New Orleans music has gotten its due in recent years, thanks to everything from archival MP3 blogs (Home of the Groove is excellent) to Treme. Here, expert excavators at U.K. label Soul Jazz focus on NOLA's visionary nutters. Soul shouter Eldridge Holmes explains the "good way to make whoopee," a sitar creases Lee Dorsey's "What You Want," and although she's "in a world of trouble" with her man, Betty Harris sounds as merry as a funeral parade. This proves New Orleans was a wellspring of joyful and defi ant eccentricity.
From The Archives Issue 1197: December 5, 2013