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Rebirth Brass Band, "Rebirth Groove"

Fri, 08/01/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a way to celebrate Friday: get your body moving with the Rebirth Brass Band as they perform the track "Rebirth Groove" from their new album, Move Your Body. Recorded live at The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans and hot of the presses, just published yesterday (7/31) by Ba... Read more

John Boutte, "Why"

Tue, 07/29/14
Authored by David Stafford
John Boutte sings Annie Lennox's "Why" with the New Orleans Social Club on an October 2006 episode of Austin City Limits. The song appeared on the NO Social Club's Sing Me Back Home collection, recorded several weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a circumstance which gives this ... Read more

New Collection of Louis Armstrong Recordings Released on Mosaic Label

Mon, 07/28/14
Authored by Sally Young
    Ever since he listened to “St. Louis Blues” on Louis Armstrong’s “16 Most Requested Songs” CD, Ricky Riccardi has been obsessed with Pops. Less than a decade after he graduated from Rutgers Newark University with a master’s degree in Jazz History and Research in 2005, h... Read more

The Tin Men, "Sit Down on the Banks of the River"

Mon, 07/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
Get going this Monday morning with an upbeat number from New Orleans' premier washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio, the Tin Men (Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine, and Washboard Chaz): "Sit Down on the Banks of the River", originally by blues legend the Reverend Gary Davis. This vers... Read more

Eric Burdon & War, Live in Denmark, 1971

Sat, 07/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's a three-song, 30-minute set by Eric Burdon & War live in Gladsaxe, Denmark, January 21, 1971. The tracks include "Spirit", "Love Is All Around", and a 15-minute version of the Junior Parker blues standard "Mystery Train".     Read more

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Pressure Cooker", 1984

Thu, 07/24/14
Authored by David Stafford
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 doe... Read more

Roy Ayers, "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", 1992

Wed, 07/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
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.   Read more

Memories of Lionel Ferbos

Tue, 07/22/14
Authored by Sally Young
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 abou... Read more

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, "To Make Amends"

Mon, 07/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
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.     Read more

1934 Louisiana Lomax Recordings Now Available Online

Sun, 07/20/14
Authored by Carrie
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. The recordings inclu... Read more

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