The Ponderosa Stomp has added “legend” (NPR) and Queen of Memphis Soul Carla Thomas; Fat Possum and recording artist Don Bryant, who released a “marvelous” (Rolling Stone) new album ‘Don’t Give Up On Love;’ Thomas has been back in the spotlight with her hit song “B-A-B-Y” prominently featured in the film Baby Driver, but rarely known to make public performances. Bryant, songwriter for Solomon Burke, Albert King and wife Ann Peebles’ hit “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” saw his new album “Don’t Give Up On Love” earn praise from the likes of NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Paste, Uncut, MOJO, and more. Thomas and Bryant join already announced headliners Gary U.S. Bonds, Roky Erickson playing 13th Floor Elevators songs, The Mummies, Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, and Doug Kershaw, among others at the two-night concert October 6 and 7 at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA.
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Ponderosa Stomp 2017 teaser video (OK to share): https://vimeo.com/226954586
The Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference has been finalized October 5th and 6th at Ace Hotel New Orleans. It includes in-depth interviews with Carla Thomas and her sister Vaneese, “Tighten Up” soulman Archie Bell, Louisiana Cajun rock & roller Doug Kershaw, “Quarter to 3” hitmaker Gary U.S. Bonds, and a tribute to Norton Records’ late Billy Miller. It will also delve deeply into the untold stories behind records by Little Richard, Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Rufus Thomas, Presley, and other greats.
Also recently added to perform at the Stomp concert are Vaneese Thomas, sister of Carla and daughter of rock & roll DJ and rhythm & blues player Rufus Thomas; Charles Connor, original drummer for Little Richard and creator of the “Choo Choo Train” stick style.
Bios on all Stomp performers: http://www.ponderosastomp.com/
Tickets and more information are available at http://PonderosaStomp.com
2017 Music History Conference Schedule
THURSDAY OCT. 5TH
10:00 am - 7:00 pm at Ace Hotel New Orleans (600 Carondelet Street)
10:00 - 10:45 am
Bourbon Street Parade: A Look at Bourbon Street Clubs in the 60s
Featuring “Wacko” Wade, George Porter, Jr. and Moderator David Kunian
This panel examines the clubs on New Orleans’ most famous street during a time of vitality and change. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers before joining legendary funk originators the Meters. Wade played on Bourbon Street in the 1960s at Papa Joe’s with Freddie Fender and others and recorded a session with Allen Toussaint. David Kunian is curator of music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Another prominent musician will be featured as well.
11:00 - 11:45 am
The Gospel Truth of Rosemont Records
Featuring Al Taylor, James Williams, Andrew Jackson and Moderator Brice White
Rosemont Records releases gospel and rhythm & blues records in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as one of the first New Orleans hip hop records. Al Taylor was the owner and engineer for the studio on St. Claude Avenue. He later partnered on a studio with Willie Tee. Williams played on the Alberta Harris and both the Electrifying Crown Seekers and Mighty Rocks of Harmony are Rosemont Gospel Bands that still perform, including yearly
appearances at Jazz & Heritage Festival.
12:45 - 1:45 pm
South Rampart Street Stroll: The Music and Geography of South Rampart Street
Featuring Bruce Raeburn, Deacon John Moore, Richard Campanella and Moderator Jordan Hirsch
This panel examines the black main drag of New Orleans in the 1950s, examining what it was, who settled there, what was there, as well as the music of the chitlin circuit and Rampart Street specifically as jazz was transitioning to rhythm and blues as the dominant music. Deacon John Moore played with Allen Toussaint as well as leading his own legendary rhythm and blues band. Bruce Raeburn is in the charge of the Ben Hogan Jazz Archive and Richard Campanella is an architect and
2:00 - 2:45 pm
I’ve Got Reasons: The Return of Mary Jane Hooper
Featuring Mary Jane Hooper and Moderator Neil Pellegrin
With a fascinating story to tell, Mary Jane Hooper recorded with Eddie Bo and Allen Toussaint as well as under her own name for Scram Records. She had a local hit with “TeachMe,” “Psychedelphia,” and “I’ve Got Reasons.” She also played with James Black before retiring from music to become a newscaster on radio. Pellegrin is a DJ on WWOZ.
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Willie Knows How: An Oral History with Willie West
Featuring Moderator John Broven
The Bayou Lafourche native recorded swamp pop in his early career, including sides “A Man Like Me” and “Did You Have Fun.” He recorded with Wardell Quezergue as well as Allen Toussaint on later hits “Hello Lover” and “The Greatest Love” before joining the Meters as their singer, including on Saturday Night Live.
