Thursday, February 28, 2013

Favorite New Orleans Street Band Early Tuba Skinny

This is early tuba skinny and the music is raw. No Shaye Cohn in this one.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Classic Archive 053 - M. Rostropovich / S. Richter N°1

I was at this concert in Edinburgh Scotland on August 30, 1964. So were Marlene Dietrich and
Burt Bacharach who was her musical director. I saw them at intermission in the hallway of the
auditorium. I also saw her performance at the same Edinburgh Festival of 1964. She sang all her favorites
including See What The Boys In The Back Room Will Have.

Van Cliburn "Widmung" Schumann-Liszt

Van Cliburn plays Schumann (

New Orleans Hurricane Betsy Flooding 1965

My wife and I rode out Hurricane Betsy on September 9th, 1965 in the top floor apartment at 731 Ursulines Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
All night long we could hear the slate from the roofs breaking loose.
In the morning I found pieces of the slate that had been blown so hard they had been embedded in brick walls.
I borrowed a Vespa Motor Scooter from a friend and rode all around the city.
Mostly I saw downed trees. Some broken windows on Canal Street. A large radio tower broke and fell across Canal Street.

In the French Quarter there were some brick walls that collapsed.

It was a category 3 hurricane when it got to New Orleans. Since the levees were better back then and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet had not been finished by that time so all of the city did not flood like it did during Hurricane Katrina. Some of the lower areas did flood. These were poor parts of the city. The gossip was the city fathers flooded those areas to save the city.

I had a friend who was a reporter on The States Item Newspaper. They had sent him to Grand Isle to cover the hurricane. His editor told him "We don't think it is coming that way but we want you to go down there". The eye of Hurricane Betsy came right over Grand Isle and blew away everything on the island except the Coast Guard Station which was built to withstand 200 mile an hour winds.

As it was coming over his editor called him to ask what was happening. My friend told him the fire station just blew past the Coast Guard Station.
He was stuck down there. He was a photographer as well as a reporter. The Army flew him out so he could get his pictures back to New Orleans. His pictures of the hurricane damage to Grand Isle,La. were printed in the newspaper and were nominated later for a Pulitzer Prize.

I went back down to Grand Isle with him to get his car(a Volkswagen)but it had been confiscated by the military since it was the only car on the island that would run. It had been ruined and they promised to buy him another one. They also took his gun which was in the glove compartment.

I remember on the drive from New Orleans down to Grand Isle everything seemed to have been destroyed. Blown over by the hurricane winds and destroyed by the storm surge of the water.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Hurricane Betsy

I did not know that Lightnin' Hopkins had done a song about Hurricane Betsy until I found it
on a CD today. So here it is. And also on the post below this one is the same song by Lightnin'
Hopkins. Memories of New Orleans September 9th 1965.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Hurricane Betsy

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sara Martin & her Jug Band - I'm Gonna Be a Lovin' Old Soul

Sara Martin with King Olivers Orchestra ~Death Sting Me Blues ~ 1928

Bob Dylan Vs. A J Webberman 1 of 4

Go to Youtube to find parts 2 and 3 and 4.
Very early phone call between AJ Weberman and Bob Dylan in Jan. 1970.

Tuba Skinny On Bedford Avenue 2009

No Shaye Cohn in this one.

tubaskinny @ contis plage /été 2009

But here is Shaye Cohn with the band in 2009.

Tuba Skinny and The Hot 6 busking on Royal Street 2009

I went back to find the earliest tuba skinny I could find on youtube. This is from 2009.
I don't see Shaye Cohn in this one.

More Tuba Skinny on Smart Arts Feb 2013

Tuba Skinny on Smart Arts Feb 2013 Part One

Friday, February 22, 2013

3 College Kids In 1960 Go From Hattiesburg, Mississippi To New York City And back For 24.00 In Gas In A Kharman Ghia

Glen and Jim and I went in Jim's 1960 Karman Ghia from Hattiesburg, Ms. to NYC and back for
24.00 in gas money. That is 8.00 roundtrip for each of us.

