The Ninth Annual XXXXmas XXXtravaganza (a.k.a. Bad Christmas Song Special) will feature the Heaux Heaux Heauxs’ new line of Heaux-siery, an all-new Grammar Moment with the Jew Heaux, and an extended Rodent Set.
Roots music icon Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005) dedicates this 1984 rendition of "Pressure Cooker" thusly: "This is for all guitar players, where ever you are. This is a very easy tune to play." It may be a simple tune, but I doubt it's easy to rip it up like he does in this performance.
Check out jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers playing "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" live in 1992 from the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton, a town in Somerset, England. Ayers introduces the song as a special tribute to Miles Davis, who had recently passed away.
Lionel Ferbos was a living link to New Orleans history. Born in 1911, he lived through the last century of development and change that most of us read about in books. His memory was sharp and he could remember things like they happened yesterday. I loved talking to him about growing up in the city, being a fourth generation New Orleanian myself.
Just released: the first music video by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue for "To Make Amends" a song from their most recent album Last To Leave. It was filmed live, in a single, long tracking shot, at Side Show Props/Moviesets in Slidell, LA.
It's a great day for historians and fans of Louisiana's rich musical heritage-- the John and Alan Lomax recordings from their summer 1934 trip through the southern portion of the state are now available online, complete with photographs and extensive notes, including translations. The recordings include songs sung in both English and French.