Legendary New Orleans artist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint has teamed with producer Joe Henry for his next album, a collection tentatively titled "The Bright Mississippi" due out in early 2009 on Nonesuch.
Elvis Costello's next solo studio album, curiously dubbed "Momofuku," will arrive April 22 via Lost Highway. For the time being, the set will be released only on vinyl, with a digital download code included in the package.
New Orleans' homegrown musical culture, facing the fight of its life, lives large in Harry Connick Jr.'s simultaneously released albums, each offering a multiplicity of strains that collectively have helped make the Crescent City sound so distinctive.
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint's acclaimed live show in support of their collaborative album "The River in Reverse" is the subject of the DVD "Hot As a Pistol, Keen As a Blade," due Nov. 21 via Hip-O/UME.