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The Avett Brothers, "Souls Like the Wheels"

Fri, 08/22/14
Authored by David Stafford
Indie-roots-bluegrass folkies the Avett Brothers perform "Souls Like the Wheels" live in the attic of their headquarters in Concord, North Carolina last December. The song first appeared on their 2008 EP The Second Gleam; a live version appears on their most recent album, M... Read more

Benjamin Booker, "Violent Shiver" and "Have You Seen My Son?"

Wed, 08/20/14
Authored by David Stafford
Benjamin Booker, who graces the cover of the current issue of Gambit Weekly, performs two blues-punk-pop songs from his eponymous debut album on ATO records: "Violent Shiver" and "Have You Seen My Son?". These versions were recorded live at WFUV, Fordham University. Alex Wo... Read more

Delfeayo Marsalis, "Sesame Street" theme and other selections from The Last Southern Gentlemen

Tue, 08/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Back to school special! NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis (currently featured in the masthead above), along with his father Ellis, brother Jason, and bassist David Pulphus perform "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" and other selections from Delfeayo's u... Read more

Mia Borders, "Try Me On"

Mon, 08/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with New Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders near Harrah's at the head of Canal Street. Here's "Try Me On" from her 2010 album Magnolia Blue.   Read more

The Deslondes at Newport Folk Fest

Fri, 08/15/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
Proud to share some good news from the continually up-and-coming New Orleans country-folk scene that’s blossomed from the 9th Ward. Local country soulsters, The Deslondes, hit the stage at the historic and renowned Newport Folk Festival a couple weeks ago following their a... Read more

Mahalia Jackson, "Come On Children Let's Sing", 1967

Fri, 08/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
As the emcee puts it in his introduction, here's "the world's greatest gospel singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson" with and epic two-part rendition of "Come On Children Let's Sing" recorded in Berlin in 1967 for West German television. There's a cut at the 3:15 mark to the encore ... Read more

Honey Island Swamp Band, "Cane Sugar"

Wed, 08/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a sweet treat for a hot August Wednesday: a live version of the Honey Island Swamp Band's "Cane Sugar", recorded live during a "Sitting In" session at Tipitina's on Dec 1, 2012. The song is the title track on the band's fourth album, released by Louisiana Red Hot Rec... Read more

Luke Winslow King, "Down by the Riverside"

Tue, 08/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with Luke Winslow King outside the Botanical Gardens in City Park. Here's his take on the spiritual "Down by the Riverside", adding his name to a long list of New Orleans musicians who've covered the song, ... Read more

Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, circa 1958-59

Sat, 08/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, an amazing hour with rock-and-roll and rockabilly pioneers Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, compiled from performances on a 1950s California TV show called Town Hall Party. The Gene Vincent songs come from appearances on October 25, 1958, a... Read more

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, "Unclean Waters"

Fri, 08/08/14
Authored by David Stafford
Get your Friday Funk Fix right here: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band performing "Unclean Waters" live at a fundraiser for the Roots of Music called the Family Funktion and Crawfish Berl. It was shot at the historic Hotel Storyville in New Orleans during Jazz Fest 2012.   Read more

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