Gas was 30 cents a gallon. The Kharman Ghia got 30 miles to the gallon. Let's do the math.
2400 miles round trip. 80 gallons of gas needed at 30 miles to the gallon. 80 gallons of gas at 30 cents a gallon is 24.00 total for the roundtrip. Divide 24.00 by the 3 of us and you get 8.00 each for the 2400 miles roundtrip.

Now gas in the Washington D.C. area is around 4.00 a gallon on average. More in Bethesda, Md.
At 4 dollars a gallon it would now cost 320.00 in gas or around 107.00 each in a car that gets 30 miles to the gallon.
   Jim's car was not painted orange. It was a dark maroon color.
What I most remember about that trip was how small that back seat was. Really it was no seat at all.
Just a small cramped area that we had to take turns riding in.  It was not comfortable to say the least.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Richmond Theater Fire


Don't click on the picture below. Go to the link about the book provided
at the bottom of this post.

I just read this book. Very interesting history. The kind of history that is often not taught in our schools. I had never heard of it before and nobody I know had heard of it either.
Monumental Church in Richmond, Va. was built on the site of the fire as a monument to the people who perished there. Over 70 people died in the fire(others say 100) including the Governor of Virginia.
E.A. Poe was 3 years old at the time. His mother had just died. He was orphaned to John Allan and his wife who lived just a few blocks from this theater when it burned.
Here is a link to the author's blog and a video of her speaking about it.

Here is a link to info on the book.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuba Skinny In Australia 2013

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Australia! February 22- March 24

2/22, Friday at the Kantara House, Green Point NSW, Australia.

2/23, Saturday at The Basement, Sydney NSW

2/24, Sunday, Secret Music Party, Sydney NSW. For more info write to:

2/27, Wednesday at The Clarendon, Katoomba NSW


3/1, Friday, at Woombye Pub. Woombye QLD

3/2, Saturday at Coorabell Hall, Coorabell NSW

3/6, Wednesday at the Darwin Railway Club, Parap NT

3/8-3/9, Friday and Saturday at The Port Fairy Folk Festival

3/10-3/11, Sunday and Monday at WOMADelaide Festival

3/15, Friday at The Famous Speigeltent, Melbourne

3/16, Saturday at the Castlemaine Festival, VIC

3/17, Sunday at The Famous Speigeltent, Melbourne

3/21, Thursday at Republic Bar, Hobart, Tasmania

3/23, Saturday at The Standard, Sydney NSW

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Big TV News Last Week On CNN Breaking News Every Day Every Hour Every Minute


CNN was all over these stories.
Big Snow Storm Nemo in the Northeast of the USA.
Christopher Dorner on the loose and killing people in Southern California.
Cruise from Hell to Mobile on Carnival Cruise ship Triumph.
Meteor and Meteorite crashing to earth in Russia.
Asteroid coming close the Earth.
Pope Benedict resigned.
Big F4 tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi
And oh yeah a State of the Union speech for those who like that kind of thing.
Now Congress and the President are out of town for all week.
Monday is a holiday.  Then back to work for everybody else.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Mardi Gras Day Day In New Orleans 2013

It looks like a soggy and wet Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans this year.
Click on the link below for a live web cam look at Jackson's Square. With links to other web cams in NOLA.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ronnie Milsap - Daydreams About Night Things

I remember hearing this song back in the 1970s and liking it.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

All My Posts About Mardi Gras In New Orleans And Some Great New Orleans Mardi Gras Music

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Now that all of the football fans have left New Orleans after the most recent Super Bowl the city can get down to the serious business of celebrating this years Mardi Gras.
   Click on the link below to read all my posts about Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The first post you will see has a link to a live web cam at Jackson Square.  Give it 2 or 3 minutes to load all the posts.

And click on the link below to hear the best Mardi Gras music you will ever hear.
American Routes is a weekly radio show from New Orleans. A new show every week.

You can listen to 2 hours of great New Orleans music online on your computer. And see the complete playlist for hours one and two.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013