June 05, 2010 11:15 PM
(Professor Longhair - after Mardi Gras, the other New Orleans institution)
I admit I landed in a New Orleans frame of mind this Saturday night. Professor Longhair was as much a New Orleans institution as Mardi Gras. Certainly one of the pillars of the music scene in that town for a very long time, he is still very much revered some thirty years after his death. Tonights track was one of his signature tunes. No Buts, No Maybes was recorded around 1957 (there's no session date information since it was a master purchase for the fledgling Ebb Records label and their first single Ebb 101). It's been a musical staple ever since.
And as a bonus tonight - another New Orleans legend, Edgar Blanchard with this unissued track, Bop Sit-In Blues, believed to be recorded around 1955-56 for Specialty Records (no date on the master tape box, sorry). Again, a New Orleans staple from another legendary figure.
Two in one night - must be the moon.