Blues music

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One local musician is looking to revive the spirit of Tabby Thomas’ Blues Box in Baton Rouge. Henry Turner Jr.is a Louisiana reggae, blues, soul and funk musician. He has been touring with his band for the last two decades. But, Tabby’s Blues Box used to be the only place in town where he could play.

Johnny Palazzotto recalls the life of the late Baton Rouge blues musician Tabby Thomas, plus cajun zydeco musicians Zarchary Richard and Terrance Simien discuss their music, and actress Dawn Wells talks aoTV's "Gilligan Island."

Parents (from left to right) Carlos Thomas, Kathryn Kissam, LaToya Johnson, and Tiffany Temple in the Jim Engster Show studio to discuss the educational choices they've made for their children.
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Guest Host Maxine Crump leads a discussion with parents about how they have navigated the educational landscape in Baton Rouge on behalf of their kids. Parents Tiffany Temple, Latoya Johnson, Kathryn Kissam and Carlos Thomas take part.

Baton Rouge blues man Larry Garner and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation President Bill Bryan talk about blues legend Muddy Waters, his ongoing influence on music today, and the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala honoring him.


Jim visits with local bluesman Kenny Neal, who talks about his love of the blues and the musical heritage of his family.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the 2013 Oscar Awards Show, and the upcoming "TEDxLSU" event.

From Glasgow Middle School, Dean Jessica Mitchell and science teacher Lauraleigh Cefalu talk about the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) night.


(Encore performance from June 5, 2012)

Jim talks with former Louisiana resident a living blues music legend Buddy Guy.