Tag Archives: Henry Roeland Byrd

Honoring Henry Butler, Smiley Lewis and Freedom

Welcome to my July 5th, 2018 edition of Sweeney’s Gumbo YaYa.¬† There’s lot to love about this extra-long show so go ahead and get it started. We lost Henry Butler on Monday, July 2 to colon cancer. He was born … Continue reading

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New Orleans blues a mix of mystery and minstrel

If you’re a sucker for a good mystery like I am, then you might appreciate the story of Kid Stormy Weather. That is, what little of the story we know. (Here’s the podcast of my radio show that goes with … Continue reading

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Professor Longhair “tralla walla” makes us feel fine

This week’s post (and my focus on this week’s radio show) is about the man who sang “we gonna hoola tralla walla malla dalla drink some mellow wine.” Henry Roeland Byrd was a tap dancer, card shark, soldier,¬†cook, laborer and … Continue reading

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