4:00 - 4:45 pm
It Came from Philly
Featuring Archie Bell and Winfield Parker, with Moderator Jason Hanley
This panel will flesh out the Philadelphia soul sound, of which Archie Bell was a part despite being born in Houston. He recorded with the Texas University Band on Ovide. Bell had a huge hit with “Tighten Up” and followed them up with classics like “Keep On Dancing” and “There’s Gonna Be Showdown.” Winfield was a baritone saxophone player turned singer who worked with Otis Redding and Little Richard as well producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff on his own records for Rujac Records.
5:00 - 5:45 pm
The RAM Records Story
Featuring Margaret Lewis, Alton Warwick, Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, V.J. Boulet and Moderator Michael Hurtt
This panel shines a spotlight on the Shreveport label with the co-owner Alton Warwick who built the labels’ studio along with songwriter for others and artist Margaret Lewis, artist Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, and V.J. Boulet of Bobby & The Riff Raffs.
6:00 - 6:45 pm
Tales of A Louisiana Man: An Oral History with Doug Kershaw
Featuring Doug Kershaw and Moderators Deke Dickerson and Dave Stuckey
The Ragin’ Cajun and fiddler extraordinaire had a long and distinguished career starting with the Louisiana Hayride before recording hits “Diggy Liggy Lo” and “Louisiana Man.” He later appeared numerous times on the Johnny Cash Show. Deke Dickerson is a published author and renowned guitarist.
FRIDAY OCT. 6TH
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Ace Hotel New Orleans (600 Carondelet Street)
10:00 - 10:45 am
The Man Behind the Montel & Michelle Labels: An Oral History with Sam Montalbano
Featuring Moderator John Broven
Montalbano will focus on the Montal-Michelle Records story as well as that of the Monarch label. He ran Deep Stuff Studios in Baton Rouge, recording John Fred on the hit “Shirley” as well as Dale and Grace, The Boogie Kinds, Sugar Boy Crawford, and Slim Harpo. He was also a concert promoter who hosted Jimi Hendrix’s Baton Rouge show.
10:55 - 11:40 am
Evie Sands Oral History
Featuring Moderator Sheryl Farber
A cult figure of vintage pop, Evie Sands was born in Brooklyn but came of age in Los Angeles, recording “Take Me For a Little While” and “Angel of the Morning” before they became hits, working with Chip Taylor.
12:25 - 1:10 pm
Make it Sound like a Train: An Oral History with Charles Connor
Featuring Moderator David Kunian
The New Orleans drummer and member of Little Richard’s band originated his “Choo Choo Train” beat sound and he will recount how Little Richard instructed him to make his drum part sound like a passing train. He was also James Brown’s first drummer and has worked with a who’s who of New Orleans music.
1:20 - 2:05 pm
Forever Young: An Oral History with Reggie Young
Featuring Moderator Red Kelly
A guitar great, Reggie worked on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA before moving to Memphis and recording with Hi Records’ Willie Mitchell. He became a top session man in Memphis and then Nashville, recording on several Elvis Presley hits including “Suspicious Minds” and opening for the Beatles.
2:15 - 3:00 pm
Walking the Dog: Growing up with the World’s Oldest Teenager Rufus Thomas
Featuring Carla and Vaneese Thomas and Moderator Andria Lisle
This panel provides firsthand accounts of Rufus Thomas, “the World’s Oldest Teenager,” who was a Rabbit’s Foot Minstrel, Memphis icon, DJ, and rock & roller and had hits with “Walking the Dog” and “Bear Cat,” both recorded with Sam Phillips, as well as hits on Stax such as “The Funky Chicken.” His daughters Carla had hits on Stax with “Gee Whiz” and “B-A-B-Y” and Vaneese recorded R&B sides in the 1970s as well as backing other artists.
3:10 - 3:55 pm
I Wanna Holler: An Oral History with Gary U.S. Bonds
Featuring Moderator Todd Abramson
Gary U.S. Bonds will look back at the ups and downs of his storied career. Known for his hits “New Orleans,” “I Want To Holler,” and “Quarter To Three,” the singer came back into the spotlight via collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt. Abramson is former co-owner and booker of Maxwell’s and current DJ on WFMU.
4:05 - 5:00 pm
Last Train from Kicksville: A Tribute to Billy Miller of Norton Records
Featuring Miriam Linna, Todd Abramson, James Marshall, Deke Dickerson and Moderator Michael Hurtt
This panel will honor Stomp friend Billy Miller of Norton Records, who, with Miriam Linna, founded the label that has been releasing garage rock for over 25 years, including Hasil Adkins and was a heavy influence on the Stomp. Linna was the first drummer for the Cramps and later had a band with Billy called the A-Bones. James Marshall is a former NY Times critic and former owner of Lakeside Lounge in NYC and Circle Bar in New Orleans.