New Orleans

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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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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Ms. Big Stuff

by barry July 5, 2010

News from the Louisiana State Museum: “On Friday, July 9, New Orleans native and Stax Records star Jean Knight will be joining us for Cocktails & Conversation. Her 1971 hit ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ went double-platinum and received a Grammy nomination for best R&B vocal performance. She was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame […]

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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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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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Blues clubs and the spill

by barry June 29, 2010

Ben Sandmel, one of our humanities consultants, has written an article for Politics Daily that links the BP oil spill to the blues clubs of New Orleans. Ben writes about Tommy Singleton, an R&B singer whose name has appeared often in his blog. Sandmel writes: At first glance, Louisiana’s oil-fouled coast may seem worlds away […]

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A Chat with the Soul Queen

by barry June 8, 2010

If we were in New Orleans this Friday, there’s no question where we would be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.: at the Cabildo on Jackson Square for Cocktails & Conversation with Irma Thomas. Every second Friday of month, the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, an organization committed to the celebration of the unsung heroes of American roots […]

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Save the clinic!

by admin May 22, 2010

As a part of our research, we were honored to interview Bethany Bultman, co-founder of the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Since 1998 the clinic has been keeping the blues (as well as jazz, gospel, R&B and any other music you can think of) alive in New Orleans by giving the city’s musicians the medical care […]

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Home at Musician’s Village

by admin May 9, 2010

Last year, during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Tim Duffy slept for several nights on the sofa of New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King. Duffy runs Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization that supports and promotes older Southerners who play traditional music and make less than $18,000 a year. King, who lives at […]

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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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