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New Orleans Calling: Bayou Road Blues

WWOZ’s nationally-syndicated one-hour program New Orleans All The Way Live has been recently renamed and re-imagined in a great new form, with a new name — New Orleans Calling.

Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.-8 a.m., and you can also listen online to recent episodes at

Listen to this week’s episode of New Orleans Calling.

Snooks Eaglin was a legendary blind guitarist in New Orleans. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Snooks Eaglin was a legendary blind guitarist in New Orleans. (Photo: Wikipedia)

This week’s episode, titled “Bayou Road Blues,” takes a look at the blues in the Crescent City. When you bring up New Orleans music, people don’t necessarily think about the blues. They think of jazz, and R&B. But New Orleans is filled with blues players. And just like everything else in New Orleans, what they do is a little different — with syncopation, instrumentation, and even a touch of the rural side of the city.

Every week on New Orleans Calling, we provide additional material online to accompany each show, in case you’re interested in finding out more. Sometimes it’s going more in-depth, sometimes it’s something cool we didn’t have time to go into, and sometimes it’s just plain fun.

Here’s a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week’s show, “Bayou Road Blues”:

Here’s Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes performing at the club d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans: “Kickin’ the Blues, Part 2”

Snooks Eaglin was a legendary blind guitarist in New Orleans known as the Human Jukebox, because he could remember thousands of songs. This video shows his amazing guitar playing, alongside George Porter Jr. on bass and Jon Cleary on piano. And it gives you a great look at his fingerwork, as well as some of his onstage antics:

Here’s Eric Lindell performing a solo version of “Bayou Country” as part of the Bloody Sunday Sessions video series, in which musicians perform while drawn through the streets of New orleans in mule-drawn carriages. “Bayou Country” was written in the 1960s by Luther Kent — another New Orleans bluesman featured in this week’s program.

(opening music bed: Carol Fran And Clarence Hollimon – “Booty Butt”)
Carol Fran – “Emmitt Lee”
Henry Gray – “Cold Chills”
(music bed: Slim Harpo – “One More Day”)
Ernie Vincent – “Bayou Road”
Little Freddie King – “Mean Little Woman” Live at Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
Little Freddie King – “Boogie Chillen” Live at Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
(music bed: Snooks Eaglin – “Kiss of Fire”)

(music bed: Snooks Eaglin – “Malaguena”)
Snooks Eaglin – “That Certain Door”
Betty Harris – “I Can’t Last Much Longer”
(music bed: Guitar Slim – “New Arrival”)
Guitar Slim – “The Things That I Used to Do”
Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington – “It’s Rainin’ In My Life”
(music bed: Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington – “One Way or Another”)
(music bed: Ernie K-Doe – “There’s A Will, There’s A Way”)
Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland – “I’ll Take Care of You”
Luther Kent – “I’ll Take Care of You”
(music bed: Dragon Smoke – “Cabbage Alley”)
Eric Lindell – “Aretha Sing One For Me”
(music bed: Snooks Eaglin – “Funky Malaguena”)

New Orleans Calling is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City, with support from and GoNOLA.comNew Orleans Calling 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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