Monday, February 22, 2010

Remembering Snooks Eaglin

c/o Burning Wood's Sal Nunziato

If there was anyone who embodied the spirit, love, and warmth of New Orleans, it was Snooks.

I have many memories of Snooks Eaglin, dating back to the very first time I set foot in the great city of New Orleans, as well as some great NYC memories, too. Snooks played here a lot, but I was told that after 9/11, he was afraid to fly. Normally, I'd give an earful to someone with that mentality, but coming from Snooks, I found it endearing. I think I would have just said, "I know, man. I know." He had done enough.

Barring some miracle, it doesn't look like I'm getting to New Orleans for this year's Jazz Fest. First time I'm missing it in 10 years. I guess I'll just have to listen to some Snooks and miss them both.

Here's a quick mix of some of my favorite Snooks Eaglin tunes. The mix opens with a (very short) story from Herman Ernst and then a live version of "Josephine" from a WWOZ tribute to Snooks from last March, with Ernst, David Torkanowsky, and George Porter Jr. The rest is all Snooks.

1. Snooks Story
2. Josephine
3. Profidia
4. By The Water
5. My Love Is Strong
6. (Mama) Talk To Your Daughter
7. Would You
8. I Get The Blues When It Rains
9. Red Beans
10. Young Boy Blues
11. Guess Who
12. Tomorrow Night

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