RL Reeves Jr visits Gollem beer bar on Raamsteeg in Amsterdam

Over at the Advocate newspaper, hardworking big man Ian McNulty has penned a decent guide to New Orleans taprooms. The scene down here in New Orleans is slowly growing and as we’ve said before, give us 10 years and we just may have something to brag about. Link Oh, and Dixie Beer is on the precipice of opening right here in the glorious 9th Ward. Continue Reading

Scrumptious Chef 10th Anniversary Cajun Gumbo Pop Up

Here’s a list of Louisiana parishes we visited to procure goods for our Scrumptious Chef 10th Anniversary Cajun Gumbo Pop Up

Lafayette Parish: Andouille sausage

Lafourche Parish: Fresh crop White beans

St Bernard Parish: Fresh-cured ham

Lafayette Parish: Crawfish boudin

Iberia Parish: Fresh bayou catfish

Acadia Parish: Medium grain Louisiana-grown rice

Of course we scored plenty goods and sundries in our home parish, Orleans, and we’ll tighten things up once we arrive in Austin (Travis County). Looking forward to seeing y’all. Here’s an eventbrite link so you can score a $5 ticket

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Friday afternoon is finally here after a long work week and we’ve got Fats Domino’s “Little School Girl” on the Hi Fi here in the 9th Ward of New Orleans.

This song was the b-side to “You Done Me Wrong” and Dave Bartholomew was given a co-writing credit along with the Fat Man.

It was recorded at Cosimo’s studio on Rampart Street October 27 1953.

Eagle-eared listeners may be able to discern young legend Papoose Nelson on guitar. Nelson is one of the great, tragic figures in New Orleans music.

Rest In Peace 5th Ward Weebie

New Orleans bounce legend and hip hop mogul 5th Ward Weebie aka Jerome Cosey has passed. He was just 42 years old. In 2014 the Amistad Research Center sat down with Weebie for nearly an hour and the New Orleans native was feeling particulary loquacious. Cosey had been in poor health of late dealing with medical issues brought on by high blood pressure.

Interview

This is the site of my grandpa Big Jim Sullivan’s former hog pen in rural Knox County, Kentucky. Big Jim raised Duroc hogs on this plot of land from the 1920s through the 1970s.

For the past few years I’ve been making a 430 mile drive to Madison, Alabama to purchase pork bellies from one of the top hog breeders in the U.S.A.

Henry Fudge has been breeding Duroc pigs since the early 70s and is nationally famous for raising some of the finest heritage pork available on the domestic market. Continue Reading

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’ve been on a bit of a Guitar Slim tear around the Scrumptious house of late. There have been plenty bluesmen who have called themselves Guitar Slim over the years but if you’re from the Deep South you know there’s only one real standard-bearer: Eddie Jones, the fighting pride of Greenwood, Mississippi.

We’re playing “Well I Done Got Over It” on this fine Carnival morning.

Yeah, that’s Ray Charles on piano for you record folks with big ears.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” hit number one on the r&b charts on this date back in 1967.

I was not yet born but I wasn’t too old before I became a Neville Brothers fan. My mom played their records all the time on her Hi-Fi system when my sister and I were little kids.

Aaron was just 25 years old when he hit no. 1.

Diane Honore aka Gumbo Marie at New Orleans Joan of Arc Parade

Diane Honore aka Gumbo Marie will lead a discussion on Black Creole Mardi Gras Traditions on Thursday, January 23rd 2020 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Esplanade Avenue. You may have seen Ms. Honore leading the Black Storyville Baby Dolls through the streets of Treme on one of their celebratory outings or perhaps dancing like a wild woman at a Sunday second line.

Hope to see y’all out

Black Creole Mardi Gras Traditions
New Orleans Jazz Museum
Thursday January 23rd
2-3pm