When Atlanta rapper Killer Mike won a Grammy in 2002 how many of us would’ve predicted he’d eventually replace John T. Edge as the leader of Southern Foodways Alliance? Continue Reading
It should have been the biggest party Louisiana ever saw. The Celebration of Life in 1971 was to be a deep south version of Woodstock where the hippies, rednecks and Cajuns all beat their feet in unison on that sweet Point Coupee, Parish mud. Continue Reading
We’re enjoying a smoggy early summer afternoon in New Orleans 9th Ward by listening to Eldridge Holmes’ ‘Gone Gone Gone’
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This morning, brewery owner Gayle Benson announced there is a “process underway to change the name of Dixie Brewery and all Dixie-branded products.” Continue Reading
I don’t believe the blues gonna die, the blues was here when nothing else was here and I think it’ll be here when everything else is gone, it’s gonna be right here.
In his later years Louisiana bluesman Silas Hogan had the appearance of a country minister. He kept his snowy white hair cropped close, and favored brilliant white dress shirts with slacks and well-polished shoes. Of course the man wore a necktie. Continue Reading
Put on Harry “Big Daddy” Hypolite’s ‘For Better Or Worse’ this morning and think of what might have been. Big Daddy was zydeco king Clifton Chenier’s sideman for eight years. He died in a car crash on this day in 2005.