I don't normally reprint press releases unless it's for unkind, mocking or derisive purposes, but the Ponderosa Stomp's a cool enough event and the Stomp folks do good work putting some money in legacy musicians' pockets and presenting them in their best lights, so for them, I make an exception:
The eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp will invade the House of Blues New Orleans April 28 and 29, 2009 as it further strengthens its mission to shine a light on the unsung heroes of American music. The 2009 edition will be the biggest and best Stomp to date, with an expanded three-day conference of panel discussions and a Ponderosa Stomp-curated exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum at The Cabildo in New Orleans.
The full lineup:
Wanda Jackson, Roddy Jackson, Alton Lott, Carl Mann, Johnny Powers, Jack Earls, Dale Hawkins, James Burton, Dan Penn And Bobby Emmons, Howard Tate, Otis Clay, The Hi Rhythm Section, The Remains, Question Mark And The Mysterians, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Bobby Patterson, Wiley And The Checkmates, The Bo-Keys, Lil Buck Senegal And The Top Cats Featuring Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural, Dennis Coffey, Robert Parker, Jivin Gene, Ray Sharpe, Long John Hunter, Texas Johnny Brown, Little Joe Washington, James Blood Ulmer Trio, L.C. Ulmer, Little Willie Littlefield, Lil Greenwood, Jerry McCain, Kenny And The Kasuals, Classie Ballou, Deke Dickerson And The Eccofonics, Roy Loney And Cyril Jordan Of The Flamin Groovies Backed By The A-Bones, Lazy Lester
The Stomp's stroke of genius has been to put classic R&B, soul and rockabilly singers with younger bands that loved their records, so they play the songs with the passion and sonic fingerprints recordings that are 30 or so years old. As such, older artists that have disappointed with bands of contemporaries that tried unsuccessfully to stay current - losing what was great about their songs in the first place - often sound as urgent as they ever did.