Baton Rouge

Tune into WWOZ Tuesday

by barry July 31, 2010

WWOZ, New Orleans’ fabulous community radio station, will broadcast Still Singing the Blues Tuesday, Aug. 3, around 10 p.m. Central Time. Tune into 90.7 FM or listen online at The documentary will be aired during the show “The Kitchen Sink with David Kunian.” This is a special honor, because David Kunian himself has produced […]

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Brian "BB" Bruce, R.I.P.

by admin March 10, 2010

When we were in Louisiana in January interviewing 85-year-old bluesman Henry Gray, he and his band were dealing with the sad news that their harmonica player, Brian “BB” Bruce, was dying of cancer. Smiley Anders, a columnist for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, described BB as “the skinny white guy on the blues harp in […]

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Who’s that man playing Stagger Lee?

by admin January 20, 2010

Henry Gray, who for 14 years played piano for Chicago bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, spent his 85th birthday yesterday the same way he spends every weekday: entertaining the lunchtime crowd at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Government Street in Baton Rouge. Gray, who won National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006 (and […]

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Christmas in the Swamp

by admin December 25, 2009

Johnny Palazzotto, director of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, sent out a Christmas greeting this morning accompanied by Wayne Carson and Gary Vincent’s song Christmas in the Swamp from the 1999 CD Back to the Big Easy. We can’t post the whole song legally, but you can hear a 27-second clip by clicking here.

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Baton Rouge blues

by admin October 31, 2009

Rudy Richard & Larry Garner from Barry on Vimeo. We recently heard the Interstate 10 corridor between New Orleans and Lafayette described as the 125 most musical miles in the world. To the east, New Orleans is of course known for jazz, brass-band funk, and rhythm-and-blues. To the west, Lafayette gets its fame from Cajun […]

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