Song of the Day: “Java” by Allen Toussaint versus Al “Jumbo” Hirt. Which music titan wins this heavyweight bout?

In a preview of this year’s Ponderosa Stomp, ringmaster Dr. Ike revealed on WWOZ-FM radio last night that that living embodiment of New Orleans music, Allen Toussaint, would be reprising some of the tunes from his first solo album, named “The Wild Sound of New Orleans” by “Al Tousan,” recorded in two days in February 1958. The all-instrumental album featured the song “Java,” with which New Orleans trumpet giant Al “Jumbo” Hirt made national waves. The only thing missing from Toussaint’s Stomp performance will be the cream-of-the-crop Cosimo studio players that graced his record, such as saxophonists Alvin “Red” Tyler and Nat Perrilliat, trumpeter Melvin Lastie, guitarists Justin Adams and Roy Montrell, and drummer Charles “Hungry” Williams, to name just a few.

And here’s Hirt performing “Java” on the “Ed Sullivan Show”:

Song of the Day: “Seven Letters” by Warren Storm (live version with Lil’ Band o’ Gold + original solo cut)

Today’s Song of the Day is the musical epic that inspired young Cajun-rock revivalists Steve Riley and C.C. Adcock to form the supergroup Lil’ Band o’ Gold in the late 1990s. As regular attendees of swamp-pop elder statesman Warren Storm’s Lafayette lounge performances, the duo was captivated by the singer’s powerhouse interpretation of one song … Continue reading Song of the Day: “Seven Letters” by Warren Storm (live version with Lil’ Band o’ Gold + original solo cut)

The night Hunter S. Thompson met Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts at the Circle Bar in New Orleans

If you’ve ever wondered about one of the key backing bands who keep the music rolling during those marathon Ponderosa Stomp shows, here is all you need to know about Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts: In those halcyon pre-Katrina New Orleans nights of early 2005, a mysterious stranger and his comely companion stepped into … Continue reading The night Hunter S. Thompson met Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts at the Circle Bar in New Orleans

Song of the Day: “Stop These Teardrops” by Texas blues diva Lavelle White, recording for Don Robey’s Duke label

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSsiaCdqlAg Move over, New York and the ladies of “She’s Got the Power!” Because a true daughter of Dixie, Lavelle White, who can be claimed to varying degrees by Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi (not to mention Chicago), is bringing her singular mix of blues, R&B, gospel, and funk to the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp. Schooled in … Continue reading Song of the Day: “Stop These Teardrops” by Texas blues diva Lavelle White, recording for Don Robey’s Duke label

Song of the Day: “Ba Da” by Bobby Page and the Riff-Raffs featuring Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins

Swamp-pop pioneer Ernie Suarez, otherwise known as Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, makes a triumphant return to the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp after several years’ absence. No doubt he won’t get away without rendering his Meladee-label tear-jerking dirge, “You’re on My Mind,” one of the earliest swamp-pop records. But as today’s Song of the Day – “Ba … Continue reading Song of the Day: “Ba Da” by Bobby Page and the Riff-Raffs featuring Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins