The opening minutes of Still Singing the Blues (Hour 1) feature a lively recording session in which Carol Fran sings, in English and French, her song “Everyday is Not the Same.” She was recording that tune (along with “I Need to Be Be’d With”) for Louisiana Swamp Stomp, a CD produced as a benefit for the Northern Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. The foundation is a new non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness, raising research funds, and helping patients financially.
The CD was inspired by Carol Fran herself, who suffered a stroke several years ago, and by Shreveport blues-rock musician Buddy Flett, who in 2008, according to blogger Ron Weinstock:
…had a near fatal bout with encephalitis that left him in a medically induced coma. When he awoke, he had lost the ability to walk, talk, and play the guitar but with the help of his family, both kin and the musical community, he was able to play guitar at his own benefit. His own struggle to get back to health inspired the formation of the Northern Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Foundation to fund neuroscience research in Louisiana.
The CD is now available, and it is terrific. It features several of the musicians who appear in our documentary (Carol Fran, Little Freddie King) and this web site (Henry Gray, Larry Garner). Also featured are Buddy Flett and soul singer Percy Sledge (best known for his 1966 hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”).
Get this CD, really. Copies are $20. For more information on ordering, go to http://www.brainhelp.org/activities.html.