Thursday, September 15, 2011

Don't you remember me?

The Ponderosa Stomp is about to get rolling. I can't imagine I'll be anything less than dog-tired come 10pm, but I have to get down to d.b.a. tonight for the Hip Drop dance party. Told ya this move is badly timed.

Tomorrow night is undoubtedly a complete wash....too bad, I really wanted to see the Excello label tribute with Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, and Classie Ballou. Which is of course followed by a tribute to Cos Matassa with Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, and Robert Parker...which is then followed by both Jean Knight and C.P. Love. Ugh.

We'll see what happens on Saturday. I'm gonna kick myself if I miss the Stax label tribute with William Bell, Sir Mack Rice, Otis Clay, Howard Grimes, Eddie Floyd, and Skip Pitts. The one, the only, Lady Bo will also be in the house along with Big Jay McNeely and Miss Lavelle White [who I ran into several weeks ago in Austin].

There are lots of other performers I've failed to mention, this is just my wish list.

I've had several Carol Fran records ready to post for some time. Here's her first 45, recorded in 1957 by Jay Miller in Crowley, La. According to the label, she wrote the tune.

Miller supplied many many recordings to the Nashville based Excello label. He's the source of all those fabulous Slim Harpo, Lonesome Sundown, Lightin' Slim, Lazy Lester, and Guitar Gable 45s. Yep, they's all Louisiana records.

Hope ya'll enjoy....

Here's a sweet little clip of Carol Fran running through a number in both French and English. Dig that poster of Cleoma Breaux on the wall.


  1. Leaving the office after lunch and getting on a plance headed that way myself. . .good luck with the move. . . and maybe I'll run into at some point over the weekend! Cool video!!

  2. According to the ace (UK) cd notes on the great rockin' flip "One Look At You Daddy" she is backed by the Don Conway Orchestra. Ace have reissued a lot of Excello stuff. But I've not heard Emmit Lee before so as always thank you. I dig the 50's stuff you share. I wish I could come to stomp one year. Iv've seen Mr. Diddley himself in the UK a few times but never with Lady Bo. I think Lazy Lester has played here but I missed him. Slim Harpo & Jerry McCain are my fav Excello artists

  3. Thanks again for the great music.. catching up here.

  4. alas, we're missing the Stomp this year.

  5. That's Marty Christian on guitar and Andy Cornett on harmonica, both from Lafayette and members of Henry Gray's band.

  6. Dan...amazing that man is still alive and playing. But then he must be ten years younger than Pinetop Perkins was when he died. I'm lucky to have seen both sereval times.