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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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We’re borrowing from Gábor Urbán who famously said “Not a day without a line” as he referred to painting or drawing a minimum of one line per day – every day of his life. The old master is nearing the end of his span but we’ve hopefully got several more years left shooting our beloved 9th Ward.

We promise one 9th Ward photo per day, every day, and so far we’ve delivered; this entry in the series marks no. 1,242

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The feeling of excitement is starting to build on the streets of New Orleans 9th Ward as Carnival starts in earnest this weekend with the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.

The 25 day orgy of fun is fixing to commence.

We’re blasting “Let’s Have Some Fun” by Slim Saunders this morning to get in the Carnival mood. Eagle-eared listeners may take note that both Sugar Boy Crawford and Snooks Eaglin are in Saunders’ backing band.

George Sanders Le Blanc was born in New Orleans December 24, 1929 and died on September 14, 1998. He’s buried in St Roch cemetery. You know that was one hell of a second line.

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We’re listening to Malik Ninety Five’s “WWYD” this afternoon at our home in New Orleans 9th Ward. It’s good to take a break from Lloyd Price and Johnny Adams from time to time and see what the young’uns are rattling the quarter panels of their Kias with.

Malik is signed to Curren$y’s Jet Life Recordings and rolls out of Gentilly.

(Malik is not pictured)

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It’s Carnival season in New Orleans and we’re celebrating every single day til Ash Wednesday rears its 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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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.

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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.