unknown new orleans songs

Squirrel Nut Zippers-Ghost of Stephen Foster

Happy Monday everybody!
Remember these guys? Despite fading from the mainstream, Squirrel Nut Zippers will always have a place in my heart. 1998’s “Perennial Favorites” features this excellent track, accompanied here by this top-notch video.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Unknown Songs on November 8th, 2010 by eddielehwald –

Little Feat-Rock ‘n Roll Doctor

If you were one of those lucky few in Atlantic City for Phish this past weekend, you got to hear Little Feat’s ‘Waiting For Columbus’-one of my all-time favorite albums-performed by one of my favorite bands. Alas, I wasn’t there (I had a ticket but the aforementioned move to Texas prevented me from attending). I sold my ticket, and I like to think that even though I missed the show, maybe whoever took my place was more deserving.
After all, I already know and love Little Feat, but maybe the person who took my ticket didn’t. And maybe, just maybe, they loved it. And maybe they went out when they got back from the show and they bought their own copy of “Waiting For Columbus”, and they sat at home and soaked in the laid-back, swampy funky soulful slinky groove that is Little Feat. Maybe they found that Lowell George wasn’t just singing to anyone, he was singing RIGHT TO THEM. Maybe they felt they had discovered something amazing, something they couldn’t believe they’d lived without for so long, something that filled every little empty musical niche in their lives, and they went out and bought even more Little Feat albums, and soon they’ll have so many that they lend them to their friends, and the process starts all over, and before you know it, everyone in America is finally listening to Little Feat.

Wouldn’t that be great?

Here’s Rock ‘n Roll Doctor, a very deceptive song in that it grooves and is very danceable, but upon closer inspection is very rhythmically dense, changing time signatures almost every measure and never ever settling on a consistent meter. It’s part of Little Feat’s genius that they make something so very very difficult sound so easy and smooth.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music on November 4th, 2010 by eddielehwald –

Dr. John – Iko Iko

In honor of the New Orleans Jazz Festival this past weekend, here is a New Orleans classic originally written by James “Sugar Boy” Crawford.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music on May 3rd, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Deep Banana Blackout – Big Thing

“Big Thing” is off of Deep Banana Blackout’s 2001 album Feeling The Peel. I love the chorus melody and the solo in this song.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on September 23rd, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Bonerama – Blackout in New York City

( @Bonerama ) Bonerama is a band made up of four trombone players accompanied by a sousaphone, guitarist, and a drummer. A couple of the trombonists came from Harry Connick Jr.’s big band. They play some great New Orleans style music and bear a striking resemblance to Rebirth Brass Band who is also from New Orleans. These guys cover a bunch of really awesome songs so I strongly recommend getting as much of their music as possible.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on September 9th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Rebirth Brass Band – I Feel Like Funkin’ It Up

@rebirthBB Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans brass band founded in 1982. I got a chance to see these guys in their home town last week at Maple Leaf Bar which is a great place to see bands in New Orleans. They are also coming around to The State Theatre in Virginia on August 13 and my band has the opening spot. Come by if you want to hear some old school funk music followed by some great original New Orleans style brass music.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on July 29th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Dr. John – Mama Roux

Here is some great New Orleans Rhythm & Blues recommended by my friend Danny “The Lanyard” Synk.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on June 21st, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –