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Yeah, You Right: Billy Iuso

Billy Iuso

In our "Yeah, You Right!" interview series, we toss 20 rapid-fire questions at some of the New Orleans music scene's brightest stars. Some of their answers will surprise you, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Guitarist Billy Iuso may be a native of Port Chester, New York, but he's been a stalwart of the New Orleans music scene since 1996. He spent many years fronting a jam-funk band called Brides of Jesus, but has since gone solo, performing as Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives, which gives him the opportunity to go beyond the jam-funk mold. He is also the guitarist in one of the most powerful New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian funk groups, 101 Runners. He's often featured in WWOZ live broadcasts, and you can catch him around town at various festivals and clubs like the Maple Leaf and Le Bon Temps Roulé.

Q: Crystal or Louisiana Hot Sauce?
A: Crystal. After Katrina destroyed the Mid-City Crystal factory, I bought cases of it because I figured it would never be the same. I was wrong. Its still just as good....

Q: Zapp’s or Tater Tots?
A: Zapp's.

Q: Mint Julep or Hurricane?
A: Hurricane.

Q: Beach or pool?
A: Beach.

Q: Concert hall or nightclub?
A: Concert hall money, but playing in nightclubs.

Q: Congo Square Stage or Acura Stage?
A: ANY please!!!!!

Q: iTunes or Louisiana Music Factory?
A: Louisiana Music Factory.

Q: Wynton Marsalis or Lil’ Wayne?
A: Lil' Wayne.

Q: Aretha or Mahalia?
A: Aretha.

Q: Samuel L. Jackson or Will Smith?
A: Sammy.

Q: Lost or the Food Network?
A: Food Network. One word: Giada. She's hot.

Q: The Daily Show or CNN?
A: CNN.

Q: Facebook or MySpace?
A: Facebook.

Q: TV or radio?
A: Radio — only WWOZ! [Thanks, Billy!]

Q: Books or magazines?
A: Magazines.

Q: SUV or Prius?
A: SUV.

Q: 1970s or 80s?
A: 70s.

Q: NBA or NFL?
A: NFL.

Q: The Godfather or the Godfather of Soul?
A: They're one and the same to me... You know I'm Italian, right?!

Q: French Quarter or Uptown?
A: Uptown — 12th ward!

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