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Mr. Fool is the A-side to my favorite song by Dave Bartholomew, “Country Boy”

When I was hanging out with Mr Bartholomew’s son Dave Jr a few weeks ago in Treme I mentioned this to him and he spontaneously broke into song.

I could’ve fell over dead right there and considered it a full life.

This 10″ slab dropped back in 1949 and was the 391st most popular issue of that year.

Hank Williams’ “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It” finished that august year at number 1.

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Does any state have as rich a blues tradition as Louisiana? Texas and Alabama may have something to say about that but musicians like Lonesome Sundown (Cornelius Green) make our state’s claim as strong as any.

The itinerant bluesman spent 40 years recording and touring around the U.S and even had a brief trek through Europe before settling back stateside.

If you were at Jazzfest in the spring of 1979 you may have seen Sundown perform live.

Green was born on this day way back in 1928 in Donaldsonville. He died in Gonzales at the age of 66 in 1995.

“They Call Me Sundown” was the lead cut on Green’s 1977 LP “Been Gone Too Long”

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I was rifling through my records looking for some New Orleans hip hop to listen to while smoking a packet of neckbones in the backyard when I pulled Mystikal’s second album out.

“Unpredictable” came out 22 years ago and was only on the charts for a month before it went gold. You can find CD copies in pawn shops all over New Orleans for a dollar or two.

It did not stand the test of time.

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Lord knows how many bluesmen have carried the appellation “Guitar Slim” but there can be only one originator. Eddie Jones aka Guitar Slim was born on this day back in 1926 in Greenwood, Mississippi. There would have never been a Jimi Hendrix had it not been for Slim. The young guitarist was experimenting with wild distortion when Hendrix was still in elementary school.

If you’ve ever seen Buddy Guy climb up into the rafters of the club or up on a fire escape whilst wildly soloing you can thank Guitar Slim. He showed Buddy the ropes when the young Louisiana cat was first getting his start.

On February 6th, 1959, Slim fell out after performing at a club in New Jersey. His band took him to a doctor in Harlem but he passed in the physician’s office. He’s buried in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Slim died young of pneumonia at 32 years of age.

Scrumptious Chef 10 Year Anniversary Party

Penn’s Country Hams was the grand champion at Kentucky’s big ham shootout this past August. After the winner was determined, an auction was held where some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the South tried to outbid each other to take home the winning ham.

Penn’s 16lb ham brought home a million bucks. That’s $15,000 a slice

In a kitchen cabinet at the Scrumptious house in New Orleans I have a Penn’s Country ham. Not the one that brought home the big prize up in Kentucky but something even rarer and more valuable.

A ham that’s been aged for five years.

We’ll be serving up this rare specimen along with big bowls of Cajun gumbo, fried Louisiana catfish with white beans, shrimp fondeaux, and a few other classics gleaned from John Folse’s landmark cookbook “The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine”

Hope to see y’all out

Scrumptious Chef 10 year anniversary Cajun gumbo pop up
Sunday January 19th 2020
Tamale House East
1707 E 6th St
Austin, Texas

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We’re celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux at the Scrumptious house this morning. Boudreaux was born on this day in 1941.

“Gonna Set ’em On Fire” came out in 2011 on the Chief’s “Won’t Bow Down” LP.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles gang.