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 24 You gotta love it when they start eating their young, right? In this post in Politico, BP mouthpiece Geoff Morrell denies that his company's oil spill "ruined the Gulf." Instead, he says, it was Bobby Jindal's decision to divert fresh water into the salt water environment that caused massive losses to shrimp and oyster industries. The evidence doesn't back up any claims that the spill caused that harm, he says. Nothing to see here, move along.
OCT 24 The former mayor of Sorrento was arrested on dozens of child pornography charges, a post on The Creole reports here. Wilson Longanecker Jr. was arrested in his Ascension Parish mansion, the blog reports.
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OCT 24 Jim Brown is blogging about elections in this post. There's no one more recognizable when it comes to elections than he is, and yet he still had to show his ID, you know. He gives some easy-to-remember advice on the Amendments: vote against them all. This stuff needs to be handled by legislators, not added to the Constitution, he says.
OCT 24 Bobby Jindal's recent "magical" budget touch - you know, the one that turned a $140 million deficit into a $170 million surplus - is just imaginary, columnist James Gill tells us in this post. It's about as real as that story he tells about the "gold standard" of ethics, Gill says.
OCT 24 George Carter III, a teenage member of the group Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, died this week, the Picayune reports here. Educators who knew him called him a "visionary." He certainly had some highly-developed ideas for his age, but despite his ability to provide positive ideas for helping kids in the city, in the end he wasn't able to escape NOLA's problems, either.
OCT 24 John Dickerson posts this slice-of-campaign-life look at Mary Landrieu on the trail in Louisiana. Republicans are playing to a runoff, he opines, meaning our state will become "a zoo" if it turns out this race will decide control of the Senate.
OCT 24 Bike lanes have been quite the topic of convo over in NOLA recently, what with streetspace, already at a premium downtown, being sacrified for them. In this post on the Uptown Messenger blog, Owen Courreges opines that the lanes are not really being constructed for people who ride bikes, but instead because developers seeking to make money downtown feel they are needed. He's also predicting that they will increase already nightmarish levels of traffic to new heights. Nah -- that couldn't happen!
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!
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 Bayou Buzz is taking Gov. Bobby Jindal and the GOP to task here for the Ebola shrieking. The so-called "travel ban" makes no sense, and these politicians should have done their homework before coming up with this stunt, Stephen Sabludowsky writes.
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