Ernie Vincent

Good listenin’ in New Orleans (or anywhere)

by barry October 5, 2010

Whether or not you’re near New Orleans, here are two opportunities to hear several musicians featured in our documentary series, as well as a host of other talented artists: From WWOZ’s web site: “The New Orleans Voodoo Blues Krewe’s Voodoo Blues Challenge finals are on October 8 at Rock & Bowl—and WWOZ will broadcast the […]

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The premiere of Hour 2!

by barry September 24, 2010

We are please to announce that Hour 2 of Still Singing the Blues, called “Crescent City Blues,” has been posted to the web site of Public Radio Exchange ( You can listen online at, but you first must register for a free membership at PRX. It will debut Sunday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. […]

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Labor Day weekend in New Orleans

by barry September 2, 2010

If you live anywhere near New Orleans, or if you’ll be visiting this weekend for Southern Decadence, pull yourself away from the city’s other offerings and treat yourself to some of its blues and R&B. This will be a banner weekend for music. Some possibilities: Friday at 9:30 p.m. : Blues harmonica player J.D. Hill […]

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Coming to the rescue

by barry July 14, 2010

Last weekend, we flew down to New Orleans to witness an outpouring of love, as hundreds of residents turned out to help save the Mother-in-Law Lounge. And we learned this: When a community mobilizes to save a cultural institution, the results can hearten and inspire. The Mother-in-Law has been a veritable living room for many […]

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Change of heart

by barry June 30, 2010

Just as we couldn’t imagine New Orleans without the Mother-in-Law Lounge, so couldn’t many New Orleanians. As the Times-Picayune reports: Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge owner decides to try and keep it open, after all By Alison Fensterstock Just about a week after deciding that she would close the landmark tavern she took over after her […]

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Katrina Blues

by admin 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 […]

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The best of the blues?

by admin December 10, 2009

Every January, the New Orleans music magazine Offbeat throws a party to honor the region’s best musicians. This year’s Best of the Beat Awards will be held Jan. 22 at House of Blues in the French Quarter. We’ve already written about two of the nominees in the blues categories, Little Freddie King and Ernie Vincent. […]

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An anniversary celebration

by admin November 16, 2009

When we were first trawling for names of unsung rhythm-and-blues musicians, one of the recommended names that was unfamiliar to us was Tommy Singleton. A 66-year-old New Orleans native who drives an oyster truck for a living, Singleton (right) has been a regular on the city’s R&B scene for decades—starting with the Living Dead Revue, […]

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Blues & BBQ

by admin October 13, 2009

If you’re anywhere near New Orleans this weekend (sadly, we won’t be), don’t miss The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, a two-day event in Lafayette Square Park (580 St. Charles Ave.) sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. This is a chance to catch free—yes, free—performances by the likes of Buddy Guy […]

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