The other day an old friend of mine reminded me of another old friend of mine – Leon Redbone. I love the way the brain reacts to the rediscovery of old, cherished music. Hands down one of the best, personable, and interesting interpreters of American folk music, Leon Redbone showed from Cyprus in the ’70’s, and has since built a steady cult following for his comedic, skillful mastery of guitar and voice.
Now about as old as my pappy, Leon Redbone is still slingin’ strong – raspy, full of kick – yessir, hmm, have a bourbon, have a chuckle, and check out his wonderful version of “Shine On, Harvest Moon”:
It begins this Friday Night – city starts filling up, some of the best shows in the world… Tonight, on the grounds – P-funk, Dr. John, the regulars – plus a few new young additions – Revivalists will be making their Jazz Fest Debut at 11:20 am on the Gentilly Stage, followed by Glasgow’s Alexis Marceaux and her band on the Lagnipipe stage at 12:35pm – then it just gets wild after that…
Then, tonight, I’ll be heading over to the Howlin’ Wolf, where I’ll be working the floor & door for the Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings/Dumpstafunk show (last fest Dave Matthews couldn’t stop ranting about Dumpstafunk, if you haven’t yet, check ’em here). And if that’s not enough, Caddywhompus will be releasing their new LP at the Mother-in-Law Lounge. Then tomorrow, the legendary Rakim will be playing with Rebirth at Howlin’ Wolf. The good music never stops in this city. Bring it.
Just some thoughts as this spectacular & magnificent Friday approaches – excited as all hell for New Grass Country Club’s new album “Join the Club” – I recorded it myself late last October, and let me tell you, it sounds damn good – and now soon, you all can hear it too… I know, if you like any kind of folk, blues, bluegrass, or roots music, if you give this record a good listen, you will fall in love with it like I have. I really like the boys in New Grass, they’re a great band, and I hope you all come out and share the experience this Friday. More show preview goodies to come as the date nears. Stay alert. Word.