was in New Orleans a couple of years ago for Jazz Fest, and between the two weekends of music out at the fairgrounds was a great three night show at the Rock And Bowl called The Ponderosa Stomp, which is booked and promoted by this guy from New Orleans named Ira, who's a practicing physician and a music fan with money to blow putting together these insane shows he never turns a profit on. He rounds up an astonishing line up of performers from the past that are probably unfamiliar to most people, but not to musicians and hip music buffs. That year's lineup included James Blood Ulmer, Billy Boy Arnold, Sun Ra's band, Hubert Sumlin and members of the old Howlin' Wolf band, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana and James Burton from the Elvis band, Dale Hawkins, Billy Lee Riley, Deke Dickerson, Rocky Burnette, Tony Joe White, Clarence Frogman Henry, Warren Storm, John Fred, and to cap the whole thing off Sam The Sham of "Wooly Bully" fame, who hardly ever gigs anymore, and man he was great.
onths later at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, a group of harmonica players performing that weekend at the SF Blues Festival put on a free lunchtime concert, and Lazy Lester played so I went. When I saw him I introduced myself and said, I met you in New Orleans a few months ago, but I didn't know who you were. He laughed and told me that he was playing my CD a few weeks ago and his little niece said to him that I didn't sound like James Brown.