9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

It’s Carnival season in New Orleans and we’re celebrating every single day til Ash Wednesday rears it’s ugly head on February 26th.

Huey “Piano” Smith was born on this day in the Lower Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans back in 1934.

By the time he was 8 years old he’d already written his first song “Robertson Street Boogie” named after the street he grew up on.

Smith should’ve been a national superstar but had the screws put to him by the moguls in the business til he called off his touring life as a musician in 1958; but not before he dropped “Don’t You Just Know It” which cracked the Billboard top 10.

This is prime Carnival music from one of the legends of New Orleans piano.

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9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’re listening to “I Tried So Hard” by Whispering Smith this morning at the Scrumptious House in New Orleans 9th Ward. Moses “Whispering” Smith was born on this day in 1932 in Mississippi but became known as a Louisiana bluesman through his affiliation with the legendary producer JD Miller of Crowley out in Acadiana.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Put on 3 x 7 = 21 by Jewel King today. If you were hepping out to local acts in New Orleans in the mid-20th century you may have caught Miss King blowing the doors off Club Desire, right up the street from where the Scrumptious crew have put down stakes in the 9th Ward.

Dave Bartholomew wrote this jumper.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

If you spend anytime at all on the New Orleans second lines you’ve heard plenty SupahBadd blasting off rider’s floats. This girl is all over the place playing parties, clubs, barrooms, lounges…you name it.

She’s the hottest thing to come out of Kenner since Lloyd Price.