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Kerry Curtin walked to the front of Room 602 at South Live Oak Elementary and turned to face the room-full of students sitting at two tables in rows of eight.

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  • By Kevin Fambrough The Livingston Parish News
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Author Susan Mustafa gets nightmares.

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The next Old South Jamboree show will be held on Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in Walker, featuring Mark Sanders and his daughter Mallory as well as Kerwin Leblanc, Tommy Raborn, Randy and John Blackwell, June Barker, Ed Kinchen, Eddie Warren, Robert Reynolds, Anita Leblanc, Deb Carpenter, Th…

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  • By Tommy Comeaux The Livingston Parish News
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The greatest music the United States has ever created will be center stage as the parish’s best high school musicians and vocalists showcase music indigenous to America and other classics perform next Saturday.

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For the first time ever, Monster Jam® will bring its premier Triple Threat Series™ to the Baton Rouge Raising Cane’s River Center April 7 – 9, 2017.

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  • By Tommy Comeaux The Livingston Parish News
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Molly Rushing, an actress from Watson, has had the same dream since she was a young girl and now after 19 years of training, that dream will finally be realized on a Broadway stage in New York City, today as she performs in the new show, “Anastasia,” at the Broadhurst Theatre.

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  • By Tommy Comeaux The Livingston Parish News
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With the ability to play a multitude of instruments, two albums done and another in progress and upcoming gigs at two of south Louisiana’s most prestigious venues, James Linden Hogg could end his musical career now and already have done more than most musicians in a lifetime.

But Hogg is only 16 and his career is just beginning.

His list of accomplishments is impressive, no matter his age. He won the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship at Northwestern State University and is the youngest musician to ever be featured at the world renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Hogg has worked in three films and was a featured actor on a nationally syndicated television program. One of his albums features country star Ricky Skaggs, with whom the young talent has performed in concert.

“I had the honor of recording with Mr. Ricky in his studio and while we weren’t in the studio together, he plays mandolin on one of the songs on my album, ‘College Fund Volume 2,’” Hogg said. That album will be released soon and he’s working on a third album now.

He called Skaggs “such a wonderful musician,” adding, “He’s been an important influence on me, on my music.”

This Saturday, Mar. 18, he will take the stage at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge with two of south Louisiana’s most familiar musical talents, his father Jim Hogg and Nelson Blanchard.

“They are both such talented musicians,” he said. “They can listen to a song just once and be able to play it.”

On Mar. 30 and Mar. 31, Hogg will perform at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with two more well known Louisiana musicians, Mark O’Conner and Michael Doucet.

Despite the long list of achievements in the entertainment arena, soon-to-be Satsuma resident Hogg remains a quiet, modest teenager.

“I’ve been playing music pretty much as long as I can remember,” he said after playing early American music with the elder Hogg at the LSU Rural Life Museum for the American Judicial Alliance’s Patriots Day Luncheon.

“It wasn’t until I was 8, though, that I became more focused on music, got serious about it and began taking lessons,” Hogg said.

He’s now adept on numerous instruments including almost anything with strings – guitar, banjo and violin – and he plays piano, accordion, bagpipes and fife.

The last two are clues about where is musical love lies, in historic Scottish and Irish music, the foundation of early Americana music.

“I love music – I was drawn to music by my parents,” Hogg said when asked why he enjoys performing. “My favorite kind of music is Scottish, Irish and Celtic folk music – early Americana, our nation’s music in its infancy.”

His beginnings in music are modest at best, having picked up an old violin and playing by ear. Home-schooled, Hogg says he’s deeply appreciated the support of his parents in his musical endeavors.

“I definitely have to give my father credit but I also have to give my mother credit because the first fiddle I had was one she bought,” Hogg said. “She was the one who first wanted to play the fiddle so it was always laying around the house.”

“I was very careful with it and even as a child, my parents encouraged me to play it,” he said. “It didn’t sound that great and soon – remember, I was just a kid – I had it in a state of disarray.”

The violin made it to a couple of violin repairers, or luthiers, who said, “It wasn’t worth the trouble to fix,” but Hogg said another was enthusiastic about taking on the task.

“He shaved it down, reworked it and restrung it and it sounds fantastic now,” Hogg said. “The luthier who did the work said it was one of the best fiddles he’d ever worked on.”

For more information on Hogg, visit his website, www.JamesLindenHogg.com. For tickets to Saturday’s show at the Shaw Center for the Arts, go to www.manshiptheatre.org.

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Tommy Comeaux is the Lifestyle editor at The Livingston Parish News. He can be reached via email at TommyComeaux@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, @tommycomeaux.

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The annual Pioneer Day will be held at Train Station Park in Denham Springs on March 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be an 1800s working gristmill, handmade cypress boats, chair caning, quilters, Louisiana Gold Honeybee observation deck, Pelican Woodcarvers Club, handmade soap, bears…

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Port Allen – The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society is pleased to announce our 16th Annual Dulcimer Festival, a weekend music event for all acoustic instruments, from March 9 – March 11, 2017, on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center and West Baton Rouge Museum, 749 North Jeffe…

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  • By Kevin Fambrough The Livingston Parish News
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“I Survived” series author tells Denham Springs Junior High students of struggles, challenge of writing.

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Hammond – A fun-filled way to support two good causes is coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. “Breakfast in Paris, Martinis in Manhattan: A Cabaret” is a unique fundraiser and musical program organized by the Friends of Sims Library and the Columbia Theatre.

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What a milestone! Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire and Team Toyota proudly present Grand Country Junction’s 10-year Anniversary Show featuring the return of Glynn Fendlason, Duane Black, Ron Galbo and Greg Sullivan as the Junction Boys Quartet.

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  • By Tommy Comeaux The Livingston Parish News
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Members of the Suburban Reviewers Book Club recently toured the Louisiana State Archives, a treasure trove of Louisiana art, documents and books, beginning with an entertaining introduction to the building from its top official.

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