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The music of Louisiana has a lot in common with the cuisine. An initial blast of heat usually commands attention right off the bat, but then – slowly, but surely – all sorts of subtler notes start to creep in, making for an irresistibly captivating experience. That’s the vibe that emanates from The Red Stick Ramblers, an appropriately-named aggregation that builds stylistic bridges spanning the decades – not to mention connecting styles as diverse as traditional Cajun, western swing, blues and old-school jazz.

“From day one, we were just interested in all sorts of music, from Django Reinhardt to Duke Ellington to the Cajun stuff that a few of the guys in the band grew up around,” says Mississippi-bred guitarist Chas Justus. “We never put any limits on what we listened to or what we played. "At first, we didn’t think that hundreds of college kids would come out to hear that kind of music, but when we added a little extra drive to it with a drum kit and all, it was really a revelation to see how contagious it could be."

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