Galactic Drummer Drives the Beat for Today’s Show

This week’s show is carried by the rhythms of Stanton Moore who turns 48 on the day the show airs on KAOS (July 9, 2020). You can listen to it now though by clicking the sideways arrow below.

Over its 26-year history, the New Orleans band Galactic has been adept at funk, R&B, rock, soul and hip hop, performing with an ever changing cast of singers ranging from Boots Riley to Irma Thomas. And driving the beat throughout that quarter century is the only hometown member of the band, Stanton Moore. On today’s show, you’ll hear songs from his own albums, as well as from Galactic and two other bands that perform his songs.

But its a two-hour show so you’ll hear a lot more if you stay with it. Here are some highlights:

A song by Dragon Smoke – a group that includes Stanton and Robert Mercurio from Glactic as well as Ivan Neville and Eric Lindell.

Larry Williams singing “Bony Moronie” — original recording from 1957.

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys performing “Les Vigilants” and joined by Pine Leaf Boys, Bonsoir Catin and Jesse Lege for a full set of Cajun music.

Hackberry Ramblers rocking out with a cover “Proud Mary.” You need to hear it to believe it.

Twerk Thomson Trio doing a robust version “Oh You Beautiful Doll” recorded two years ago but sounding like a 78 rpm record from 1938.

There’s more but I’m tired and got things to do. Why tell you about it when you can listen to it for yourself.

Author: Tim Sweeney

Host of Sweeney's Gumbo YaYa - a two-hour radio show featuring the music of New Orleans -- every Thursday starting at 10 a.m. (PST) on community radio station KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia, Washington -- www.kaosradio.org. Show also airs on Fridays, 7 p.m., KMRE, 102.3 FM, Bellingham.

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