Ponderosa Stomp
Music Conference

The Cabildo, New Orleans 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2009

Travis Wammack and Scott Nomar at First Annual Ponderosa Stomp Conference
The 2nd annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference

April 27th, 28th, and 29th 2009 at the Louisiana State Museum’s historic Cabildo in Jackson Square.

Every year, the Ponderosa Stomp’s lineup draws some of the country’s most respected music critics and historians. Last year, we decided to put them to work at our first annual Music History Conference at the Louisiana State Museum’s Cabildo for a two-day collection of live panel discussions and oral histories that was a resounding success.

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation’s Music History Conference is not your average day at school. Last year, Smokey Johnson and Bob French had dueling memories about who pawned whose bass drum, Harold Battiste and other founding members of AFO Records remembered the visionary label’s earliest days, and fans gathered at the feet of J&M Studio’s legendary Cosimo Matassa (literally – all the chairs were taken.)

Because of last year’s success, this year we’ve added a third full day to the conference, as well as several film screenings.

Returning as panel moderators this year will be Peter Guralnick (Sweet Soul Music, Dream Boogie) John Broven (Rhythm & Blues In New Orleans), Nick Spitzer (American Routes radio), Holly George-Warren (Public Cowboy No. 1.), and Ben Sandmel (Zydeco!) joined by first-time participants like Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story film), FAME Records Rick Hall, and Miriam Linna (Norton Records) among others.


Panelists include Cowboy Jack Clement, Wanda Jackson, Cosimo Matassa, Joe Bihari, Marshall Chess, Dennis Coffey, Question Mark, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Dan Penn, James Blood Ulmer and more- including one Mac Rebennack, who will join Bob French together with Wardell Quezergue in reminiscing about their days working together.

Cosimo Matassa, Peter Guralnick, Harold Battiste at the first Ponderosa Stomp Conference

The 2nd annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., April 27th, 28th, and 29th 2009 at the Louisiana State Museum’s historic Cabildo in Jackson Square.


Those attending the Stomp Music Conference are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 when they arrive. Donation also gets attendees entry to the Louisiana Music Exhibit (at the Cabildo; on display from April 27th until early August 2009) which the Ponderosa Stomp worked to curate with The Louisiana State Museum and The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.




11:30 - 12:30 Oral History: Gayle Dean Wardlow & Mark Hoffman
12:30 - 1:00 flip room
1:00 - 2:00 Oral History: Classie Ballou & Ben Sandmel
2:00 - 2:30 flip room
2:30 - 3:30 Engineering Panel: Mark Bingham, Joe Bihari, Rick Hall, Cosimo Matassa, Bob Sullivan
3:30 - 4:00 flip room
4:00 - 5:00 Oral History: Dave Bartholomew and guests


11:00 - 12:30 Film: Dirt Road to Psychedelia (72 min) Q&A with director Scott Conn
12:30 - 1:00 flip room
1:00 - 2:30 Film: Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan (90 min)
2:30 - 3:30 Discussion: Peter Guralnick, Robert Gordon & Cowboy Jack Clement
3:30 - 4:00 flip room
4:00 - 5:00 Louisiana Hayride Panel: Nick Spitzer, Maggie Warwick, Bob Sullivan, Dale Hawkins



11:00 - 12:00 Oral History: Johnny Powers & Hurtt
12:00 - 12:30 flip room
12:30 - 1:30 Memphis Soul Panel: Robert Gordon, Scott Bomar, Otis Clay, Teenie Hodges, Roosevelt Jamison
1:30 - 2:00 flip room
2:00 - 3:00 Brice Nice/Dennis Coffey/DJ Soul Sister
3:00 - 3:30 flip room
3:30 - 4:30 Oral History: James Blood Ulmer with Dr. Ike


11:00 - 12:30 Joe Lauro Historic Films
12:30 - 1 flip room
1:00 - 2:00 Marshall Chess, John Broven, Joe Bihari
2:00 - 2:30 Film: The Legend of Bo Diddley (30 min)
2:30 - 3:00 Discussion: Lady Bo & Hurtt & Holly
3:00 - 3:30 flip room
3:30 - 5:00 Film: America’s Lost Band (60 min) Q&A with Barry Tashian



11:00 - 12:00 DJ Play My Record Panel: John Broven, Rick Coleman, Dizzy Lizzy, Larry McKinley, Isaac Bolden
12:00 - 12:30 flip room
12:30 - 1:30 Muscle Shoals Panel: Peter Guralnick, Dan Penn, Rick Hall, Jimmy Hughes
1:30 - 2:00 flip room
2:00 - 3:00 Question Mark and Miriam Linna


12:30 - 1:40 Film: The Sweet Lady With The Nasty Voice (70 min)
1:40 - 2:40 Discussion: Holly George-Warren with Wanda Jackson
2:40 - 3:00 flip room
3:00 - 4:30 Wardell Quezergue, Mac Rebennack, Bob French

Check back soon for updates conference events.

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