The blues finds its way to your ears via the fingerpicking of New Orleans guitarist John Rankin, followed by pianist Bob Andrews tickling the ivories. The Crescent City has a rhythm both in the clubs and on the stove, as we explore the cycle of cuisine that surrounds daily life in New Orleans.
It is the morning of the second full day of the IBC here in Memphis and what a ride. Wed night the International showcase was fantastic, a concert with all of the acts from outside of the US. 12 countries are represented from 5 continents. I was most impressed with the duo from Germany. Last night the first round of the semi-finals.
Host George Ingmire takes in the sweet, soul-stirring sounds of Matt Lemmler, followed by the vocal magic and wit of the Pfister Sisters. Along the way, we meet up with Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, for a look back on half a century of float building.