Get the Mayfield Story Right

When Keith Spera interviewed Irvin Mayfield after one of his birthday gigs at the Little Gem Saloon in December, Mayfield said, “I’m trying to do the best I can do, doing my job, when I get up there…. When you’ve got kids, when you’ve got to pay the bills … that recording session doesn’t care about Entergy. Practice doesn’t care if it’s Christmas—you still have to practice….

Treme: The Wrong People

[Updated] [Spoiler Alert] "When people start thinking that money is the fuckin' answer, you get a whole 'nother set of problems," Big Chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) says in the concluding episode of Treme. "Money didn't make New Orleans, not the New Orleans I know, anyway. And money alone ain't going to save it." The relationship between money - or more accurately, the culture that surrounds those who really know how to make it - and New Orleans was one of the major themes this season, just as it was post-Katrina.

Treme: The New New Orleans

[Spoiler Alert] There are ways in which this season of Treme is very specific to its moment - the NOAH story, particularly - but just as the production opened its timeline to include the Memorial Auditorium story that actually took place in 2009, it feels like this season is talking as much about where New Orleans is now as where it was in 2007 and 2008. Perhaps that's because some of the issues we're dealing with now started to come into focus then, or maybe it's because their roots were in this time period.

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