Category Archives: New Orleans

Mardi Gras: Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain is how I first learned of the existence of New Orleans. When I was a little kid, my grandpa took me to hear Pete Fountain and Al Hirt in concert. Then I got a double-cassette collection of Pete’s … Continue reading

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POEM: everything stays

everything stays (for Uncle Lionel) just last night we danced in our hundreds on this very same street, arms upraised now the shop windows are barred the doors hidden behind metal grates no sound but the occasional birdcall and even … Continue reading

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Tour Diary: Go-Go, Cello, Second Line

(July 9, 2012) NEW ORLEANS, LA — I didn’t have any plans for my final day in New Orleans. But plans found their way to me anyway. The only thing I knew I needed to do was make today’s show, … Continue reading

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Tour Diary: Didn’t He Ramble: Remembering Uncle Lionel Batiste

(July 8, 2012) NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today I spent the day dancing and singing in memory of someone I’d honestly never heard of before this morning. I like to think I know a little bit about New Orleans music, … Continue reading

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Tour Diary: Lizards And Spiders And Thunderstorms

(July 7, 2012) — “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men / Gang aft agley,” said Mr. Burns (no, not that one) and he was right. My plan on this tour was to spend July in New Orleans then head … Continue reading

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POEM: worth the weight

worth the weight I threw myself on the mercy of the court the jester caught me in his motley arms when I hit the road again I may bring even less reduce to my life to what fits in a … Continue reading

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