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New photos of “Fats”

Music journalist Keith Spera reports on a very recent meeting between “Fats” and Irvin Mayfield. Love the Caddy couch! “Of course it is a big deal to go to Fats Domino’s house,” he said later Wednesday evening. “Everything that’s great about New Orleans is in that house. “As I was driving over, I was thinking that…

Review of Preservation Hall’s latest

The always thoughtful and eloquent Keith Spera: here is his review of Presevation Hall’s latest, and a very Burkean assessment in the following quote: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band cannot, and should not, escape or avoid its esteemed and considerable legacy. But a respect for, and connection to, the past should not preclude looking forward. Music,…

Fats @ 85

This article by the excellent Keith Spera. Another Feb 26th baby is Johnny Cash. boogie woogieFats DominoJohnny CashKeith Speranew orleansrock and roll

Aaron Neville’s My True Story

Coming very soon – Neville’s affectionate revisiting of the doo-wop music he grew up with. If you appreciate doo-wop then you’ll love Zappa’s self-penned tribute to doo-wop though of course it being Zappa it has a bit of gentle naughtiness.  Aaron, Don and Keef, the latter turned me onto the Neville Brothers in ’81. Read…

“Gatemouth” Brown

The amazing talent and character that is Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. See the excerpt on Gatemouth from Keith Spera’s lovely book. Eric Clapton became an unabashed Brown booster on November 22, 1994, the second of Clapton’s three consecutive nights at the New Orleans House of Blues. During his encore, Clapton invited Brown to sit in. After warming…

Fats and Dave

Here is the very excellent Keith Spera reporting on an event I’d have given my right/left (you name it) to have been able to attend. Keith by the way has written one of the most elegant, affectionate (warts and all) and informative books around featuring a chapter on Fats. Music journalism at its unpretentious best: a…