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December 2017: The Last WILT

This month I've been listening to three new albums by people who've been around a long time. Firstly American Tunes, the final, posthumous album by Allen Toussaint. I really wanted to love this, and I don't hate it, but I think his last (The Bright Mississippi) was much better. And besides, I've written about him, and New Orleans music, many times already.

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STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN Or, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Vodka Martini (But Were Afraid To Ask)
Posted on 12/1/2017

The vodka martini has been a popular drink for quite a long time, and so has predictably fallen out of favour with the 'craft cocktail' crowd. Some very cool bars even refuse to stock vodka, on the grounds that it's pretty flavourless (they've got a point there) or that their customers need to be educated (hmmm). But personally I still find the 'vodkatini' a splendidly bracing apéritif, and not bad on other occasions, too.

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That's All, Folks!
Posted on 6/27/2017

The Fast Forward tour finally wrapped up on June 25th in San Antonio, Texas – its 88th show. Joe would like to thank the following for one of his most successful and enjoyable tours in many years:

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