Any day that starts with a garbage bag full of fresh crawfish, homemade cocktail sauce, wine, and bluegrass music is likely to end well… If first impressions count the most, I’m moving to Louisiana.
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Big thanks to John and Alan for the warm welcome and great food. John regaled me with stories about the clubs known as the ‘crawfish circuit’ and salt&pepper bands. Imagine a mixed race band playing across the South in the 50s. Johnny said those mesh wire cages really were used…


Spent the afternoon and evening hanging out with Alex Cook, writer for the local 225Magazine. Got another history lesson: Leadbelly (godfather of the blues) got a pardon from Earl Long and was released from Angola Prison when his musical talent was discovered by an RCA talent scout. He was serving a life sentence for murder. Many bluesmen spent time in jails – Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, ‘Bukka’ White.
Very interested to learn that in the 50s, black music was sold in non-traditional outlets (barbershops, etc), while white music was sold in the mainstream record stores and appliance stores (note: just like the current chopped&screwed. Amazing parallels).
Alex took me on a great musical tour in the evening. Started off at Teddy’s Juke Joint – hundred year old shack out in the woods – for some blues from blind Bryan Lee. Would have partaken of the homemade BBQ, but we’d eaten. Settled for mud pie…
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Then on to Red Star for some swamp-cajun-rock-boogie from Shreveport’s Dirtfoot. Amazing sound – guitars, standup bass, sax, pans (as in kitchen pans), drums, and a drop by euphonium player (a shrunken tuba). Plus ad hoc percussion from the crowd. Picked up their CD.
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Gentle end to the evening with some jam band music at Chelsea’s.
Hope to be back here.

Comments

  1. chris
    April 25, 2007 at 11:40am
    Next time your in LA don't forget to visit Lafayette. The heart of French Louisiana. Cajun and Creole Culture and Music
    Reply
  2. Teedy
    June 28, 2007 at 1:01pm
    When are you coming back to Baton Rouge?
    Reply
  3. KENNETH
    August 29, 2007 at 8:15am
    is there any way to listen to complete albums?
    Reply
  4. Glenda L
    March 17, 2008 at 2:33pm
    check out Elvis Barker- local boy from Melville, La. He resides in Jarreau Louisiana now. He has two CD's out the 1st is Forever or Nothing. I think it is his best. Personally my favorite is Who should I choose. He hasn't done much singing since his 1st wife died of pancretic cancer. Forever or Nothing was written before she died.It was his favorite, I think it was for her. He has a web site just type ElvisBarker and it will lead you to it
    Reply
  5. John
    April 28, 2008 at 5:01pm
    Glad you had a time here in the dirty south. You should do a night like that in New Orleans its easy lots more music
    Reply
  6. Greg
    December 26, 2008 at 2:57pm
    You should come to Shreveport, LA
    Reply
  7. Frank
    July 08, 2009 at 12:28pm
    Next in Louisiana visit Lafayette and surrounding cities for a unique cajun zideco blues combination all wrapped in one!!!!!!!!!!
    Reply

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