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Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, "Calinda"

Tue, 08/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's been over three decades since St. Martinsville native Nathan Williams embarked on a musical career with the Zydeco Cha Chas. It's been quite a ride, with performances at the Grand Ole Opry and Lincoln Center, a Big Easy award as Best Zydeco Band, and the Zydeco Music A... Read more

Jazmine Sullivan, "Stupid Girls"

Mon, 08/25/14
Authored by David Stafford
Last month, during Essence Fest, NPR Music arranged to meet contemporary R&B star Jazmine Sullivan at the Clear-Vue barbershop, on South Rampart near Canal, for a "field recording" session. Interrupting a conversation about college football, Sullivan quickly won over the al... Read more

Ray Charles, Live in Madrid, 1975

Fri, 08/22/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure: a vintage 1975 Madrid show by Ray Charles and the Ray Charles Orchestra. The show begins with an extended instrumental set by the Orchestra, with the genius himself taking the stage at about the 30-minute mark. The Orchestra is excellent, ... Read more

The Avett Brothers, "Souls Like the Wheels"

Fri, 08/22/14
Authored by David Stafford
Indie-roots-bluegrass folkies the Avett Brothers perform "Souls Like the Wheels" live in the attic of their headquarters in Concord, North Carolina last December. The song first appeared on their 2008 EP The Second Gleam; a live version appears on their most recent album, M... Read more

Benjamin Booker, "Violent Shiver" and "Have You Seen My Son?"

Wed, 08/20/14
Authored by David Stafford
Benjamin Booker, who graces the cover of the current issue of Gambit Weekly, performs two blues-punk-pop songs from his eponymous debut album on ATO records: "Violent Shiver" and "Have You Seen My Son?". These versions were recorded live at WFUV, Fordham University. Alex Wo... Read more

Delfeayo Marsalis, "Sesame Street" theme and other selections from The Last Southern Gentlemen

Tue, 08/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Back to school special! NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis (currently featured in the wwoz.org masthead above), along with his father Ellis, brother Jason, and bassist David Pulphus perform "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" and other selections from Delfeayo's u... Read more

Mia Borders, "Try Me On"

Mon, 08/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with New Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders near Harrah's at the head of Canal Street. Here's "Try Me On" from her 2010 album Magnolia Blue.   Read more

The Deslondes at Newport Folk Fest

Fri, 08/15/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
Proud to share some good news from the continually up-and-coming New Orleans country-folk scene that’s blossomed from the 9th Ward. Local country soulsters, The Deslondes, hit the stage at the historic and renowned Newport Folk Festival a couple weeks ago following their a... Read more

Mahalia Jackson, "Come On Children Let's Sing", 1967

Fri, 08/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
As the emcee puts it in his introduction, here's "the world's greatest gospel singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson" with and epic two-part rendition of "Come On Children Let's Sing" recorded in Berlin in 1967 for West German television. There's a cut at the 3:15 mark to the encore ... Read more

Honey Island Swamp Band, "Cane Sugar"

Wed, 08/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a sweet treat for a hot August Wednesday: a live version of the Honey Island Swamp Band's "Cane Sugar", recorded live during a "Sitting In" session at Tipitina's on Dec 1, 2012. The song is the title track on the band's fourth album, released by Louisiana Red Hot Rec... Read more

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