April 10, 2017

There’s a difference between good and bad blues, just ask Louis Lipinski.

“When it’s good, it’s excellent,” Lipinski said. “But unfortunately, when it’s bad, it’s really bad.”

Lipinski is one-eighth of the new blues group, The Unselfish Lovers of the Blues. The band also includes Dave Hinson (the magician behind the Adult Music Club), Lewis Roussel, Marston Fowler, Sandy Lemoine, Leon LeJeune, Sandy Brock and Bryan McVicker.

The band performs at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Front Porch Stage at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

The band’s mission is simple — to stop blues abuse. Or, more specifically, to push people away from the blues artists who disrespect the genre. The key is to play, collaborating in an unselfish way.

Hence the name.

“Our name gave us a sort of boundary to exist within,” Hinson said. “If you’re going to be an unselfish lover of the blues, you’re not going to stand for an untasteful guitar solo.”

There’s a heady knowledge with this group. The band is all about “sticking to the root...

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