The Dirt

P is for Prudhomme

Last week, New Orleans lost one of her favorite native sons. He kept us fed, preached the holy trinity far and wide, and helped to create the idea of New Orleans as a place to visit simply to eat and eat well. Paul Prudhomme will forever be remembered for his magic spices, white pageboy hat, and unflagging loyalty to cajun and creole cuisine.  Born in Opelousas in 1940, Prudhomme was the son of a farmer who later went on to become the first American born Executive Chef of Commander's Palace, turning the...

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Fats Domino: The Case for Domino Circle

Fats Domino: The Case for Domino Circle

“What they call and rock and roll now’s rhythm and blues I’ve been playing for fifteen years in New Orleans.” –Fats Domino Beloved by his home city, idolized by musicians as varied as Little Richard, Randy Newman, and the Beatles, and selected as an inaugural inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fats Domino was one of the best-liked and most influential figures in 20th century popular music. His longtime partnership with bandleader Dave Bartholomew would yield dozens of hits, including “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” and...

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Art Neville’s Indelible Impact on the NOLA Music Scene

Art Neville’s Indelible Impact on the NOLA Music Scene

Art “Poppa Funk” Neville came into this world on December 17, 1937. It became evident at quite an early age that Art, along with his three siblings - Charles, Aaron and Cyril – were gifted musically. As a child, Art learned to play the piano and was influenced heavily by many R&B legends of that time, including James Booker, Lloyd Glenn, Bill Doggett and Professor Longhair – just to name a few.   By the tender age of 17, while still attending high school, Neville joined his first official band...

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