Last Saturday I did special broadcast on the roots of one of history's most famous blues singers: Elvis Presley! The show featured a number of old blues tunes that Elvis famously covered, including Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's Alright Mama," Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," and Carl Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes." I went through the songs chronologically by the year the older version of the song was released.
This was my last show for WKCR so I decided to a special broadcast on the history of New Orleans piano music. Moving chronologically through time starting with Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) and ending with Henry Butler (1949 - present), I tried to touch on all of the most famous piano players to come out of New Orleans including Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Fats Dominio, and Dr. John.
As this is one of the last shows I'll be programming on WKCR I decided to do a special broadcast. These are original blues songs and the rock n' roll hits that were inspired by them. I kicked off the show with two Henry Butler tunes in promotion of a gig he'll be playing tomorrow afternoon at Joe's Pub. Check it out if you can! He is one of the best piano players ever to come out of New Orleans.