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 unsung heroes of rock’n’roll on three indoor stages. It’s a chance to savor all those musicians who shaped American popular culture without becoming household names.
This year’s line-up includes swamp blues harmonica player Lazy Lester, originally from Torras, Louisiana; Lafayette bandleader Lil’ Buck Sinegal, who played guitar for zydeco legend Clifton Chenier; and Barbara Lynn, a Texan who was recording her “soulful vocals and bluesy guitar licks” at Cosimo Matassa’s famous New Orleans studio almost forty years ago. Also playing is Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts; Hurtt served as a consultant on our documentary project.
There will be a ton of other musicians, from Louisiana and elsewhere, whose obscurity is our loss.
Here’s an article I wrote last year that talks about my own experience at the Stomp.
Accompanying the music will be a two-day music-history conference at the Cabildo in Jackson Square.
Friends in South Louisiana: If you can’t make the Stomp, you can catch some of the same musicians on Monday the 27th at Somewhere’s Else Lounge, 1506 Surry Street in Lafayette. The lounge’s Old School Monday Night Blues Jam starts at 7 p.m. and features Lil’ Buck Sinegal, Lazy Lester, and blues diva Carol Fran. Here the event is posted on Facebook. Note: Soul food and dancing too!