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.

We were in Lafayette, Louisiana for Festival International or we would’ve been pointing the Econoline toward South Pittburg Tennessee for the big 2017 National Cornbread Festival Competition held this past weekend.

Hidemi Walsh of Centreville, Virginia won the championship with her chili shrimp and coconut cornbread recipe.

2nd place went to Ashlyn Morgan of Englewood, Tennessee with her cornbread Cuban sandwiches with mojo sauce. Her finish puts lie to the old phrase ‘ain’t no good in Englewood’

Felice Bogus of Raleigh, North Carolina finished 3rd with her recipe for smokey chicken tinga street gorditas.

Walsh was rewarded with a $5,000 cash prize and a 30-inch stainless steel gas range from FiveStar Professional Cooking Equipment.

Redd Kross

Once or twice a year we’ll attempt to draw attention to a concert here in New Orleans that transcends the music scene of our city.

This is one of those times.

Everyone has a favorite band and Redd Kross is ours. We’ve been listening to them since the 80s when Thurston Moore informed the world of their importance.

Since then we’ve seen them play a dozen or so times. Tomorrow night we’ll add to that number.

They are our favorite band.

Siberia is at 2227 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

On January 2nd of this year we penned “2016 Cookbook Of The Year Award Goes To ‘Victuals’ By Ronni Lundy”

The James Beard people took our lead and ran with it, and last night Ms Lundy’s ‘Victuals’ won first place in the ‘American Cooking’ book category.

Congratulations to Ms. Lundy. Now go out there and eat a chili bun to help the Corbin, Kentucky native celebrate.

Here’s our original piece.

The definitive guide to New Orleans’ best record shops

The definitive guide to New Orleans’ best record shops

Too good to not share. While the days when we were relentlessly building our record collection are behind us we do enjoy a good crate digging session from time to time.

Author Anton Spice has done all the hard work for you Fiero driving, fried baloney eating roughnecks. Now get out there and do some digging.

Update: Spencer Carlton’s next court appearance is June 16th 2017
In March of 2016 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Spencer Carlton assaulted Jerry Don Summers outside the Dogwood Nightclub on West 6th Street.

Carlton believed that Summers had groped his wife inside the bar, and pursued the man outside where he shoved Summers to the ground. Summers fell, struck his head, and died in the hospital four days later.

At the time, Carlton was booked on manslaughter charges. Since then the charges have been amended to criminally negligent homicide. Criminally negligent homicide is a State Jail Felony (between 180 days and 2 years in a State Jail institution)

Spencer Carlton is set to appear in Travis County Criminal Court on May 3rd 2017 at 9am.

An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

We’ll have a lengthy review once we receive our copy of Caroline Gerdes’ “An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward” but suffice to say we are excited about this release.

Ms. Gerdes grandmother grew up in the 9th Ward and while the younger Gerdes was matriculating at LSU she received a grant from National Geographic to pen a history of New Orleans best known community.

Country Roads magazine has a piece on Gerdes here.

Check out our 9th Ward Daily Photo series.