Friday, August 28, 2015

"New Orleans" : THE WEEKEND MIX

Here is my friend, Paul Sanchez:

"The tenth anniversary of Katrina and the failure of the federal levees is upon us. I have friends posting that they don't want to hear about it, but most of those friends were not born in New Orleans.
Those of us that were born here know that you cannot wish away sadness and suffering. It is why Second Lines are glorious. The celebration is filled with people chasing sadness away with music, dancing and faith. John Boutte's voice, Shamarr Allen's trumpet, and Glen David Andrews massive spirit all carry that sadness with them but they also carry healing love. I will sing about it and talk about it with friends who need a friend. I'm New Orleans born, New Orleans bred and when I die I'll be New Orleans dead."


On Your Way Down- Allen Toussaint
I Count The Tears- Irma Thomas
Tell It Like It Is- Dirty Dozen Brass Band 
Pump It Up- Jon Cleary
Warsaw Concerto-James Booker
Bayou Breeze- Tab Benoit
Southern Man-John Boutte
Mr. Big Stuff- Kermit Ruffins & The Rebirth Brass Band
Slangshotz & Boomerangz- C.C. Adcock
There Is A Light- Clint Maedgen
When The Levee Breaks Stanton Moore
Time For The Sun To Rise- Earl King
People Say- The Meters
At The Foot Of Canal- Paul Sanchez



Anonymous said...

The Rothko Chapel in Houston just completed a pretty inspired series of concerts to commemorate the anniversary - Hustlers Brass Band, Step Rideau and Ed Poullard.

Sonny Landreth's "Blue Tarp Blues" is more topical, but his older "Congo Square" is right in the neighborhood.

buzzbabyjesus said...

New Orleans is indeed a special place. It's the birthplace of the music we love.

A walk in the woods said...

Nice writing by your friend, and looks like a nice mix. I remember "the day of Katrina" like yesterday... so sad for this great city. But N'Awlins is nothing if not resilient, so I am hopeful for its future.

Anonymous said...

I'm Baton Rouge born and bred not New Orleans, but your friend speaks the truth.

buzzbabyjesus said...

"I'm Baton Rouge born and bred not New Orleans, but your friend speaks the truth."

Did you ever go to Tabby's Blues Box? I saw 93 year old Silas Hogan play there one night in 1988. He was the opening act, followed by Tabby's son and others not remembered due to beer fog. What a party! Here's Silas Hogan's "Bad Little Puppy", released on Tabby';s label and autographed by the artist.

buzzbabyjesus said...

I'm sorry, Silas Hogan's "Hairy Leg Woman" is a lot more fun. These were recorded in 1988, so he's 93 on the 45.



Thanks Sal.

Anonymous said...


Tabby's Blues Box indeed, a number of times in the early to mid-1980s, especially when Raeful Neal was blowing or Henry Grey banging the keys and tried to catch them and others of BR's small but real and ready blues scene when they played around town. We didn't have much money at that point, but on one memorable occasion we pooled our pennies for a dinner before at Didee's where the management was ever changing but the ah-mazing duck endured....Mr. Hogan was a real gentleman. I took my youngest brother to the very first Baton Rouge Blues Festival out on the Southern Campus, beautiful day at a beautiful spot (Scotts' Bluff) overlooking the mighty Mississippi and took a picture of them together. I left long ago and don't miss much but the food and music; those I miss a lot. Great place to grow up; easy place to leave.

dogbreath said...

Three day weekend over here thanks to Monday's bank & public holiday - yay! But watched a documentary on the sorry state of some large portions of New Orleans still in desperate need of rebuilding & repair. The music has always been inspirational; let's hope someone's inspired enough to get the job done. Thanks for the mix.

Charlie Carr said...

Outrageous! We hit the road Friday on an errand of mercy of sorts. Missed this completely. Only read Offbeat & the NYT's coverage so far. And a book I am reading now - Katrina: After the Flood. Perfect soundtrack. Thanks!

Charlie Carr said...

Sin of omission: thanks too to Paul Sanchez! Always a gentleman.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sal

Southern man what a great version by John Boutte