BOBBY BLUE BLAND
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From the show "Summer with Bobby Blue Bland" originally aired on June 22nd, 2005
New Orleans' Neville Brothers--Art, Aaron, Charles and Cyril--are famed for their fiery soul and funk, blues and ballads, Caribbean and Crescent City rhythms. Saxophonist Charles Neville recently passed away. He first learned to play music in the family's uptown Valence Street neighborhood, and quickly took to the stage. By 15 Charles was with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King and Big Maybelle, among others, touring the Jim Crow South. A drug habit landed the sax player in Louisiana's infamous Angola Penitentiary from 1963 to 1966. It was a reforming and learning experience for him, playing bebop jazz with other inmates and integrating prison bands. In the seventies, Charles and his siblings formed the Wild Tchoupitoulas and then the Neville Brothers, bands that blended the homegrown sounds of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians and street life with modern soul, funk and jazz. We pay tribute to Charles by revisiting our interviews with him and his brothers over the years, as the Nevilles tell stories of family life and their adventures in and beyond the city where they learned their craft.
The legendary Bobby "Blue" Bland talks about his life in the blues and his approach to singing. And we visit summer roadside attractions, from an old candy store in Maine to a bait shop on the Florida Gulf Coast. Summertime music by Les Paul & Mary Ford, Burning Spear, Sidney Bechet and Mississippi John Hurt.
This week, we'll talk with the legendary Bobby 'Blue' Bland and visit summer roadside attractions, from candy stores to bait shops. Plus music by Les Paul & Mary Ford, Burning Spear, Sidney Bechet, and Mississippi John Hurt.
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