Born in the Mississippi Delta near Clarksdale, blues legend Eddie James "Son" House (1902-1988) spent a good deal of his childhood in Louisiana, eventually in Algiers/New Orleans, but first near Tallulah in Madison Parish. His brief introduction to "Preaching the Blues" in the video below recounts an episode from young adulthood in adjacent East Carroll Parish.
On this week's show we welcome Dayna Kurtz to the city, in her new and arguably ancestral home, while we enjoy a full hour of music recorded live at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street featuring guitarist Robert Mache.
If you didn't get enough Zydeco at the last weekend's Lousiana Cajun & Zyedo festival in Armstrong Park, check out this video. Published last week by Storyville Records, it's a 1984 live recording at the Maple Leaf:"The Louisiana Two Step" by Rockin' Dopsie (1932 - 1993) and The Zydeco Twisters.
The Y’heard Me? Music Industry Summit will take place on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 3p at the Ellis Marsalis Cente. The Summit is a free experiential learning opportunity for New Orleans musicians to learn more about the music business from local industry professionals. Attendees will participate in a circuit of small-group discussions with mentors.
A few months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, Ruby Dee came to Congo Square to tell us motley returnees that she understood Congo Square was some of the most sacred ground in America. She was also gracious enough to extend Congo Square to all of New Orleans.
Blood splattered playgrounds,
Selfies overflowing with false.
Sipping on petroleum cocktails,
caus it's fun destroying futures.
Can I buy your innocence
with some poor man's digital gold,
his interest rate will kill him,
All in good time my pretty!
Sharks eating sharks
and Michael's hologram,
Just wrote another "Thriller."
When sadness is solace
Caus love has grown so selfish,
If you can't catch him this Saturday (6/14) at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park, here's nearly 90 minutes of Buckwheat Zydeco filmed live at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on March 11,2012.
There's something just right about pairing the Kinks "Complicated Life", a cut from their 1971 Muswell Hillbillies album, with Preservation Hall Jazz Band singer Clint Maedgen's one-shot bicycle tour of the pre-Katrina Vieux Carré (including a cameo by the New Orleans Bingo! Show).