Listen: Here Come the Girls
In our past twenty years, there are many artists Music Maker has worked with; some needed more help than others. In the case of Ernie, photographed here with legendary Bluesman Taj Mahal, he needed assistance with paying for his medicine, and with the opening of his “Mother-In-Law Lounge” in New Orleans. The name comes from his 1961 hit, “Mother-In-Law,” and while Ernie’s life certainly had it’s ups and downs, the club went on to provide Ernie and his wife with stability and recognition. Ernie passed in 2001, and New Orleans gave him the largest funeral parade the city had seen in years.
“Here Come the Girls” is an upbeat, classic tune that gets me in the mood for the upcoming Jazzfest. Many of the Music Maker artists I listen to tend towards Piedmont Blues – raw and unfiltered, just a man and his guitar. This is just as good – but very different. It’s the sound I’ve heard on Ironing Board Sam’s old records from the 1960’s, something that I might get my relatives who shun “the Blues” to consider. (Perhaps as a gateway to broadening their musical horizons.) Digging through the stacks – that’s why we call them Diggins – is such a great way to discover something in our catalogue that you never had the slightest idea was there. This song makes me want to look up “Mother-In-Law,” which I have a feeling will get me even more jazzed for Jazzfest.
Want something else to get you in that Boogie Woogie mood for New Orleans? Check out Ironing Board Sam’s “Ninth Wonder of the World” here!