Lupita is the proprietor of La Fogata in Austin, Texas and her kitchen is spotless

I’ve been fortunate in my life as a cook to have worked in some extraordinarily clean kitchens. When I was at Backstage under Ray Tatum, at the end of a shift we’d fill up a big kettle, bring it to a boil then use the 212°F water to clean everything in the kitchen including the floors. Continue Reading

Gram Parson’s Burial Grounds In Metairie Louisiana

Garden of Memories Cemetery
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA

Anybody on here got GPS? 29.97553, -90.17761

We drove out to the cemetery on Gram’s birthday last year. It is absolutely vast so punch the GPS into your phone so you can find the gravesite.

Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Texas

“I’m gobsmacked as we roll into Mexia, Texas on US Hwy 84. We’re not a block from Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken when I spot Anna Nicole Smith walking down the side of the road. A cloud of cotton candy hair is floating above her brown shoulders, she’s wearing denim short shorts and a gingham blouse as she strides easily through the warm, spring air like a young Jayne Mansfield.”

It’s National Fried Chicken Day and there’s not a place in the world I’d rather be than Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Texas.

Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken In Mexia Texas: Nikki Hart Superstar

Mexia is pronounced ‘muhaya’

Tony Owens performing at Ponderosa Stomp in 2015

Visit the Zen dojo where Lee Dorsey cut “Ride Your Pony”

The 2017 Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans is just a little over three months away. We’re slobbering like coon hounds at the lineup which includes Doug Kershaw, The Mummies and Roky Erickson among a long list of tungsten-level heavyweights flying in from all over the US to tear the Orpheum Theater to the ground and leave it a pile of smoking rubble.


Tony Owens is the lost soul king of New Orleans

Happy National Donut Day

Where’s a donut lassie when you need one?

National Donut Day was created by The Salvation Army to honor the gals, nicknamed donut lassies {can’t believe there wasn’t a riot girl band named that}, who fed the sweet treats to soldiers during World War I.


We try to pay as little attention to politicians as possible. So when names like Trump, Landrieu, Erdogan, Clinton, and Putin come up in our daily gambit across the internet we plow ahead to other more benign interests.

We have little time for the shuck and jive of professional hucksters. Continue Reading

We’re really looking forward to getting a copy of History Between These Folds a group effort from this year’s junior class at George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans 9th Ward.

Kiese Laymon, an English professor at the University of Mississippi, was instrumental in helping the teenagers get published. Nearly 80 9th Ward 11th graders participated in the project.

Eric Parrie, a history teacher at G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy gave the students an assignment to “tell the story of a meaningful moment and just tell it as powerfully and beautifully and in as detailed a way as you can”

History Between These Folds is the result

Buy the book here.