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 Morning Soup 
 eclectic music show
 Weekly Program
 Doug Ashford
 Doug Ashford  
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Morning Soup is an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, and other music from all over. You can hear it LIVE on Saturdays from 10am to noon Eastern, with a re-air Tuesdays at 10am. The archives are at, where you can listen to the current week's show as well as previous shows, view playlists, and read program notes for each show.
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This show was a lot of fun to put together. The focus for most of the show is on R&B from the late 1940s through the 1960s, and much of that music is due to the work of two men. Cosimo Matassa ran the only recording studio in New Orleans for many years, and the multi-talented Dave Bartholomew was the chief talent scout, record producer, arranger, manager, songwriter, and bandleader for the studio. (He also found time to perform and record himself!) Late last year the two men were honored with a weekend celebration at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland (the latest of many tributes to them), and happily they are both still around to enjoy it all!

Several excellent compilations of New Orleans R&B were used for this show, though they can be a little hard to find. Some of them are long out of print (Crescent City Soul and The Spirit of New Orleans: The Genius of Dave Bartholomew, both on EMI); others are available only as imports from the UK (Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B and The Cosimo Matassa Story, both on the Proper label). They are box sets of 2-4 CDs, and are all worth hunting down.

However, one anthology used on the show is readily available -- it's Doctors, Professors, Kings, and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans (even the title has rhythm!) on the Shout! Factory label. Unlike the other compilations, its four CDs go beyond R&B to also cover all aspects of Louisiana music, including cajun, ragtime, funk, zydeco, and Dixieland. It also includes a large softcover book with New Orleans history and culture, recipes, a pronunciation guide, and much more. It's compiled by Chuck Taggart (a super nice guy, by the way), whose Gumbo Pages web site is a terrific New Orleans resource (though a bit out-of-date in this post-Katrina world).

One question: how did I do a New Orleans music show without playing Fats Domino??? Sheesh. :)

0:00:00 Louis Armstrong – Potato Head Blues (last few seconds)
0:00:08 Professor Longhair – Mardi Gras in New Orleans

0:04:02 Dave Bartholomew – Jump Children
0:07:27 Clarence Garlow – New Bon Ton Roulay
0:10:20 Roy Brown – Let The Four Winds Blow
0:12:23 Archibald – Stack-a-Lee (Parts 1 & 2)

0:18:27 Bobby Mitchell – Try Rock 'n' Roll
0:20:41 The Hawketts – Mardi Gras Mambo
0:23:26 Big Joe Turner – The Blues Jumped Over the Rabbit

0:26:49 Little Richard – The Girl Can't Help It
0:29:22 Aaron Neville – Over You
0:31:39 Jewel King – 3 X 7 = 21
0:34:14 Larry Darnell – Lost My Baby
0:37:26 Lloyd Price – Lawdy Miss Clawdy
0:39:59 Lee Dorsey – Workin' In the Coal Mine
0:42:45 Roy Montrell – (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone
0:45:07 Ernie K-Doe – A Certain Girl

0:50:12 Michael Doucet – Jolie Blonde
0:53:36 Roswell Rudd – To The Day
0:58:41 Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Band – Sale'e Dames, Bon Jour
1:01:29 Beausoleil – Zydeco Gris-Gris

1:05:57 Neville Brothers – Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy
1:10:21 Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys – Blues du saoulard
1:13:46 Pine Leaf Boys – Creole Mardi Gras
1:17:04 The Red Stick Ramblers – Valse de Balfa

1:20:26 Dr. Michael White – St. Phillip Street Breakdown
1:25:28 James Booker – Prof. Longhair Medley: Bald Head-Tipitina
1:29:57 Tom McDermott & Evan Christopher – The Broken Windmill
1:33:48 New Orleans Jazz Vipers – Digga-Digga-Do

1:40:04 Clarence "Frogman" Henry – Ain't Got No Home
1:42:22 Huey 'Piano' Smith – Don't You Just Know It
1:44:50 Cubby Newsome – New Orleans Lover Man
1:47:44 Earl King – Come On
1:50:13 Blanche Thomas – You Ain't So Such A Much
1:52:49 Smiley Lewis – I Hear You Knockin'

1:56:24 Chris Kenner – I Like It Like That
1:58:21 Shirley & Lee – Let The Good Times Roll
2:00:44 Jessie Hill – Ooh Poo Pah Doo Pt. 1
2:03:01 Paul Gayten – You Oughta Know

2:06:13 Marcia Ball – That's Enough of That Stuff

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02:10:40 English 0211-03-05
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Morning Soup #005: March 5, 2011  02:10:40  128Kbps mp3
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