New Orleans


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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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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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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Help out a harmonica player

by barry September 25, 2010

Here’s a great video of harmonica player J.D. Hill and his band the Jammers performing at New Orleans’ St. Roch Tavern. We dare you not to wiggle as you watch this. Unfortnately, Hill hasn’t been performing much lately. We received a message today from our friend Ann Banks, who is organizing a benefit show this […]

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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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Mid-week music pick: Sweet Lorraine’s

by barry September 20, 2010

Later on this site, we’ll post an excerpt from our interview with C.P. Love, an R&B vocalist from New Orleans who was strongly influenced by the Mississippi-born “King of Soul,” Sam Cooke. For now, New Orleanians can catch him Sept. 22 at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club, 1931 St. Claude Ave. The show starts at 9 […]

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Don’t miss the Stomp

by barry September 19, 2010

Before you even read this post, take a listen to Barbara Lynn‘s 1962 R&B hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing.” You can listen by clicking here. This will help you understand why this coming weekend is an exciting one for music lovers in New Orleans. On Sept. 24 and 25, Ponderosa Stomp will celebrate the […]

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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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Cabildo Congo Mombo

by barry August 8, 2010

In the last of its cocktail-and-conversation series, the Louisiana State Museum will sponsor a conversation with swamp-pop guitarist Gabriel Perrodin, better known as Guitar Gable, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Cabildo in New Orleans’ Jackson Square. Admission is free, as are drinks. Born into a Creole family in […]

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