Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Stomping 2010 - 3

Day five and we left Lafayette to drive to New Orleans via Houma, where I picked up some more vinyl in a flea market. In the evening went to the new Rock 'n' Bowl where Dave Alvin was playing with the Guilty Women (singer Christy McWilson, slide guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, bass player Sarah Brown and drummer Lisa Punkratz). Dave was great, particularly on self-penned numbers like Central Avenue and Back to the Ash Grove, as was the band, although I found the folksy offerings of Christy McWilson less interesting.
Next day we saw legendary bluesman Bobby Rush up close as he played solo in the Louisiana Music Factory. He looks great for his 77 years and is still as rude, and non-PC, as ever but in great voice. Straight from there to the Mother in Law Lounge, which was opened specially for the visit by the UK contingent. Ernie K-Doe is gone and his widow Antoinette died last year, but daughter Betty has kept the place going, still full of over the top tributes to the great man. Local Woodie Armand played some New Orleans R and B on keyboard and two of Ernie's old side men, Ernest and Edwin Meyer, joined in. In the evening made our way to the Peaches record store, where Tower Records used to be, where Jay Chevalier played a short set for the UK visitors.


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