Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stomping again

Not long now until my second US road trip of the year (starting October 1st), this time taking in the return of the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. What a feast of good music is in store! Let's hope we don't get escorted out of a hotel at gunpoint this time!
The Stomp features an intriguing mixture of soul, rock and roll and garage acts, quite a few of which are entirely new to me. I've seen some of them before over the years, including Swamp Dogg, the Sonics, Chris Montez (in the early sixties), Chris Clark (on a Motown show a few years ago), Maxine Brown, Lynn August, Spencer Wiggins, James Alexander and Charlie Gracie (pictured below at the RNA Club in Plaistow in 1992, with D J Fontana on drums), and all of these should be excellent. But I've never seen the Standells, Baby Washington, the Sloths or Charles Brimmer and I know next to nothing about some of the other acts (Bobby Crown, Ty Wagner, Gaunga Dins, Eddie Daniels, Boogaloo, Richard Caiton and Sonny Green). If past Stomps are anything to go by it should be brilliant. Also looking forward to the Music Conference, where many of the acts will be interviewed, and to Hip Drop VI, where several DJs will be spinning their favourite tracks, including Pierre Baroni from Melbourne, who I first met in New Orleans several years ago.
After the Big Easy we will be driving north to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where we will be staying and taking in the King Biscuit Festival just across the Arkansas border in Helena. This is another excellent line up with several blues acts completely new to me, but several others who I'm looking forward to seeing again, including Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, Marcia Ball, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Travis Wammack, Sonny Landreth, Anson Funderburgh, James Cotton, Joe Louis Walker (pictured at the Shepherds Bush Empire in 1997 when he appeared with Ike Turner) and Bobby Rush (pictured at Porretta earlier this year).


At 7:40 pm , Anonymous John S said...

Eddie Daniels - genius! Absolutely would love to see him. I heard 'I Wanna Know' when I was a kid and was blown away. Didn't hear it again until I bought the Ebb 45 bout 5 years ago. Certain records diminish due to years passing and anticipation - but, man, this still sounded great. If you get me his autograph there would be several pints as grateful thanks!!!!!!!

At 7:56 pm , Blogger john marriott said...

Not sure whether Dave T mentioned it, Nick but I'm going this year. Won't be there till around 9pm Thursday but fancy the all nighter record hop and everything after that including one of my heroes Boogaloo. Got to leave probably around 12midnight on Sat to get to near the airport where I'm staying thye night. I'm working in the USA and PR after that so it was incredibly lucky I could tie in the Stomp. Looking forward to seeing you all again and I'll privately email you later nearer the time but just saw your blog entry and thought I'd write.

At 8:16 pm , Blogger Nick said...

Should be a good one again and I'm glad you're able to fit it into your schedule. Boogaloo will be one of the highlights I think, but there are several!


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