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New Orleans All The Way Live: Boogie At Midnight

This week on New Orleans All the Way Live, get a taste of Monday nights at BJ’s in the Bywater with King James and the Special Men and red beans and rice.

This week on New Orleans All The Way Live, we explore the connection between 1950s Rock and Roll and it’s influence on today’s local musicians. We take you down to the far side of the Bywater neighborhood, to a windowless bar known as BJ’s Lounge where, on Monday nights, you can find King James and the Special Men reviving the sound of ol’ New Orleans rock and roll. While you’re dancin’ to their sweet sounds and covers of Roy Brown, your nose will take you past the band to the side of the stage, where homemade red beans are waiting to be served.

BJ's Lounge. Photo by Melanie Merz, courtesy of WWOZ.
BJ’s Lounge. Photo by Melanie Merz, courtesy of WWOZ.

We take a closer look at this Monday night tradition and hear from lead singer Jimmy Horn about what makes his red beans so special. We also take a listen to Southern Rock troubadour Grayson Capps and the Lost Cause Minstrels, in a performance recorded live at French Quarter Fest 2012.

On this week’s episode, Jimmy Horn is feeling pretty generous and offers up some secrets and pointers on how to get the best red beans and rice. Here’s just a taste:

“A step in bean making that a lot of folks skip nowadays is the sofrito. These beans have been cooking already, alright, for probably about three hours. Slow! Not a hard boil. Bring em to a hard, then bring it right back down. Slow cook ’em for maybe six and a half hours. Not until they get tender do I put my seasoning. I got my smoked meat, my neck bones, and my bay leaves. That’s it. Then over here I’ve got some rendered bacon fat, some sausage. A traditional mirepoix is celery, carrots and onions. Then over here it got turned with the mixture of the Spanish, they use the green pepper instead of the celery, and they don’t use the carrots, they use parsley. But it’s still just an aromatic base with garlic and onions. In New Orleans they call it The Trinity. They lost the words ofrito, or mirepoix. The Spanish called it sofrito. The bottom line is you cook your onions and you render your meat. If you look at a Camellia beans wrapper, it tells you right on there “render your meat!” and then cook your beans in the fat.”

Get in on the music and tradition and listen to this week’s episode of New Orleans All The Way Live!

King James and the Special Men at BJ's Lounge. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, courtesy of WWOZ.
King James and the Special Men at BJ’s Lounge. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, courtesy of WWOZ.

New Orleans All the Way Live is produced by the New Orleans radio station WWOZ with support from NewOrleansOnline.com and GoNOLA.com. New Orleans All the Way Live is an internationally syndicated weekly radio show produced by George Ingmire highlighting the unique music, food, festivals, and culture of the Crescent City. Ingmire culls from WWOZ’s vast library of live recordings and connects with musicians from across the city to bring you one-of-a-kind music and musician interviews—from flagship music festivals to living room concerts.

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