Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dr. John nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors

New Orleans music icon Dr. John is one of 15 nominees for the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday.

The Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for induction, with plans to reveal those selected as inductees in December, with a ceremony slated for March in New York City.

To be eligible for the hall, an act must have released its first batch of music at least 25 years ago.

Dr. John, whose real name is Mac Rebennack, is a multiple Grammy award winner, whose brand of New Orleans funk and rhythm and blues has earned him a following worldwide.

Just this past week, the New Orleans recording studio, Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studios, where Rebennack recorded many of his early hits as a backup and solo performer, was named a Rock and Roll landmark by the Hall of Fame.

If Rebennack is inducted into the Hall of Fame, he will join a who’s who of New Orleanians who have been previously inducted: Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, Earl Palmer, Dave Bartholomew, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair and Jelly Roll Morton.

Other nominees for 2011 honors include Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Donna Summer. Some of this year’s other nominees have been up for the honor before, including Summer, Darlene Love, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.

Monday, September 27, 2010

In Pictures: Wild Magnolias @ BB King's

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Wild Magnolias w/Davell Crawford - BB King's, NYC 9/26/10

Davell Crawford & Benny Turner - BB King's, NYC 9/26/10

Wild Magnolias - BB King's, NYC 9/26/10

Wild Magnolias - BB King's, NYC 9/26/10

Wild Magnolias w/Tami Lynn - BB King's, NYC 9/26/10

Jamal Batiste - BB King's, NYC 9/26/10

In Pictures: Stanton Moore Trio feat. Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl

photos by Michael Jurick

Friday, September 24, 2010

Win Tickets: Terence Blanchard & Branford Marsalis @ Rose

Enter to win tickets to see Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis on Saturday, October 2nd at Rose Theater!

Two of New Orleans’ finest native sons, Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis will lead their own hard-driving jazz ensembles, each offering a distinct perspective on contemporary jazz styles and forms.

October 1-2, 8pm, Rose Theater
Tickets at, CenterCharge 212-721-6500, or
Box Office at Broadway and 60th Street

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Perform "Suburbia" on Jimmy Kimmel

In Pictures: Stanton Moore Trio feat. Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Anders Osborne - Brooklyn Bowl, NYC 9/23/10

Stanton Moore - Brooklyn Bowl, NYC 9/23/10

Anders Osborne & Stanton Moore - Brooklyn Bowl, NYC 9/23/10

Will Bernard - Brooklyn Bowl, NYC 9/23/10

Stanton Moore - Brooklyn Bowl, NYC 9/23/10

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Upcoming: Stanton Moore Trio feat. Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl

Thu, September 23, 2010
Show: 8:30 PM

A New Orleans musician in every sense of the word, drummer Stanton Moore's main gig is with his enormously popular funk band Galactic but he also plays with a wide variety of other musicians in both club and studio settings.

Growing up in New Orleans, Moore was attracted to the thriving music scene, where he absorbed the work of Professor Longhair, Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, and his mentor, Johnny Vidacovich. After meeting founding Galactic members Robert Mercurio and Rich Vogel in the early '90s, Moore played in a series of early versions of the group, including Galactic Prophylactic and the Ivanhoes (in which the band learned a good portion of the catalog of the legendary Meters, New Orleans' founding funk band).

In 1994, producer Dan Prothero featured the band's song "Black Eyed Pea" on his Is That Jazz compilation. The band soon recorded Coolin' Off (1996) for Fog City Records, joined in the studio (and, eventually, on the road) by vocalist Theryl Declouet. Through constant touring, Moore met and collaborated with many established funk and jazz musicians, including Medeski, Martin & Wood keyboardist John Medeski, Karl Denson, and even the Meters' bassist George Porter, Jr.

Two musicians that Moore hit it off with in particular were eight-string guitarist and TJ Kirk founder Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik. With this core, the band played a handful of live dates and, in the weeks after Mardi Gras 1998, cut what would become {Moore}'s first solo disc, All Kooked Out. The disc also featured a handful of New Orleans horn players, including Brent Rose, Brian Seeger, Matt Perrine, Ben Ellman, and former Sun Ra trumpet player Michael Ray.

Following the recording of Crazyhorse Mongoose with Galactic, crammed in between Galactic tours, Moore traveled with Hunter and Skerik, playing incendiary live shows throughout the west. Many of Moore's songs are included in Galactic's setlist. He has often played around New Orleans with a revolving cast of musicians, billed as Moore and More. He has also been a member of the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars.

