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 Da” – attests, Perkins could do a lot more than just cry in his beer. As a bass player with Bobby Page and the Riff-Raffs, Perkins and gang, which also featured sax players Jimmy “Scatman” Patin and Harry Simoneaux, recorded for Mira Smith’s Shreveport-based Ram label under various aliases. The stellar reissue of this material on the UK’s Ace label allows the modern-day listener to enjoy pounding rockers like “Red Beans & Rice,” “Hippy-Ti-Yo,” and “Drop Top” (the latter of which recently surfaced in the background of a Yoplait yogurt commercial), as well as swampy ballads like “Just Another Lie” and “That’s What the Mailman Had to Say,” which evoke Perkins'”You’re On My Mind.”

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Perkins retired from music in the 1970s until the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau dug him out of obscurity in 2001 for a Circle Bar musical showcase. The Ponderosa Stomp is pleased to announce this seminal rock ‘n’ roller’s return to the stage this year. See his full Stomp bio for more information on his fascinating career. And by the way: Bobby “Boogas” Page is still at it, singing and playing trombone with Bobby and the Rockers at south Louisiana venues like Pat’s Atchafalaya Club in Henderson.

Song of the Day: “A Million Tears Ago” by Eddie Powers with Earl Stanley of “Pass the Hatchet” fame

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZRsVLk_Rxg Earl Stanley is most noted today for his role in creating the 1965 proto-funk garage classic “Pass the Hatchet,” which he recorded with his band under the name Roger and the Gypsies. A local smash, that song went on to make waves again decades later in the soundtrack of Robert Rodriguez’s “Desperado” gangster film. … Continue reading Song of the Day: “A Million Tears Ago” by Eddie Powers with Earl Stanley of “Pass the Hatchet” fame

Song of the Day: “She Shot a Hole in My Soul” by Clifford Curry, with alternate takes by John Fred and the Box Tops

How did Knoxville singer Clifford Curry go from Smoky Mountain soul man to a shaman of “the shag,” revered by the Carolina Beach music scene? The credit goes to today’s “Song of the Day”: his pulsating 1967 Elf Records tour de force, “She Shot a Hole in My Soul,” which rose to #45 on the … Continue reading Song of the Day: “She Shot a Hole in My Soul” by Clifford Curry, with alternate takes by John Fred and the Box Tops

Song of the Day: “Life Is A Struggle” by Ronnie Barron, the original “Dr. John”

The “Song of the Day” features an unsung hero of New Orleans R&B, Ronnie Barron, performing Johnny Adams’ “Life Is a Struggle” in Los Angeles with a group including ex-Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli and the late Harry Ravain on drums. Mac Rebennack conceived of the “Dr. John” persona circa 1967 with the idea that his … Continue reading Song of the Day: “Life Is A Struggle” by Ronnie Barron, the original “Dr. John”