Despite all the references to Mardi Gras and partying and the French Quarter and puking in your solo cup and all of that, the real reason I like Mardis Gras, from this distance anyway, is as an excuse to go on a New Orleans music binge and not feel the least bit guilty about it. The world needs New Orleans. It's a city in love with its own music heritage, an example in that way to all of us. Despite having its share of contemporary big shots, the reverence for the rich history of New Orleans music by locals is something you aren't going to hear in many places.
If you want to wrap your head around what New Orleans music is like, you can listen to all sorts of music from there and hear a common thread. It might lean towards jazz or blues or rock 'n' roll, and you might hear a strains of all of it in one song, but it all somehow seems to connect in that distinctive R&B of the region. Ernie K-Doe, like Joe Jones and Eddie Bo (see the last two posts) and a thousand others, epitomized that sound.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Ernie K-Doe - A Certain Girl mp3 at Hearsay
Ernie K-Doe - Wanted, $10.000 Reward mp3 at J Yuenger
Ernie K-Doe - Mother In Law mp3 at Net Animations (?)
Ernie K-Doe - Popeye Joe mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Ernie K-Doe - Here Come the Girls mp3 at Brendan McGetrick (?)
Ernie K-Doe on WWOZ at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Ernie K-Doe at Wikipedia