Upcoming NolaJazz: Terence Blanchard & Branford Marsalis @ Rose Theater

Terence Blanchard/Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis

Terence Blanchard/Branford Marsalis
New Orleans all-stars kick off the Jazz Jam series

October 1-2, 8pm
Rose Theater

Two of New Orleans' finest: they both left the cradle of jazz, matriculated into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and then helped show the world that the Big Easy is not only the cradle of jazz itself but the nexus of a vibrant scene of modern music. Leading their own groups, these two very different yet complementary composer-instrumentalists offer their own individual styles of contemporary jazz, which are as hard-hitting and melodic as they are unique.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NPR: "Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero"

Anders Osborne

Anders Osborne's music may get filed under blues or possibly rock, but the New Orleans-based guitarist has an astonishing range; he seems equally at home as an acoustic singer-songwriter and in guitar-hero mode. Osborne's ferocious electric solos have earned him a following on the jam-band scene, but his last record — the unplugged and breezy Coming Down — featured a sousaphone rather than bass guitar. In fact, his love of Louisiana's traditions prompted him to make a record (Bury the Hatchet) with the Mardi Gras Indian "Big Chief," Monk Boudreaux.

For a performer who gives of himself so thoroughly, both on stage and in the studio, Osborne is somewhat reserved in person, not eager to talk about his recent (successful) stint in rehab. He's also reluctant to volunteer the stories behind his songs of redemption and heartbreak, but clearly, he's a man with many stories to tell and all the talent it takes to tell them in the genre of his choosing.

Osborne's latest record, American Patchwork, covers plenty of musical territory. But it remains cohesive, tied together with skillful songwriting and expressive, pitch-perfect vocals — and that comes through in this session.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

50% Off Bo Dollis & Wild Magnolias @ BB King's

Bo Dollis' & the Wild Magnolias Celebrate the Traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians

B.B. King Blues Club (New York City, NY)

Discount Price: $12.50

Bo Dollis' name is virtually synonymous with the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian Tribe. Bo has been a legend almost from the beginning, because he could improvise well and sing with a voice as sweet as Sam Cooke, but rough and streetwise, with an edge that comes from barroom jam sessions and leading hundreds of second-lining dancers through the streets at Carnival time.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happening: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong @ Dizzy's Club

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong
Victor Goinesw/Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon, Aaron Diehl, James Andrews, Herman Burney & Marion Felder

Tue-Sun, Sep 7-12
7:30pm & 9:30pm
plus 11:30pm on Fri & Sat

In the second round of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival, saxophonist Victor Goines and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon - both in their 40s - join musical forces with drummer Marion Felder and pianist Aaron Diehl - both in their 20s, to celebrate the musical inventiveness and dexterity of the great "Satchmo." They are joined by James Andrews on trumpet and Herman Burney on bass.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Time Magazine: Trombone Shorty Feature

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
is featured in a profile on The piece includes an interview with Troy about his background and clips from his show supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead in New York City. Troy accommodates the Time reporter’s request for a trombone lesson in “New Orleans Brass playing” to close out the piece.

In Pictures: Radiators @ Brooklyn Bowl

Photos courtesy of Michael Jurick |

NPR: "Dr. John And The Lower 911 - An Unbroken 'Heart'

Dr. John

The organ lays down a slow and sanctified groove, as if a hymn is about to begin, but then a driving drummer speeds up the pace. The organ sings out and a percussive, bluesy piano elbows in. Dr. John is messing with our minds, sliding from church to boudoir as his charmingly grizzled voice describes how his lover has had a "Change of Heart."

With his 70th birthday coming up in November, the New Orleans singer and pianist functions as the outspoken eminence grise for his battered city. His lively new album Tribal trots out jazzy, jive-y riffs and political statements about America's problems. Yet Dr. John (a.k.a. Mr. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.) sounds his most relaxed on old-school love songs like "Change of Heart," a self-written exemplar of classic rhythm and blues with a jaunty New Orleans twist. The storyline is old-school, too: The woman he adores has stepped out with another man. He doesn't know what to do, except go out and find someone new himself.

The song ends on a mournful note — "She really hoit me so" are its last words — but "Change of Heart" isn't a downer thanks to the power of Dr. John's spirit. Musically and lyrically, he's made it clear that his broken-hearted narrator is moving on. Maybe that's a political statement in and of itself.

Burning Wood: James Booker...My God... James Booker!

I wish I had more info on the origin of this video. But it doesn't matter. Whether you know Booker or not, you need to close your eyes and just let him take over. I think you'll recognize the song.

