In backyards across New Orleans, the 100 members of BYO gather to tell stories that are live, unscripted, and true to the teller. Last Saturday night, we featured a recording of Elizabeth Steeby's story of guns, guts and a woman's rite of passage.
Jamaican music legend Jimmy Cliff, who'll be performing Monday at the HOB New Orleans, does two songs ("You Can Get It If You Really Want" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now") live in 2011 at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, a five-day music festival held near Pilton, Somerset, England.
Dr. John and the Lower 911, joined by Donald Harrison on sax, do a ten-and-a-half minute version of "Goin' Back To New Orleans", recorded August 13, 2006 at the Newport Jazz Festival. The title track from a 1992 release by Dr John, "Goin' Back To New Orleans" was originally cut in the 1950s by Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers.
If old or obscure recordings are your thing, I've got a treat for you. The University of California at Santa Barbara partnered with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize over 10,000 cylinder recordings from 1890-1928. The recordings are available to the public at http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php.
Aaron Neville and folk-blues-country vocalist Maria Muldaur perform "Amazing Grace" at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, on November 26, 1989. Muldaur's career began as part of the American folk music revival and the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s.
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's Elvis Costello accompanied by Allen Toussaint, the Crescent City Horns (including Big Sam Williams) and the Imposters, live from the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 3, 2006. This video is 56 minutes long, selected from a 3 hour show--not the "full show" as the YouTube poster mistakenly claims.