In the summer of 1989, Van Morrison was travelling in Greece with a film crew, making the documentary One Irish Rover. One sunny day, he was joined in Athens by Bob Dylan, who'd just ended a European tour.
This week, we welcome Dayna Kurtz to the city, her new and arguably ancestral home, and enjoy a full hour of music recorded live at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street with guitarist Robert Mache. We also meet up with Dayna, over a bottle of red wine, to talk about everything from her first song and raiding her sibling’s record collection.
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.