreveport, Leblanc’s dad was one of the session players at Alabama’s historic Muscle Shoals studio. “I grew up around a lot of the session players…when I was 11 or 12, I would watch and ask a lot of questions,” says Leblanc in his online bio. So considering the peak years of Muscle Shoals studio was 1969-1979 and Leblanc was born in 1990, that means, he’d probably be asking questions like, Hey, dude. How do you play the riff from 3 Doors Down’s ‘Kryptonite?
I love band bios – they reek of marketing teams shooting for Authenticity Dollar$ while trying to make their client look like Leadbelly’s third cousin. When is someone going to just stand up and say, “I’m a suburban goon like everyone else, but now I play acoustic guitar and I’m shooting for a singer-songwriter career just like the 106,345,902 other guys.”
Regardless, Dylan Leblanc is good. Maybe too good for his years. Take early My Morning Jacket, sprinkle some Lightfoot dust on it, and – Boom! – out pops out a dude with great vocal chops, quaint roots tunes, and MOJO Magazine proclaiming, “Greatness beckons.” Dylan Leblanc plays Louisiana Crossroads at the new Acadiana Center for the Arts Performance Theater tonight, Nov. 11.
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OCT 23 Blogger Tom Aswell posts the photo that started making the rounds of the Facebook this week; it shows our governor and his lovely bride, all bright and smiley and holding big guns. The Jindals look a little posed, down to their carefully and properly placed index fingers. They're both grinning wide, displaying how comfortable they are with weaponry. Whee!
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OCT 23 This fascinating post on The Lens opens the discussion of New Orleans as subject. C. W. Cannon talks about the concept of dual consciousness and how New Orleanians, especially, have experienced this condition post-Katrina. Cannon attended a recent conference about the issue at Tulane, where the discussion focused on how the romanticization of the city by outsiders masks real social problems.
OCT 23 WalletHub posts another of those amusing and yet barely relevant maps here, plotting the nation's best and worst cities for budgeting. The methodology is clearly laid out, but basically the study looked at how much people spend, how much they pay on their credit cards, their average credit score, etc., in order to come up with the rankings. Lafayette, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Monroe, Shreveport and Alexandria all made the bottom 50. Yay!
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OCT 23 The Advocate's Amy Wold writes about one alarming reality of coastal loss - the relocation and/or loss of entire communities. Moving them en masse rarely works, she writes. Sure, the best course is to try to save the coast. But even if the coastal restoration plans in place all work, this will still be an issue, she adds, because no matter what Louisiana will end up smaller than it is now.
OCT 23 Hayride blogger Scott McKay, who already has attacked our own Lamar White Jr. over his endorsement of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, attacks him again in this post. In addition to attempts to belittle Lamar and Wendy, he talks about the "morons" at Davis' campaign. That moniker applies to anyone who disagrees with McKay, apparently.
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OCT 22 It's hard to pick out the most interesting part of this post on Mother Jones about Texas lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick. His claim that migrant workers will bring leprosy to Texas? That Connie Chung's show should be called "Slanted Eye to Eye"? But of course we must go with the comments about our very own Duck people, and how they are the spokesmen for God.
OCT 22 A state judge threw out the lawsuit of a former employee of the LSU Alumni Association, the Advocate reports here. The employee had claimed the former director of the group gave her a job so she'd have sex with him, and after she left agreed to continue to pay her -- so she'd have sex with him. Apparently you get no points for hutzpah.
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