Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews returns this fall with For True (due Sept. 13 on Verve) — check out the first taste of the album, "Encore," with Gov't Mule guitar-slinger Warren Haynes throwing some wild blues licks into the organ-driven soul track.
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes performs a free show 10 p.m. tonight at Tipitina's for its Free Friday series (no relation). The show is the band's last until September. Grab free tracks from the band here.
Ambiguous 90-something-year-old Mississippi bluesman T-Model Ford and his GravelRoad, a Seattle blues-wrecking crew, are at One Eyed Jacks tomorrow. His latest LP with the band is Taledragger (Alive Natural Sounds) — listen to the track "Same Old Train" here. Stream the punky, proto-krautrock pysch-blues of "Someone's Knocking on My Door" here.
New Orleans lost another of its own this week: Rapper Tim Smooth died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 39. Here's Alison Fensterstock's obit — and check out his Where They At piece (with audio) here, along with the streaming track "Tell Me Why."
After the jump, a Smooth tribute from DJ EF Cuttin' and more music:
Download EF Cuttin's "King of Kennedy Heights" mix, a tribute to the late New Orleans MC Tim Smooth with highlights of his rap career.
New Orleans garage meets its Baton Rouge counterpart: The Dives and Melters are at Siberia, 10 p.m. Sunday. Stream Melters tracks here.