Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups
Iko Iko is a fan favorite and a New Orleans standard from 1964. Play this song anywhere in the world and the crowd sings it back.
New Suit - The Wild Magnolias
This one is straightforward, giving a nod to Mardi Gras Indians and the traditions they engage in annually for Mardi Gras. Any song about Mardi Gras Indians get me thinking about New Orleans; there's no place that celebrates like we do.
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans - Louis Armstrong
Needs no introduction. It's a soft New Orleans classic that always gets couples dancing together.
Foot Of Canal Street - John Boutte and Paul Sanchez
The song talks about the culture and the history of the city; it makes think about the city from all angles, both as a citizen and a tourist.
I'm Walking - Fats Domino
Fat Domino is a New Orleans superhero. I love it because it's one of the first songs I learned as a youngster.
Be My Lady - The Meters
When I first moved to the city, this song was almost the go-to song in our repertoire. When you have people like Cyril Neville sing along, it really makes the song rise to higher heights than before. It actually became a standard around the city too with other bands playing it again regularly; Trombone Shorty re-recorded his own version.
Africa - The Meters
More of NOLA classic funk songs. Songs like these remind me nights at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street.
Whip It On Me - Jessie Hill
Classic New Orleans R&B from the 50s and 60s. It has the stylings of any classic R&B song from the time, but knowing the history behind the Jessie Hill and his family makes this song and other songs stand out. Any time I hear a song from the Hill/Nelson camp, I'm reminded of the 'Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar', Trumpet Black, The Heart Attacks and 'Blue Mondays'. It's a piece of song history that doesn't get covered all the time in the city by current musicians, but every time I've played it with musicians that have a connection to it; you can't fight the feeling and spirit of the city.
Words by Tyrus Chapman
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