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New Orleans Tribute

Nathan Salsburg includes these notes for this set: I sincerely apologize in advance - no Kid Ory or King Oliver. No Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Nevilles, Ernie K-Doe, Lloyd Price, Eddie Bo, Rosco Gordon, Huey Smith, Tremé Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Mardi Gras Indians. No attempt made to leave Orleans Parish for Bois Sec Ardoin, Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis, Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot. No Dr. John. It's impossible to begin to pay ample tribute to New Orleans music - much less that of Louisiana - in a half hour, so instead, I humbly offer up some city-specific samples that I hold dear, knowing the surface is far from scratched.

With tracks by Jelly Roll Morton, Baby Dodds, Roy Montrell, Red Onion Jazz Babies, Sister Dora Alexander, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, Bunk's Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, others.

For more of New Orleans' music plus an eye to the other Katrina-affected Gulf Coast states, check out David Weinstein's episode of Impossible Music: Gulf Coast Music Special.


Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone


Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog,, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.