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New Orleans Calling: St. James Infirmary

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 wwoz.org.

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

New Orleans is an old and beautiful city, and if you believe the stories, it’s a little spooky, too. On this week’s New Orleans Calling we take a look at some Voodoo kings and queens, a Cajun werewolf, something called a Skeleton Bug, and the story of St. James Infirmary … just in time for Halloween.

The allegedly haunted LaLaurie Mansion at 1140 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
The allegedly haunted LaLaurie Mansion at 1140 Royal St. in the French Quarter. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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, “St James Infirmary”:

One of our guests on this week’s program is New Orleans historian Dr. Charles Chamberlain, founder and owner of Historia Consulting. He’s not your everyday historian, though — among his many credits you will find he was a “technical adviser” on the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Here’s a short video of Charles in front of the legendary “haunted” LaLaurie Mansion at Royal and Gov. Nicholls Streets in the French Quarter.

And as for the famous “Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveau, inspiration for the “Papa” French track we played in this episode, here’s Charles Chamberlain at her tomb in New Orleans, explaining a few facts about her life:

Paul Sanchez spoke to us about performing in his Rolling Road Show with Glen David Andrews — here’s the two-part video of the version of “St. James Infirmary” we included in this week’s show, filmed at Voodoo in New Orleans, of Glen singing “St. James Infirmary” with the band:

THIS WEEK’S TRACK LISTING:

(opening music bed: Charles Mingus – “The Children’s Hour Of Dream”)
Betty Harris – “I’m Evil Tonight”
(music bed: King Britt – “Power (Voodoo Version)”)
“Papa” French and his New Orleans Jazz Band – “Marie LaVeau”
(music bed: Tangle Eye – “O Death”)
Dr. John – “Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya”
Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Voo Doo”
Papa Mali – “Skeleton Bug”
(music bed: Prince La La – “Need You”)

(music bed: Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Darker Shadows”)
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – “Loup Garou”
Grayson Capps – “Graveyard”
Tom McDermott and Meschiya Lake – “Gloomy Sunday”
(music bed: A. L. Lloyd and Alf Edwards – “The Unfortunate Rake”)
Danny Barker – “St. James Infirmary”
(music bed: Chef Menteur – “Paysans De La Mer”)
Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show – “St. James Infirmary”
(music bed: Corey Harris – “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground”)
Dr. John – “I Walk On Guilded Splinters”

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