Well enough worryin and map-surveyin for the moment, lets at least get the tunes set.
Impossible to even hope to survey the Jazz contributions—just stand around in the NOLA airport diggin the vintage Pops—so well start instead with 50s-era, or 50s-esque tunes.
Pride of place goes to Fats Domino, what with Walkin to New Orleans, although this week Let the Four Winds Blow might be the ticket. The greatest ever zydeco number, Clifton Cheniers Zodico Stomp, is not available, but the jump/zydeco combo All Night Long, which is what those winds will be doing Wednesday night, is. Sea Cruises wont be very popular, I dare say, but along with one the greatest rockabilly guys ever, Joe Clay, everyone will be eager to bid Isaac Goodbye, Goodbye. Clay was a fine singer indeed, but is perhaps even more noteworthy for having managed to attract great players, especially guitar-wise. Hal Harris was dangerous enough, but listen to the fantastic Mickey Baker kill it on Cracker Jack! Yikes!
But now the thing from the 50s that really became a NOLA tradition was the piano boogie style, which you obviously hear in Domino, in the ever-great Rockin Pnemonia by Huey Piano Smith, and the too-oft forgotten Smiley Lewis, whose best were a song about getting hitched—I Hear those Bells a Ringin (not available)—and another about Caledonias Party. This tradition was continued and developed by Professor Longhair, who well hear here on the iconic Tipitina and one called Big Chief, and by Dr. John, so many to choose from on the you-tube, but I like this Swanee River Boogie. Although often not recorded with justice, I guess we should put Austin gal Marcia Ball in there also, here singin fine about the near-by town Mobile.
Hey, my knowledge here is limited, so anyone want to chime in with other suggestions, please do. More soon for the Cajun and Zydeco, and for the Brass Bands.
No, I will have nuthin to say about any New Orleans or Louisiana ROCK . . . tis a place strictly for Rollin it.