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By Dave Thompson

Permeating the shadows and the darkness of the bayou is —a international all its personal that stretches from Houston, Texas, to cellular, Alabama. This research of marsh tune leaves New Orleans to find mystery legends and brilliant mythology within the surrounding desert. the folk and the cultures that experience referred to as the bayou home— reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Jerry Reed, Nick Cave, Bo Didley, and a one-armed Cajun backwoodsman and gator hunter named Amos Moses— are unearthed not just via their very own phrases and lives but additionally via a research in their track and interviews with viewers to and citizens from the sector. The interviews with Jerry Reed and Bo Didley, who either died in 2008, are one of the final, emphasizing the book’s value as a section of cultural maintenance. half social heritage, half epic travelogue, and partially a lament for the way of existence that has now all yet disappeared, this is often the gripping tale of yank music’s forgotten childhood— and the parentage it slightly even knows.

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Tonight, we were looking for the blues, and was it instinct or simply good earsight that washed us into a bar on Bayou Drive, just in time to see Baron Samedi turn in our direction? What did he see? A Brit and a northerner, blond and brunette, I’m Dave and this is Amy, and hey, how do you do? The universal language of the fresh-into-town first timers. What did we see? A voodoo spirit. Well, to be brutally truthful, and at the risk of spoiling what could have been an amusing anecdote, we saw a man dressed as a voodoo spirit.

And who was that woman? ” Hmmm. Somehow, I thought it might be. If there’s a voodoo legend in Louisiana, Marie Laveau is usually behind it. Not because she was behind it, but because she’s the only DAVE THOMPSON Voodoo Queen that the tour guides and the storytellers know that we out-oftowners might have heard of. And I do suspect that this is another instance of that, not only because the real Laveau died a good 19 years before Blind Joe was even born, but also because you have to wonder what the Witch Queen of New Orleans was ever doing all the way up in Tallulah in the first place.

Joe was somethin’! ” A devil that was so darned wicked that, by the end of his life, he couldn’t even tell his best friends precisely what he’d done. He just let them guess why the law was on his trail, why he kept on changing his name, why he never stayed still for any longer than he had to. But there were rumors, of course. One was that he shot his own uncle. Another was that he murdered a white man. Another, and this is the one that he told his death certificate, was that he didn’t even come from Louisiana, that Arkansas took the blame for raising him.

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