Last night Jamie Dell’Apa, a DJ at New Orleans’ WWOZ (and a great friend now), invited me to the studio for a broadcast of Crescent City Blues, the second hour of our series. Jamie knew I was in town working on a series of articles for the online edition of OnEarth Magazine about the Louisiana coast.
Rather than playing the documentary straight through, Jamie broke it into segments, interspersed with conversations with me and additional music by Deacon John, Ernie Vincent, Little Freddie King, and Ernie K-Doe. I talked about the warm embrace we experienced at New Orleans’ corner blues joint; why we felt compelled to produce a second hour, even without funding; and what brings me back to New Orleans over and over. I also offered a postcript to our segment about the Mother-in-Law Lounge: owner Betty Fox’s announcement this month that she plans to close the bar after all. Finally, I shared the PG-rated version of one of the racier stories that we couldn’t include about the Dew Drop Inn and its female impersonators.