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Blues-harmonica smackdown (strictly for grins): Chicago’s Billy Boy Arnold vs. Baton Rouge’s Lazy Lester

We’re thrilled that Chicago blues-harmonica god Billy Boy Arnold is returning to the Ponderosa Stomp this year for its 10th anniversary. And the Stomp, of course, is named after south Louisiana’s Lazy Lester of Excello fame. Both appeared at the inaugural Stomp and both are perennial performers at the annual blowout. We love ‘em both. But who’s your favorite? And which songs are you most looking forward to hearing them do at this year’s Stomp?

Ladies and gentlemen – strictly for grins – we present to you this blues-harmonica smackdown. In this corner of the Web (below), Billy Boy Arnold performs “I Wish You Would,” accompanied by fellow Stomp favorites Henry Gray on piano and Jody Williams on guitar:

And in this corner (below), Lazy Lester performs his “Sugar Coated Love” joined by guitarist Pee Wee Trahan and Stomp alumni Guitar Gable and Warren Storm on drums:

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)

How Jivin’ Gene squeezed swamp-pop gold from Huey Meaux’s toilet bowl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aratG24Qw58 Ponderosa Stomp fans know that the most magical sounds often emanate from the most primitive of conditions. Take, for instance, the flood of hits that flowed from the legendary 15-by-16-foot hole in the wall that comprised Cosimo Matassa’s original J&M recording studio on Rampart Street. The same with Eddie Shuler’s tiny Goldband studio, which … Continue reading How Jivin’ Gene squeezed swamp-pop gold from Huey Meaux’s toilet bowl

Smitten by swamp pop, superstar Lily Allen hires Stomp stalwarts Warren Storm and Lil’ Band o’ Gold for her wedding

Louisiana swamp-pop supergroup Lil’ Band o’ Gold, led by Ponderosa Stomp stalwarts Warren Storm and C.C. Adcock, has once again attracted the attention of an international superstar, this time English singer and fashion designer Lily Allen, who hired the band to play her wedding reception June 11. A fitting choice, given swamp pop’s fetishized focus … Continue reading Smitten by swamp pop, superstar Lily Allen hires Stomp stalwarts Warren Storm and Lil’ Band o’ Gold for her wedding

Rising Tides Threaten the Swamp (Pop): Great Flood of 2011 Takes Aim at Atchafalaya’s Teeming Musical Tapestry

There have been some unique communities in the Atchafalaya Swamp. While some of them were abandoned after the great flood of 1927, others are still alive, and a couple of communities are doing well at music entertainment business. As the great flood of 2011 looms, how many of these fragile but surviving music epicenters will be wiped out?