The Year Before The Flood: The Ponderosa Stomp

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It was actually Jay “Big Daddy” Thomas, formerly of the Pendletons and Dr. A’ Go-Go, on organ. Quintron only stepped in for “You Got It.”

  2. Egypt Urnash says:

    It’s something of a cliché that the past is always present in New Orleans. I used to think that was an overly romantic notion, even as I could feel its truth.

    Growing up in New Orleans, I felt that too. I used to say that the problem I had with New Orleans was that it’s a city with too much past and no future. I ended up moving to Los Angeles, which is very much the opposite – LA discards its past as fast as it can, moving headlong into the future.

    Since living there for a decade, and living in Boston for four years, my perception of New Orleans’ weight of history has changed. I don’t think it’s as bad as I did when I was growing up and wanting to move out. Maybe “cyclic” time is the right way to look at it; maybe I would have enjoyed that slowly turning wheel if I’d been more willing to participate in all the festivals…

  3. Bat Guano says:

    We went to our first Stomp this year. It was a religious experience. Dale Hawkins was a vision of a senior citizen who’d gone through cancer (mentioned something about a couple of chemo sessions), but was undergoing a “Cocoon”-like experience on the inside as he played. Saw James Blood Ulmer take blues into downtown NYC funkfreakout territory. Saw Wanda Jackson, looking like a church lady but singing like the hottsy tottsy she used to be. And a dozen people I didn’t expect, who I didn’t know, just blowing me away.

    It was at the House of Blues, which is cheezier than the Rock ‘n’ Bowl, but no smoking inside and lots of bathrooms make up for the faux-outsider/southern art littering the place.

    We’re hooked. Were planning on going back this spring, but now — DAMMIT!? We have to wait until FALL??!!?

  4. omnivore says:

    Hey Ned

    not directly apropos of this post, but really just taking the chance to let you know that I’ll be buying the new book.

    Your book on Cuba really did change my life: your handling of that history was revelatory to me, and I strongly advise any Boing Boingers who haven’t read it to do so. It’s an amazing work, and contains a thousand things that inflect a million things I think about every day. Are you going to write that post-Batista book, or does Fidel have to die first?

    The stuff in that book got me wired up to learn a lot more about not only Cuban music, but the whole african diaspora in the Americas. My interests are split between Cuban music, and Brazilian, which takes the lead for me these days, including many weeks spent down there, and plans to go more. I credit the Cuba book with giving me the push at age 48 to start learning Portuguese (I’m now reasonable fluent, and after my first trip to Santiago de Cuba for the Trova Festival there last year, I’m starting to work on my Spanish). Partly because of its influence, my philosophy-studying partner is now the manager/booker of a Latin and Cuban club here in Toronto, and has been actively involved with among other things creating an African Salsa group here from among players we know in the Cuban, Latin American and African communities here — we’d totally love to have you on our stage to play, read or talk by the way. If you’re doing a book tour and head to Toronto, look us up.

    So — thanks. The posts here have been great. I’m really looking forward to the book.

    Dan Donaldson

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