Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010
Classic Sounds of New Orleans (Smithsonian Folkways)
Five years after Katrina, the New Orleans music scene has largely been restored to where it was before the levees broke. The Crescent City’s unique place in American musical culture was documented over the years by the Folkways label. Classic Sounds collects great tracks originally released by Folkways from 1946 through 1967. Included are rollicking brass bands, the hand-clapping and vocal roots of the Bo Diddley beat, church choirs and gospel soloists, bluesy harmonica jams and Mardi Gras Indians—all of it suffused with soul. Classic Sounds recalls a peak period in New Orleans when the streets were alive with great music.