An abandoned old house in the Upper 9th Ward features some fetching outsider art.

We have to wonder what the painter’s possible connection is with Shorty Long, the Birmingham-born musician who authored “Devil With The Blue Dress” way back in 1964.

This was the first song ever released on the Soul label, a subsidiary of Motown.

9th Ward Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

9th Ward Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

Mr. Long never achieved fame with his debut and drowned in the Detroit river a mere five years hence.

We’ll leave the reader to decide whether white women are the devil.

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