Fat Tuesday

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I’ve never been to New Orleans and admittedly I didn’t know a great deal about the city, its heritage and and incredible musical diversity until the HBO show Tremé - a show that genuinely touched me every episode despite being a white, middle class man some 5,000 miles away.

Stories of people trying to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses after Katrina while still keeping tradition and culture close to their hearts. I loved it.

I had inadvertently seen and heard a good number of NOLA bands over the years, most notably Dumpstaphunk and Galactic at Bonnaroo. Dr. John is one of those musicians who I picked up on in my early teens just as I was getting into music.

Visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras is a bucket list item for me. But until then, I always listen to NOLA artists all day on Fat Tuesday. I hope the selection below is suitable, not too obvious and without too many omissions.

Note: Try as I might, I just can’t get in to Bounce. And bands like Crowbar and Down just didn’t fit my vibe today. So, here we are.

Artist Title
Ooh Poo Pah Doo - The Best Of Jessie Hill Play Jessie Hill Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part One)
In The Right Place Play Dr. John Qualified
The Best of Jelly Roll Morton Play Jelly Roll Morton I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
We Love 'Em Tonight (Live at Tipitina's) Play Galactic Moog Marmalade
Life, Love And Faith Play Allen Toussaint On Your Way Down - Remastered Version
Home Of The Blues Vol 1 And 2 Play Irma Thomas It's Raining
Yes We Can ...And Then Some Play Lee Dorsey Occapella
Fire On The Bayou Play The Meters Fire On The Bayou
Live At Vaughan's Play Kermit Ruffins Skokiaan
Crawfish Fiesta (Remastered with Bonus Track) Play Professor Longhair Her Mind Is Gone - Remastered
Live: Mardi Gras In Montreux Play The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Encore: Blackbird Special - Pt. 2 / Live
American Tunes Play Allen Toussaint Big Chief