Happy Birthday Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price was only 19 years old when he had the number 1 R&B song in the US, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” that’s Dave Bartholomew producing the cut with Fats Domino on piano. Mr Price always gets heavy play on 9th Ward pirate radio.

Price turns 87 today.

If you ever find yourself riding around in Kenner, Louisiana where Price was born, you may stumble upon Lloyd Price Avenue, his hometown’s homage to the legend.

Feel like learning more about this old-school mover and shaker? Sit back and listen to this American Routes radio show from 2007 more.

Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc kicks off Carnival 2020 in New Orleans French Quarter

Carnival Season 2020 is upon us. Monday afternoon, January 6th, 2020, tens of thousands of people will flock into the French Quarter of New Orleans to watch Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc roll.

It’s a 12th night party like no other with thousands of devotees of Jeanne d’Arc dressed in medieval costumes, drinking grog from ornate goblets, and partying wildly in the streets.

Dozens of men and women on horseback will be gallivanting about wearing extraordinary costumes, and many of them will be bearing torches. Post up early on a choice piece of sidewalk and don’t budge. This is not like a second line where everything is fluid. The crowd is primarily tourists.

The parade kicks off at 201 Bienville Street at 7pm. Here’s a printable, Google walking map of the route. Hope to see y’all out there.


Coincidence? We think not. The Pulitzer Prize committee clearly did their research when they were looking for USA’s best investigative reporters.

They didn’t have to look far.

At the end of 2018 we handed out our hard-earned awards for categories like fried chicken joint of the year and hog farmer of the year but the Pulitzer cognoscenti aren’t handing out accolades for that. What they are deeply invested in is journalism, and there is no finer team than that assembled over at the New Orleans Advocate.

Congratulations to John Simerman and his fellow award winners: Gordon Russell, Jeff Adelson and Jim Mustian.

We are starmakers.

This is how you make a star.

Update: I was not expecting this post to blow up the way it did. Welcome y’all. RL Reeves Jr