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Katrina Blues

December 15, 2009

Here’s a musical interlude, courtesy of Ernie Vincent‘s new Vimeo page. Vincent, whose Top Notes were the original warm-up band at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, has been performing in New Orleans since the 1960s. Back in 1998, Times-Picayune writer Bill Grady wrote a profile of Vincent that recalled his days as:

…a juke-joint guitarist who played the defunct Coon Kan John nightclub on La Salle Street, “threw” coffee sacks with Aaron Neville as a longshoreman, and ate the best yet-ca-mein in town at the legendary Sam’s Bar on Rampart Street, now closed, where hookers in hot pants posed in theater seats along the wall, and old men used drumsticks on the back of wooden chairs to keep time with Joe Simon and “Nine-Pound Steel.”

Best known for his R&B and funk, Vincent returned to his blues roots in his latest album, Bayou Road Blues. These days, he’s exploring a fusion of blues and funk—which, he was quick to remind us during our October interview, are close musical cousins.

Here’s a recent performance at d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. Thanks to Vincent’s manager, Jerry Moran, for posting this.

Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes “Katrina Blues” from Jerry Moran on Vimeo.

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