The Ponderosa Stomp #12

New Orleans is widely known as the birthplace of Jazz. When it comes to music festivals in the crescent city many people think of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival held the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.

But not many people know about The Ponderosa Stomp. I just discovered this event from a print advertisement in the Fall 2015 issue of Oxford American magazine. The Ponderosa Stomp #12 (wow I have some catching up to do here) will take place October 1-3 2015, in New Orléans, LA. It is a two-day concert with the best music you’ve never heard. In addition it is a conference, record show and HIP Drop…Wish we could attend.

The menu is an all-you-can-eat platter of classic rock ‘n’ roll, Chicago and Mississippi blues, New Orléans R&B, Memphis and Motown soul, hellacious rockabilly, blistering garage rock, and Louisiana swamp pop. Old favorites like Warren Storm, Barbara Lynn, Billy Boy Arnold, and Roy Head are appearing, along with some very special artists making their Stomp debuts. The Stomp is especially proud to present, for the first time, an all-star revue of San Antonio’s Chicano soul legends from the 1950s and ‘60s.

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation is the primary organization behind this eclectic festival.

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation (PSF) is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to celebrating the legacy, revitalizing the careers and preserving the history of American music and musicians.

Rickie Lee Jones – More About “The Other Side of Desire”

Its been great getting updated by Rickie Lee Jones about her next recording, “The Other Side of Desire” on PledgeMusic. As a devout music fan I love being in the loop during the artistic process.

Rickie Lee just shared with us “pledgers” the cover image and the track listing. Don’t you just dig that photograph 😉

By the way it’s not to late to pledge.

Track Listing

1. Jimmy Choos
2. Valtz de Mon Pere (Lovers’ Oath)
3. J’ai Connais Pas
4. Blinded By The Hunt
5. Infinity
6. I Wasn’t Here
7. Christmas in New Orleans
8. Haunted
9. Feet On The Ground
10. Juliette
11. Finale; (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)

So Rickie Lee. More teaser tracks please 🙂

Rickie Lee Jones – The Other Side of Desire

I have enjoyed Rickie Lee Jones updates as a Pledge Music crowd fund supporter. She is doing an superb job of keeping us informed about her forthcoming album, The Other Side of Desire.

I was acknowledged today of the first trailer for her new album which releases on June 23rd, 2015. The album was recorded in Rickie Lee Jones hometown of New Orleans.

I can only imagine the emotional rollercoaster it has been for Rickie Lee Jones as she fights to perpetuate her art in this digital music age. This is particularly clear when the video juxtaposes her first hit single, “Chuck E.’s In Love” with her present life. I respect her anger with a music industry that attempts to limit her role as a vital American musician.

Thank God we can elevate her by funding this valuable recording project. I hope you will share in my enthusiasm for Rickie Lee Jones compositions. Her contributions as a singer/songwriter merit our respect and admiration.

I noticed that Rickie Lee Jones will be touring in support of The Other Side of Desire. She is slated to perform at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut on August 27th, 2015. We have not been to the new Infinity Hartford yet. This looks like the event that will get us there.

The Oxford American, Southern Music Issue 2012, Louisiana

I happened upon the Southern music 2012 issue of Oxford American at Barnes & Noble yesterday. I first blogged about their annual Southern music issue last year which covered Mississippi. The Winter 2012 issue is dedicated to the music and culture of the sovereign state of Louisiana.

I have visited New Orléans, Louisiana on multiple occasions in the past 30+ years. I love the rich heritage of jazz found there. My favorite time in New Orléans was in the early 80’s. I spent an evening spellbound sitting at the foot of jazz in the heart of the French Quarter at Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter Street.

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I sat on a dusty old sofa cushion witnessing the Kid Thomas Band perform traditional jazz dance band music for a diverse international audience. The people around me were from Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA. They were very friendly musicians who went about their craft with precision and grace. I purchased the “Kid” Thomas Valentine LP after the show to evidence my appreciation for their performance.

I am eager to delve deeper into this quality music magazine which is certain to increase my ever-increasing knowledge about Louisiana’s role in American roots music.

Five Easy Pieces – EMP Pop Conference 2013

The Experience Music Project (EMP) Pop Conference in 2013 will be a five city live streaming event. The five easy pieces for Pop Conference 2013 will take place in Seattle (Central site), New York (the site of the 2012 Pop Conference that we attended), Los Angeles, New Orleans and Cleveland.  Please refer to the EMP Pop Conference page for more specifics, as the event is just unfolding.

Five different gatherings, in the East, West, South, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest, will take place on the same weekend, with a goal of live streaming the content for those unable to travel and preserving it for posterity. At each location, there will be one panel at a given time, rather than concurrent sessions, to foster regional community.

Local organizers, all veteran conference participants, will steer the program for each Pop Conference city: Oliver Wang of Cal-State Long Beach in Los Angeles (working with the USC Dornsife Center for Feminist Research, directed by Karen Tongson); Tavia Nyong’o of NYU in New York (working with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music); Joel Dinerstein of Tulane in New Orleans (working with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South); Lauren Onkey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland; and Jasen Emmons of EMP Museum in Seattle.

My aim as an EMP/SFM Member(since 2009) is to increase my Pop Conference involvement in 2013 from the attendee level in 2012. I’m glad the NYU event is open-ended. I have contacted Tavia Nyong’o of NYU to learn more about where I can hopefully take part.

I learned that the Pop Conference 2012 event was published as a collection of papers by the Duke University Press soon after the event. Eric Weisbard served as Editor for Pop When the World Falls Apart, Music In The Shadow of Doubt. Eric is the EMP Pop Conference Organizer and is also Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University. This is the third collection of Pop Conference papers

I have a better idea now why Robert Christgau calls the Pop Conference,  “the best thing that’s ever happened to serious consideration of pop music.” I attended the session where he spoke last year (Refer to my blog post about Pop Conference 2012 here)

I look forward to the EMP Pop Conference 2013. I plan to update readers about this event moving forward. When I’m informed you will be informed, so stay tuned 🙂