Tommy Singleton

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 ( 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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Get down to Bo’Cat’s

by barry July 20, 2010

If we were going to be in New Orleans this weekend, we would definitely spend Saturday night at Bo’Cat’s Lounge, at the musical fundraiser for R&B vocalist Tommy Singleton. Singleton, the former lead singer for Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, is one of the many New Orleans musicians who have always relied on  day […]

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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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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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Saints, politics and ya-ka-mein

by admin January 24, 2010

One of the most moving parts of this research has been how warmly we’ve been welcomed into neighborhood bars where tight communities gather and the blues are kept alive. This afternoon, we interview O.D. Raiford, who owns the Young at Heart Club in New Orleans’ Pigeontown neigborhood. It was our third visit to the bar, […]

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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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Eskimo boogie in New Orleans

by admin January 17, 2010

If you missed our interview on WWOZ 90.7 FM early this morning, imagine this: Richard’s evocative description of the New Orleans neighborhood bar The Place to Be and Barry’s discussion of honey-voiced R&B musician Tommy Singleton—interspersed with Eskimo Boogie, scenes from Casablanca, a set of Little Freddie King tunes, and host Jamie Dell’Apa‘s gorgeous audio […]

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Come to the Mother-in-Law

by admin January 15, 2010

If you’re in New Orleans, you need to come to this. No excuses. We’ll let the (slightly abridged) press release speak for itself: “While New Orleans is home to many globally famous music venues, the Crescent City also nurtures a lively circuit of lesser-known blues and R&B clubs where a cadre of first-rate musicians play […]

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