Okay folks, it’s a been a while, hell it’s been months. But worry not because not only do we have BIG things coming, but I’ve been doing some serious record collecting. So let’s get into it!
As you know Mother’s Day just passed, and boy do I have so much to be grateful for because of my Mom. However, today’s record comes not from her y’all, but from my Aunt Pat. She had stored away a box of records in her garage and my little cousin just happened to discover them on Sunday. 10 years they’ve been sitting in there! Well, my Aunt is one of the coolest women I’ve ever known, and without a second thought said, “Have em!” I mean we’re talking Beatles, Elton John, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Al Hirt, and today’s record choice – “Mister Naugahyde”himself, the Emperor of the Universe – Mr Ernie K Doe!!
Now you wanna learn some New Orleans music history, y’all? Read up about this man cause he’s about as good as it gets when it comes to New Orleans characters and entertainers. I’m serious too. LEARN ABOUT HIM. He was a a true New Orleans native with swagger that will never be matched y’all. From his singing to his time as a local DJ on WWOZ, he never failed to wow and stun listeners.
My Aunt Pat gifted me with his music this past weekend, and I’m still giddy that I own this record. So now I’m sharing it with you because damn it’s just so good when you can hold a piece of your hometown’s musical history in your hands and listen to it and share it with others.
Ernie K Doe (1936 – 2001)
“Mother In Law”
“Here Comes the Girls”
Love Your Mommas and Keep Listening.
Music is a universal language. This video is proof that the visual differences in humans are trivial and shallow. Underneath it all our similarities far outweigh our differences, the brass bands of the world are a perfect example.
When I watch this i can’t help but be reminded of the countless brass band shows I’ve seen in New Orleans. From the snare and bass drum setup and the lead trumpet solos, to the intricate backing parts and pure energy onstage, the 5,000 miles that separate New Orleans and The Balkan Peninsula seem to disappear.
When you look into the history of brass bands you start to better understand the parallels and what causes them. Both Balkan and New Orleans brass band spawn from a tradition of military style brass ensembles. In Southeastern Europe the military bands date back to the height of the Ottoman Empire. Players from the military bands would learn to play the folk music of their home lands on their brass instruments, thus spawning the music we know today a Balkan Brass.
A very similar thing happened in New Orleans when old instruments from military brass bands and Sousa style marching bands
found their way to Congo square
, mixing with the native sounds of Africa and the rhythms of New Orleans to create the brass bands we know and love today.
In other news…
Tonight and tonight only! The Dirty Bourbon River Show is back in Knoxville Tennessee at the palace of taps and pizza known as Barley’s!. Show starts at 10:00, come get some pizza before!
This Friday (11/11/11) it is all going to happen. And the Dirty Bourbon River Show will be there with you every step of the way. Here is how this spectacular and magnificent moment in history shall unfold:
11:11am The Dirty Bourbon River Show’s 4th studio album – the “Old-Timey AfroPop Jibberish Junction” – will be released to the world, free for all to download, right here: http://dbrs.bandcamp.com/album/the-old-timey-afropop-jibberish-junction
11:11pm The Dirty Bourbon River Show will kick off a 2 set show at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, LA. The show will be free, and as well as copies of the new album.
This is a completely free event for all to enjoy. Whether you live in New Orleans or somewhere else in the world, all you have to do is redeem your good time and tell a few people, help spread the word.
A free show and a free album for all.
Yeah, it gets pretty wild from here on out…
I mean, just look at that thing… what else can you say?