This past weekend marked the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
As people around the world reflect on the troubled Gulf Coast, I will remember my own time living in Louisiana as being book-ended by another two catastrophic events: Hurricane Gustav and the Gulf Coast oil spill.
And yet, despite disaster and misfortune, Louisiana boasts such a deep artistic infrastructure that seemingly the arts and the struggle of this region are equals in their worldwide recognition.
Perhaps this relationship goes hand-in-hand.
Regardless, this short mix represents some of my favorite music to come out of Louisiana and specifically, New Orleans.
And as a side note for those keeping track: while Belong’s October Language was released in 2006, it was actually recorded in 2004 (pre-Katrina).
- Iko Iko / The Dixie Cups from Chapel of Love [Red Bird, 1964]
- Do Whatcha Wanna / Rebirth Brass Band from Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band [Mardi Gras, 2004]
- Don’t You Just Know It / Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns from “Don’t You Just Know It” b/w “High Blood Pressure” [Ace, 1958]
- Just A Closer Walk With Thee / Preservation Hall Jazz Band from Marching Down Bourbon Street [Sony, 1997]
- The Door Opens The Other Way / Belong from October Language [Carpark, 2006]