Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bonnie Raitt - Countdown to Jazzfest

Good stuff sure 'nuff...

Warren Haynes & Friends - The River's Gonna Rise

My contribution this Sunday morn...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ben Labat - The Spin

More perfection on a Saturday afternoon, this one from the Bayou over South of here...

Blindside Blues Band - Truth Never Lies

Perfect tune for a Saturday afternoon...

Derek Trucks Band - Down In The Flood

Drove by the 17th Street Breach yesterday - And with all of the politics as of late, I got the distinct feeling of the more things change, the more they stay the same...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Los Lonely Boys - Cottonfields & Crossroads

This one is well worth the price of admission. And, Jb learned a long time ago - Best Not Mess With Texas...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Neil Young - Countdown to Jazzfest

"The drummer relaxes and waits between shows for his cinnamon girl." Can you dig it?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Train - Drops of Jupiter

Special request for Bella from Alexis. Man, Jb is some proud...

Louisiana Music Factory, NOLA

Never know what you might just find...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Theresa Andersson - Her Story

Is one well worth sharing...

Andrew Duhon - I Miss My Home

On this Friday night...

Hiatt & Landreth - Riding with the King

Repeat performance by special request. Bon soir mon ami.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Kara Grainger - Monday Night Jam Session

A little Fire on the Bayou to take us home...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sonny Landreth - Uberesso

Yet another incredible performance including an introduction by one Mr. Eric Clapton. Check out Sonny's innovative technique on this 90 mph instrumental.

Marc Broussard - Come In From The Cold

Seeing the twin GNO Mississippi River bridges at the start of this video reminded me that my Dad was a rodbuster in the '60s and like many, trying his best to make ends meet. He busted rods on the first of the two bridges. One morning there was snow on the bridge in the Big Easy of all places. The foreman announced to the crew that anyone who wanted to work could and anyone who wanted to take the day off could without repercussion. It was colder than usual and understood that it just might be a touch more dangerous than usual on this given day. Most of the crew packed it in and sought warmth either back home or at the nearest 24/7 bar.

My Dad and two others had too many mouths to feed so up they went. The foreman waited for the last man on the ground to leave and then signaled up to the three to come right back down. Take the fear of getting fired by the boss and multiply it by a dozen and you have the construction industry. And you have just what was going through each worker's mind. They figured that they had just been nailed on a safety violation and were about to get sent back to the Hall where far too many men sat without work.

Instead the foreman announced that he had just enough indoor work back at the Yard for three men that day. Life is full of fear, small victories and more importantly, our heroes.

(Yours truly, like his Dad, spent some time busting rods on a GNO Mississippi River bridge, the "new" one, some twenty-odd years later. Paid for my college education. Never snowed though.)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Robben Ford & the Blue Line - Talk to Your Daughter

When I grow up, I want to play bass just like Mr. Roscoe Beck who lays it down and then some to help nail this J.B. Lenoir classic. Have Mercy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rory Gallagher - Calling Card

One for my brother Wil who turned me on to Rory way back in the day. When asked how it feels to be the world's greatest guitarist, Jimi replied "Go ask Rory Gallagher."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pat Travers - Boom Boom

Mess with PK7 and out go the lights...

Down - Stone The Crow

Something HEAVY from the Bayou for "Matt Attack." This powerful performance from 1995 was filmed in Des Allemands, La., thirty minutes southwest of the Big Easy. Robert Duvall shot his movie, The Apostle, in the same area just two years later. WARNING: This Video is Addictive.

Monday, April 4, 2011

BP - Ready To Resume One Year Later

Sunset on Louisianne by Zachary Richard to help "Remember the Eleven." Let's hope and pray for everyone and everything that all involved are ready this time around.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blues In Black & White - Bonus Tracks 11, 12

Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City by Bobby Blue Bland and Whitesnake. Unfortunately the Whitesnake video is abbreviated but it is from before the lead singer went glitz and glam with his band. Wonder if he had to do it all over again...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tom Hollister Trio - Hold You Down

Can only hope TH3 gets Stateside belong long...

Tab Benoit - Who's Been Talkin'

'94 was a very good year...

Grace Potter - Treat Me Right

You can count on it, no questions asked...

Mark Knopfler & Sonny Landreth - Just Because...

In the whole round world, it's one of Jb's favorite performances. Said those very "hurricane" prayers as a little boy more than once.

Long before Katrina, "Betsy" in '65 was a bad one for us. I was a little snapper then but I remember when word went out at first light that Aunt Lily's house was damaged by the neighbor's big tree, it was all men on deck. Men (some I recognized, some I didn't) from miles around came in to lend a hand. More men than necessary but not one left. I pleaded with my Mom to let me bring water to the workers. Surely they would soon be thirsty. I just had to join in and help even if certain siblings mistakenly thought I just wanted to slosh in the water still in the yard.

Thick ropes criss-crossed that once majestic old tree as multiple chain saws screamed. Once cleared, the ladders went up and the carpenters took over, then the roofers... Not a wasted motion, it was over before I knew it. I waved as the last truck left. One worker sitting on top of what was left of the tree in the trailer waved back. Believe that it was my older cousin, Paul. You know, Aunt Georgette's boy. He could have blown me off but he didn't. He waved back.

My father who had volunteered to stay the night at his place of employment finally got word back through that his crew had finished their work and was headed over. No need. The neighbor (who wasn't from our town) came over to express her many thanks but whispered to my Mom who was washing the dirt off my face that she did not know how she was going to pay for the damages and for the workers. Relax, for the storm had passed, have some more coffee. No need whatsoever.

Here's to another time and another place.

Anders Osborne & Tab Benoit - Louisiana Rain

Alexis called her Grandfather this morning to share her school report card results. He always sends the kids a little something in the mail. This time he said that he would have to go to the bank, their grades were that good. He always looks to make something special no matter what.

Two things I hope my kids come to realize before long in life - it's the little things and time is short... One for the folks back home.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Brian May - Since You've Been Gone

One to get the weekend started right thanks to PK7 and SK7.