First Jazzfest and Picture #3

Lifelongnewyorker attended a conference for work in New Orleans (NOLA) back in spring of 2001 and decided to tack on a few days, rent a bike and enjoy the city.

Jazzfest, May 2001

Jazzfest, May 2001

Turns out there was this annual music festival called Jazzfest and she headed over, bought a $10 ticket, and wandered around.  Saw Van Morrison, among others, and encountered this parade of New Orleans Indians, familiar to any devotee of Treme.

She was hooked.

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Alabama Songs

On Facebook, I announced my upcoming move by posting a YouTube clip of Leadbelly singing “Alabama Bound.”  It seemed so apt.  Mr. NYer pushed for Brecht’s “Alabama Song,” but I’ve never actually seen the moon over Alabama yet. It occurs to me, though, that Alabama has inspired a lot of songs.  Not as many, perhaps as California or Texas, but a good number.  Here are one’s I can think of off the top of my head.  

Anyone have more?

Alabama Bound — Leadbelly

Sweet Home Alabama — Lynyrd Skynyrd

Alabama Song — Brecht

Stars Fell on Alabama — Billie Holliday

Alabama — Neil Young

Alabama Getaway — Grateful Dead

And one more question:  Why are the blues associated with Mississippi and not Alabama?