9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair died in New Orleans on this day in 1980. I never go to see him perform live but have spent a few hundred hours blasting his music out of Buicks, Datsuns, Fords, Dodges and whatever other vehicles I’ve managed to shove a cassette tape into over the years.

A couple weeks ago we were hanging out at Cafe Envie in the French Quarter when a weirdo on a bicycle pulled up with Longhair at maximum volume coming out of her Bluetooth. It was one of those New Orleans moments.

Put on “Mardi Gras In New Orleans” this afternoon and bask in Carnival in the most important city on earth.

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