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John T. Lewis

Resurrection

by barry January 6, 2011

In Crescent City Blues and in the pages of this blog, we’ve chronicled the ups and downs of New Orleans’ famous Mother-in-Law Lounge. Founded by singer Ernie K-Doe and his wife Antoinette K-Doe in 1994, it was a cozy space full of K-Doe memorabilia that became a second living room for many of the city’s […]

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‘A Last Hoorah’

by barry December 5, 2010

As we noted here, the Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge will be closing its doors this month after a 16-year run as one of New Orleans’ most beloved small music clubs. We featured the Mother-in-Law and its owner, Betty Fox, in “Crescent City Blues.” And we wrote about some of the club’s history here. Before it […]

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Return to Louisiana

by barry November 1, 2010

I’ve been back in Louisiana for the past few weeks, working on a series of articles and audio podcasts for the online edition of OnEarth Magazine, an independent publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The series, called “Losing Louisiana,” is about the long-term aftermath of the BP oil spill, as well as 80 years’ […]

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John T. and the record trucks

by barry September 30, 2010

There’s a new 80-second audio clip on our Meet the Musicians page: R&B guitarist John T. Lewis talking about the trucks that sold 45-rpm records in the Lower Ninth Ward when he was growing up. Check it out. And, if you’re in or near the Big Easy this coming Sunday night, Oct. 3, also check […]

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A surprise guest

by barry September 29, 2010

We love how New Orleans musicians help one another out in times of crisis. As we noted in last Saturday’s post, harmonica bluesman J.D. Hill has been facing a rough time: Not only was he the victim of an armed robbery, but he also faces eviction from his home in Musicians’ Village. Our friend Ann […]

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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 (prx.org). You can listen online at http://www.prx.org/pieces/53509-crescent-city-blues, 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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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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End of the Mother-in-Law

by barry June 29, 2010

From New Orleans’ Times-Picayune (as well as local musician friends) comes this sad news: Betty Fox closing Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge By Alison Fensterstock The Mother-in-Law Lounge, a Treme landmark opened by New Orleans rhythm-and-blues icon Ernie K-Doe and his wife, Antoinette, in the mid-’90s, will close its bar operation next month but might reopen […]

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I’ve Got a Twenty-Room House

by admin April 1, 2010

Here at Still Singing the Blues World Headquarters, we’re busy writing scripts, assembling audio, and attending to all the details involved in producing a radio documentary. Sometimes, though, when the minutia gets too great, we dream of being back at Young at Heart Club. Young at Heart, as you read here, is one of the […]

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"Like I was back at a CYO dance"

by admin January 24, 2010

We’re not accustomed to people throwing concerts in our honor. But that’s pretty much what happened Friday night at Mother-in-Law Lounge in New Orleans. John T. Lewis (above left), a blues and R&B guitarist whom we interviewed, and drummer Ben Sandmel, one of our consultants, pulled together four hours of live music at the Lounge […]

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