9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr
We’re marking the anniversary of the birth of George Landry aka Big Chief Jolley of the Wild Tchoupitoulas. He was born today back in 1917.
Let’s visit Sea Saint Studios in Gentilly where Landry coaxed his nephews: Art, Charles, Aaron and Cyril; the Neville Brothers into backing him on what would be his debut, and only, LP. The Wild Magnolias had already charted the territory of wild-ass, black-masking Indians recording their culture’s music but nobody in New Orleans had the chops of the Nevilles, and Landry knew his kinfolk would be his ace in the hole. Continue Reading