Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Intriguing line-up at the Stomp

A more extensive line-up has been announced for this year's Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans this September and I have to say it's an intriguing list. There are quite a few artists about whom I know nothing, as well as some familiar names.
The line-up includes a couple of the grandees of New Orleans R & B - Allen Toussaint and Dave Bartholomew. There's a tribute to Stax with William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and The Bo-Keys featuring Skip Pitts & Howard Grimes. There's also blues from Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Lazy Lester (as ever), James Johnson and Rudy Richard from Slim Harpo's King Bees, Little Freddy King and Billy Boy Arnold. There's also Big Jay McNeely, The Relatives, Lady Bo, Arch Hall Jr, Carol Fran and Lavelle White. There are some fairly familiar names such as Jivin' Gene, Warren Storm, Classie Ballou, Michael Hurtt and his Haunted Hearts, Lil Buck and his Top Cats featuring Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural, C P Love, Joe Clay, Robert Parker and Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics. But I know little about Little Leo, Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, Clayton Sampy, Bobby Allen, Johnny Legend, G .G. Shinn, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, Earl Stanley, Gerri Hall and Creole Zydeco Farmers featuring Jockey Etienne.

As it happens I find that I have a single by Bobby Allen and the Exceptions, recorded on the Soul Sound label in Crowley, Louisiana, which apparently is highly collectable. But there are quite a few obscure names, as usual, included in the Stomp line-up. These sound interesting, to say the least, and and I am looking forward to my trip.


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