This morning James Karst, po boy scholar, New Orleans jazz historian, and Times Picayune weekly columnist announced his departure from the thrice weekly local newspaper The Times Picayune.

We can’t pin this one on Jim Amoss, the most loathed man in New Orleans journalism history as he left his role as the Times Picayune’s editor on October 22, 2015.

That day should be a state holiday as Amoss did more to destroy the former daily than any person in its history. Continue Reading

Ponderosa Stomp main man Billy Boy Arnold turns 83 today. Mr Arnold started playing with Bo Diddly in 1951 when Diddly was still working out them hambone beats that would eventually make him famous. Back then Maxwell Street was the epicenter of the Windy City blues scene and men that would one day stride the earth as legends were playing for a plate of fried catfish and a few belts of whiskey.

Billy Boy Arnold was honing his chops in the 1940s with cats like Sonny Boy Williamson before he’d even become a teenager. 70 years later he’s still under full steam as witnessed by his incendiary live set earlier this year headlining the Chicago Blues Festival with fellow masters Willie Clayton, Sugar Blue and Mavis Staples.

I’m champing at the bit to see this one.

Judy Hill, formerly of Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar is featured in this New Orleans, and Mississippi-shot documentary.

If you spend five minutes with Miss Judy you feel like the most important person on earth. She’s kinetic.

Earlier in his career, Roberto Minervini, the filmmaker, made a disturbing documentary on marginalized meth addicts and rural survivalists with his Louisiana-shot “The Other Side”

“What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?” is currently on the festival circuit.


Billy Joe Shaver performing live at Players in Pflugerville Texas

He’s not in a graveyard, sitting in jail or a mental institution. Billy Joe Shaver has defied everybody who came up against him since he started down the outlaw path back in the 60s.

Pictured: Mr Shaver holding it down at a dive bar in Pflugerville, Texas back in 2011. The Corsicana, Texas native blew the doors off Players that night. Then he got in his old, beat-up van and drove off to the next gig, and the next town.

Same as he’s always done.

Happy Birthday Billy Joe.