New Orleans Musicians Show Love and Support for Lil' Queenie

For season one of HBO’s Treme, music supervisor Blake Leyh wanted to include a performance by Lil’ Queenie, but the show aimed for chronological accuracy and she wasn’t in New Orleans when the series’ story started in late 2005. Leigh “Lil’ Queenie” Harris had been a talent big enough to be known solely by her nickname before Katrina, but since she never moved back after evacuating, her voice and presence has been absent from the new New Orleans. 

The Continental Drifters Look Back on "Drifted" and Its Covers

Today, Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond documents The Continental Drifters’ early years in Los Angeles and the band's love of cover songs. Once a version of the band moved to New Orleans in 1993, their shows regularly included musical guests, and accommodating them required the band to learn to play other people’s songs. As bassist Mark Walton says, that wasn’t his forte, but it became one of the band’s hallmarks. 

The Continental Drifters Look Back on "Drifted"

The Continental Drifters were inevitable at a number of levels. Why wouldn’t musicians with similar record collections want to get together to write, sing and play? People do it every day in every city in America. In their case though, the city was Los Angeles so the quality and profile of the players were elevated, but the same basic impulses that lead to every band led to The Continental Drifters.

The dB's Grow Up and Are Okay with It

I suspect that if they’re honest, fans of The dB’s always wanted to be Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey. Not in real life, but the Holsapple’s songs had a clever quality that came from intelligence and wit, and Stamey’s felt emotionally open without being James Tayloresque. Both were admirable artistic personas, and the fact they were harnessed to pop songs that also embodied those qualities made the band even more appealing.

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