Ponderosa Stomp First Annual
Music History Conference
April 29th and 30th Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans
*This is from the 2008 festival, Current Ponderosa Stomp info can be found here.
ROCK & ROLL ALL NIGHT, PANEL EVERY DAY
LIVING THE LIFE THEY SING ABOUT: PONDEROSA STOMP ADDS FIRST-EVER DAYTIME CONFERENCE FOR 2008
INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS WITH MUSICIANS, HISTORIANS AND MUSIC BIZ HEAVIES TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF ROCK'S SECRET HISTORY
The Ponderosa Stomp Conference brings together award-winning authors like Peter Guralnick, Robert Gordon and Holly George-Warren with musicians – visionaries, wild cards and history makers – to tell the real story of rock n’roll live and in person for an unprecedented first-person dialogue that’ll take everyone backstage.
The panels will take place at the historic Louisiana Cabildo April 29 and 30
Don’t miss this chance to hear the people who were there tell tales out of school about the legendary scenes, labels, musicians, studios and songwriters who shaped rock n’roll – from both the spotlight and the shadows.
FIRST ANNUAL PONDEROSA STOMP MUSIC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Presented in conjunction with the Louisiana State Museum and the Rock n’Roll Hall of Fame.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 at the historic Louisiana Cabildo on Jackson Square (701 Chartres St.)
10 a.m. "IT" CAME FROM MEMPHIS: TRAVIS WAMMACK with SCOTT BOMAR
Wild guitar slinger Travis Wammack launched his recording career when he was just 13 years old. Since then, the "Scratchy" instrumental axe wielder has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, and managed guitar duties at Alabama's legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Moderated by Memphis musician, bandleader and composer Scott Bomar.
11 a.m HOW'S ABOUT A HAYRIDE: BOB SULLIVAN with JOHN MORTHLAND
In its heyday, any and every all-star in country music appeared on the Louisiana Hayride. And as the chief engineer, Bob Sullivan heard -- and saw -- everything from his perch behind the control board. At his Lafayette, Louisiana studio, Sullivan also worked with a veritable who's who in American music. He's handled sound for Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis, and, with eMusic's John Morthland (Creem, Rolling Stone, and Texas Monthly), he reveals what it was like to be in the company of kings.
12 p.m. ALL FOR ONE: HAROLD BATTISTE with PETER GURALNICK
He's a real New Orleans music visionary: Harold Battiste served as an A&R man for Specialty Records, arranged Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," introduced audiences to Dr. John the Night Tripper, and produced hits ranging from Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" to Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe." In 1961, Battiste founded the country's first African American owned music label, AFO, and launched it with a million-selling hit, Barbara George's "I Know." Peter Guralnick, one of the leading authorities on American music, finds out how and why Battiste has accomplished so much during his half-century in the music biz.
1 p.m. COSIMO MATASSA ORAL HISTORY with RICK COLEMAN
In the 50’s, the recordings that came out of Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio in the French Quarter created what would become New Orleans’ unmistakable signature R&B style. Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Fats Domino and others committed now-legendary tracks to tape there under Cosimo’s guiding hand. Rick Coleman, the award-winning biographer of Fats Domino, sits down with Matassa to discuss the shaping of a sound.
2 p.m. NEW ORLEANS DRUM SUMMIT mod. BOB FRENCH with DAVID KUNIAN
John Boudreaux, Smokey Johnson, and Zigaboo Modeliste
The rhythms that are the backbone of New Orleans R&B, rock, funk and soul have had a tremendous impact on American music far beyond the borders of the Crescent City. Jazz drummer Bob French joins David Kunian in leading this panel discussion with four of New Orleans’ most influential drummers to discuss the history and impact of the New Orleans beat, from Congo Square to hip-hop samples.
3 p.m. FIELD RECORDINGS PANEL mod. ANDRIA LISLE
10 a.m. SYL JOHNSON ORAL HISTORY WITH NICK SPITZER
Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, soul legend Syl Johnson relocated at an early age to Chicago, where his brother played bass with Windy City bluesman Magic Sam. Soon, Johnson was backing up electric blues personalities like Junior Wells, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed on harmonica and guitar. Johnson came into his own in the late 60's and early 70's in Memphis, with Willie Mitchell-produced solo recordings of raw, danceable soul later tinged with socially conscious, pro-black themes; though he never reached the fame of his Hi Records labelmate Al Green, Johnson's work remains an underground favorite for collectors and connoisseurs. Nick Spitzer, host of the award-winning syndicated radio program American Routes, moderates.
11 a.m. JOE BIHARI ORAL HISTORY with JIM O’NEAL and JOHN BROVEN
One of the last of a breed of tough-talking record men, in the 50’s and 60’s, Joe Bihari ventured far afield into the rural South to make field recordings of as-yet-undiscovered artists like the young Elmore James for his Modern Records label. Louisiana music historian and author John Broven and LIVING BLUES magazine funder Jim O’Neal share his story.
12 p.m. HERE COME THE GIRLS: WOMEN IN ROCK, COUNTRY AND SOUL IN THE 60&RSQUO;S WITH HOLLY GEORGE-WARREN