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Koko Taylor, "Can't Let Go", Live 1993

Fri, 02/27/15
Authored by David Stafford
A Friday treat for blues lovers: the late great Koko Taylor doing 6+ minutes of "Can't Let Go" live at the Woodlands in 1993. Per Lyle Lovett, who introduces the video, she's backed by the Alligator All-Stars.   Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 02/27/15

Fri, 02/27/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Intro 1 Last Time Alternative Quartet Precision Riddim Set 1 2 Like a Ship Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir Like a Ship 3 Let It Be Bill Withers Just AS I Am Set 2 4 The Weight Aretha Franklin This Girls In Love With You 5 Dark End Of the Street Prince Bus... Read more

Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne" Live, 1970

Wed, 02/25/15
Authored by David Stafford
Leonard Cohen performs "Suzanne" live on the Isle of Wight in 1970, during Cohen's first year of touring. The show became an album, Live at the Isle of Wight 1970. One of Cohen's best known songs, "Suzanne" had appeared on his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967; ev... Read more

Beans on Toast, "New Orleans Honeymoon"

Tue, 02/24/15
Authored by David Stafford
The artist named "Beans on Toast" is described on his YouTube Channel as an "English drunk folk singer." "New Orleans Honeymoon" is a track from from his new (6th) album, The Grand Scheme of Things. The video, which contains a lot of great French Quarter visuals, was create... Read more

Steven Bernstein and Henry Butler on Jazz Night in America

Mon, 02/23/15
Authored by David Stafford
In this video clip from a recent episode of Jazz Night in America, trumpeter/composer/arranger Steven Bernstein and New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, co-leaders of a band they call the Hot 9, break down just how they built an ensemble around one man's signature style. Berns... Read more

Valerie June, Tiny Desk Concert

Sun, 02/22/15
Authored by David Stafford
Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June was one of the highlights of last October's Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. In this NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, a three-song set including two from her most recent album Pushin' Against a Stone, she shows off her singular blend of... Read more

Lomax videos of New Orleans & Cajun country musicians from early 1980s

Sat, 02/21/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Alan Lomax is well-known among American traditional music fans for his extensive audio field recordings from the 1930s onward, much of which has been released and distributed through the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Folkways label. Lesser known is Lomax's video w... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 02/20/15

Sat, 02/21/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Get Up (Or Get Out) Bloodstone 03:26 I Need Time 2015/2/20 22:00:51 2 A Prayer Curtis Mayfield 04:05 Gospel 2015/2/20 22:03:49 3 You've Got To Save Me Laur... Read more

Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys, Tiny Desk Concert

Wed, 02/18/15
Authored by David Stafford
If you're kicking back and recovering from Mardi Gras, check out this four-song set by Grammy-nominated Cajun band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a 2011 Tiny Desk Concert from the NPR Music office. Set List: "Lyons Point" "Valse de Chagrin/Waltz of Sorrow" "Grand Isle" ... Read more

Dr. John & the Lower 911, "Big Bass Drum (On A Mardi Gras Day)"

Sun, 02/15/15
Authored by David Stafford
Back in July 2011, Dr. John played the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut and gave this performance of "Big Bass Drum (On A Mardi Gras Day). Happy Carnival, y'all!   Read more

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