Ponderosa Stomp 10 years on
Now that memories of my West Coast US trip are fading, thoughts are turning to my next American trip in the autumn when the high point will be the 12th Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans. The Stomp showcases roots musicians from the fields of rock and roll, soul, swamp pop and blues and organiser Dr Ike manages to find many of the almost forgotten names of the fifties and sixties, some of whom haven't performed very much in many years, as well as some of the great names from the era. This year's line up includes soul singers such as Mable John, Irma Thomas, Brenda Holloway, Barbara Lynn and Willie Hightower. Rock and roll is represented by Freddie Cannon with Los Straitjackets, Roy Head and Al Hendrix, swamp pop by the likes of Rod Bernard, Warren Storm, Tommy McClain and Gene Terry, with the Mama Mama Mamas, a spin off from the Lil Band of Gold, with C C Adcock, Steve Riley and Dickie Landry, and blues by Billy Boy Arnold. Then there are the rarities and obscurities, including songwriter P F Sloan, Jimmy 'Pistol' Jules, original members of Sunny and the Sunliners and several artists about whom I know nothing. It's a mouth watering line up and I can't wait. http://www.ponderosastomp.com/
The first Stomp I went to, along with several other Woodies, was number 4 in 2005, which was held at the old Rock 'n' Bowl. Acts performed in both the upstairs and downstairs rooms so the two evenings were spent running from one to the other. It was a bit chaotic and impossible to see everyone and the second night ran over time badly, but it was a fabulous event, sandwiched as it was between the two weekends of Jazzfest, and I've tried to get to as many of the others as possible. This year's is the first for two years and it's been a long wait!
Here are some photos from the 2005 Ponderosa Stomp, many of which I haven't put on line before. First we have Link Wray, making one of his last appearances before his death later that year. Man, he was loud! And menacing. But exciting.