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Billington on Booker

Producer extraordinaire Scott Billington talks about the making of Classified. For a detailed insight into Booker, see Scott in fascinating Bayou Maharajah: James Booker Story. James Bookermusicnew orleanspianoScott Billington

Bayou Maharajah: James Booker Story

I’ve been anticipating seeing this for quite some time now and today was the day. The DVD packaging is superb and of course features a “who’s who” of the NOLA music scene. Two of my favorite clips include the 1973 Don Kirshner Rock Concert with Mac, the Harry Connick Sr. (and 12 y.o. Jr.) segments, and the Scott Billington segment featuring…

Scott Billington’s Musical Letters from NOLA

Scott Billington, producer extraordinaire of so many top-notch musicians (that typically that don’t get mainstream airplay — well, because they have genuine talent — for example “Gatemouth” Brown and James Booker, two of the GREATS — is writing a monthly “Letter from NOLA” column for Universal Music’s uDiscover website, sharing stories about the musicians he’s worked with (and others),…

Scott Billington: producer par excellence

How do you know when a song is finished? This is the key question for a producer — the answer lies with the idea that may best be described as an “intimation,” something that only comes with a deep understanding of a given tradition. Listen to this chat with Scott Billington arguably one of the best recording producers…

Gatemouth’s Texas Swing

I’ve been working my way through my last haul from the Louisiana Music Factory. This compilation with sleeve notes by non other than Scott Billington showcases a musician at the height of his game aged around 60, something he sustained right to the end hitting 81. Zappa was a big fan of Gatemouth as guitarist.…

Cocaine boogie: James Booker, the tragic piano genius of New Orleans

Not that one really needs any confirmation, but listening to this rerelease, the genius is palpable. Maestro producer Scott Billington‘s liner notes are fascinating. Here’s hoping that more releases are in the offing — there is precious little available even at the Louisiana Music Factory. Also, check out this Guardian piece plugging the recent documentary. Bayou Maharajah: The…