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.
The 16th annual Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square lineup is out! This annual springtime concert series features local artists and food and drink vendors and, for the eager, marks the start of festival season.
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; even before that, it had been covered by Judy Collins on In My Life (1966).
Join us and celebrate the 1-year Anniversary of Louisiana Music Factory and WWOZ's Swamp Shop on Frenchmen Street. There'll be food and a music lineup that includes John Boutte, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Little Freddie King, the Shotgun Jazz Band, and Eric Lindell. Also, we'll be doing a live broadcast.
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 created by "Beans on Toast and Lizzy Bee, on location, on honeymoon." Awww....
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. Bernstein explains how he went about arranging Butler's music for 10 players.
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 blues, gospel, folk, and bluegrass.
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 work, which began in the late 1970s.
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" "Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better"