The quality of this video is poor, but I beg you to watch. You will feel honored you were part of it. To see and hear James Booker in any capacity is precious.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Houndblog: Earl King

A Young Earl King doing his best Guitar Slim impersonation.

Some early Ace 45's, nice to look at.

Earl King's debut, with Huey Smith and Lee Allen in support.

It's hard to keep suits pressed on the road.

Earl King with a bad case of blues guitar face.

Nearly a hit, and an out of tune classic.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Listen: The Congo Square Project Project – Sacred Ground Vol 1 & 2

The Congo Square Project is a volunteer organization dedicated to help New Orleans musicians in need via 6 albums/CD’s that trace the origin and development of the music that was brewed in the heart of the Crescent City. Some of the greatest talents in the world have donated their time and efforts to contribute and support the cradle of modern music. Threadhead Records is proud to help Mr. Fabian Jolivet get this music out to the world. Proceeds from the 4 recordings will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the Congo Square Drummers Foundation, The Reverend Lois Dejean’s Youth Assistance Foundation and the Mardi Gras Indians Foundation.

The Congo Square Project contains a wealth of music. Starting in July 2010, and for each of 3-5 months thereafter, this website will release one CD per month from The Congo Square Project for download.

Download: "Nobody Knows Nothin'" (Proceeds Benefit GulfAid​.​org)

Nobody Knows Nothin' (Proceeds Benefit Cover Art

Featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Clint Maedgen and Threadhead Records artists John Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, Craig Klein, and Margie Perez

Written by: John Boutté, Bill Lynn and Paul Sanchez
Produced by: Ben Jaffe, Bill Lynn and Paul Sanchez

New Orleans, LA (July 8, 2010) – Coming off their successful collaboration with Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz that resulted in the popular Ain’t My Fault recording and video benefiting Gulf Aid, (, Ben Jaffe, leader of the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Bill Lynn, professional fundraiser and master auctioneer, have teamed with singer/songwriters John Boutté and Paul Sanchez to write and produce another fundraising project through Threadhead Records called Nobody Knows Nothin’, also benefiting the organization Gulf Aid (

Along with a plethora of New Orleans talent including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Susan Cowsill, Craig Klein (Bonerama/New Orleans Nightcrawlers), Margie Perez (Ensemble Fatien), Gregory Menoher, and Mark McGrain, Jaffe, Lynn, Boutté and Sanchez gathered at the iconic Preservation Hall to record this musical response to the Gulf oil disaster. With Boutté (who is currently enjoying success from his wildly popular theme song from HBO’s Treme) handling the lead vocals, the song puts to music the frustration and despair surrounding the worst ecological disaster the country has known.

Says Bill Lynn, co-writer and co-producer of this effort:

"John, Paul, and I, all good neighborhood buddies, we’re hanging out watchin’ the news and “disaster talking” which we have all unfortunately mastered over the last almost 5 years. We know from experience that this talk leaves one angry, depressed, frozen, and confused and with an unhealthy dose of despair. It’s a peculiar thing, disaster talking. Once started, it almost takes on a hurricane like energy of its’ own. The conversation whirls about as everyone gushes and oozes out their emotions spinning wild projections of anger and the fear of the unknown. The three of us (and thousands of others) have all recently been there and done that almost (and in some cases) to death. Fortunately this time around we transferred this weird energy into a couple of I phone recording sessions. We played them for another good neighbor, Ben Jaffe. When asked if we could record this at Preservation Hall he immediately responded, “Only if I could play tuba!” Armed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the sweet harmonies of the Rolling Threadhead Review, this is the result of our collective thoughts."

"To claim I am void of anger would be a bald face lie. However, this time around we have skipped the depressed, hopeless, frozen and confused part and have substituted it with the rock solid spirit and love that brought us back from the brink of Katrina’s almost total devastation. While there may be a whole bunch of people that proclaim or really don’t know nothing, without a doubt we do know our ability to not only survive but to thrive as well comes directly from the heart of the peo ple who love this place so very, very much."

To purchase the digital download of the song, and to help with the oil cleanup efforts, go to The song will also be available soon on iTunes.

About Gulf Aid: Gulf Aid ( is a 501(c3) nonprofit corporation established in response to the biggest oil spill in US history just 50 miles off of the Louisiana Coast.

About Threadhead Records: Formed in 2007, Threadhead Records (THR) is an unprecedented fan-funded and volunteer-run record company formed out of the love for New Orleans and its music, and its musicians. Our mission is to help New Orleans musicians affected by the flooding that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many of whom are still rebuilding today, and to expose the world to the amazing music that is being created in New Orleans.