Monday, October 23, 2017

Final photos from our US trip

Here's the final batch of photos from the US trip, covering our journey to Jackson and Baton Rouge and back to New Orleans. Monday night in Jackson is made memorable by the Blue Monday blues jam at Hal and Mal's, where local blues artists show off their considerable skills. In the house when we were there, but not singing unfortunately, was the great Dorothy Moore and here's one of me with her.
Other singers included Pat Brown and Abdul Rasheed.
Here's one of me with another singer, Patricia Thomas.
After Jackson we headed to Natchez, where we were given a tour and talk about African American culture in the area at the African American Museum.
From there we headed to Baton Rouge where we sought out Slim Harpo's marker and grave a few miles out of town.
Here are Lee, Dave and Alan by the grave.
We took the opportunity of calling in at Teddy's Juke Joint in Zachary. Here's one of the group with Teddy Johnson and another of Alan and Teddy sharing a beer.
On our way back into town we came across Kenny Neal's Juke Joint, which we returned to in the evening for a brilliant night of blues.
A few shots from the evening: singer Sexy Red, Louis Toussaint with Samuel Hogan on bass, Tyree Neal, some of the dancers, and a lady who danced to her reflection in a big mirror.
On our return to New Orleans we did a bit of music sightseeing. Here's me outside the Mother In Law Lounge, now owned by Kermit Ruffins. We went inside a couple of days later and there are no mementos of Ernie K-Doe there now.
Here's the plaque commemorating Ernie K-Doe on a tomb in the St Louis No 2 Cemetery, which he shares with his wife Antoinette and Earl King. Cosy.
This is the famous Dewdrop Inn where many 50s and 60s greats played. There are rumours that it may be restored.
Fats Domino's house in the Ninth Ward. Not sure who lives there now.
And finally, here's one of Lee and Ronnie Cook with Little Freddie King and members of his band at Siberia.
Nick Cobban


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