Happy Carnival Y’all. Put on some Allen Toussaint this afternoon. “Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta” is a good way to get the party started.
We’ve dialed up Mahalia Jackson singing “How I Got Over” on a cloudy Carnival afternoon in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. Continue Reading
We’re listening to a 17 year old Snooks on the all-time Mardi Gras classic “Jockamo,” that’s him backing Sugar Boy Crawford.
Eaglin had a career that spanned over a half a century. He played with, and was revered by legendary New Orleans cats like Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair. Thousands of people took to the streets for the second line that marched him to the grave
A good introduction to his style is the 1971 LP “Possum Up A Simmon Tree.”
If your Carnival season needs a hot boost put “Arabian Love Call” by Art Neville on the Hi-Fi. This 7″ slab released in 1959 on the Specialty label but it sounds like it came out mid-last week.
“Country Woman” was the “b” side to Boo Breeding’s 1956 7″ slow-burner “Low and Lonesome.” It dropped on the New Orleans Imperial label back in 1955.
Photo taken at CTC Steppers, February 2020.
Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of one of the best cornet players to ever come out of our city: Freddie Keppard, born on this day in 1889.
He would pass 44 years later but not before establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of jazz.
By the age of 16 Keppard had already formed his own group, the Olympia Orchestra who were quickly in hot demand around town.
Keppard has a small presence on Youtube for those inclined.
From time to time we take a break from Johnny Adams and Lee Dorsey to put on some of the new school hip hop folks like Skiibandz out of DC. We’re not gonna take our old UGK or New Kingdom CDs to the pawn shop to clear out room for him but he’s definitely worth a listen.
We’re listening to “The Emperor of the World” aka Ernie Kador aka Ernie-K-Doe, one of the biggest personalities to ever erupt out of the New Orleans music scene. Continue Reading
One of the landmark songs of Carnival is “They All Asked For You” by the Meters. If you ever find yourself in a grumpy mood or just feeling bogged down by inertia put this cut on and you will immediately be lifted onto a higher plane.
It’s impossible to believe that this song is over four decades old. It sounds like it was released this morning.