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Ruthie Foster, "Don't You Mind People Grinnin' In Your Face"

Mon, 10/06/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is coming up October 17-19, and to help get you in the mood, we'll have a selection of blues videos over the next couple of weeks. First up, here's the pride of Gause, Texas, Ruthie Foster, with a gospel-inflected take on Son House's... Read more

170,000 Great Depression Era Photographs Now Available Online

Mon, 10/06/14
Authored by Carrie
Last month, Yale University and the Library of Congress made over 170,000 photographs from across the United States available for browsing through a new program called Photogrammar. The photos were taken from 1935 to 1945 by photographers commissioned by the U.S. Farm Secur... Read more

Ebola Panic!!!

Sat, 10/04/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
  Ah.  Here in New Orleans, we've seen it already:   Elia Kazan's Panic in the City: One night in the New Orleans slums, vicious hoodlum Blackie and his friends kill an illegal immigrant who won too much in a card game. Next morning, Dr. Clint Reed (a.k.a. Billy Robinson) of... Read more

Benny Goodman, Live in Copenhagen, 1981

Sat, 10/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, 52 minutes of Benny Goodman, live in Copenhagen in 1981. Erroneously billed as Goodman's last performance (which actually happened in 1986, during the year of his death), there are guest appearances from Svend Asmussen and Jimmy Maxwell; t... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 10/03/14

Sat, 10/04/14
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Soul Serenade Beau Dollar & The Coins 02:37 Kent's Cellar Of Soul 2014/10/3 22:01:48 2 Higher And Higher Queen Esther Marrow 03:47 feat. The Harlem Gospel Singers 2014/10... Read more

Jimmy Cliff, Two Songs Live at Glastonbury 2011

Thu, 10/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
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 f... Read more

Dr. John and the Lower 911, "Goin' Back To New Orleans"

Tue, 09/30/14
Authored by David Stafford
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... Read more

Cylinder Recordings Available for Free Listen & Download

Mon, 09/29/14
Authored by Carrie
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 p... Read more

Aaron Neville and Maria Muldaur, "Amazing Grace," 1989

Mon, 09/29/14
Authored by David Stafford
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. Her subsequent... Read more

Elvis Costello with Allen Toussaint, 2006

Sat, 09/27/14
Authored by David Stafford
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-... Read more

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