The Southern Expat Communique: New York observations of a displaced belle


5 Reasons You Should Check Out My Wedding…Website

So, I admittedly have the best photographer in the world, Babs Evangelista. So, she makes everything look magical. So magical in fact, that we asked (and she happily accepted) that she reimagine our wedding website. Here are 5 leeeetle reasons you should check it out:

1. Aforementioned fantastic photographer with an incredible instinct for great photo shoot locations.

2. You’ll get great restaurant and entertainment tips about New Orleans.

3. I write really compelling bios about my bridesmaids.

4. What else are you really doing at midnight on a Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday, etc…)

5. My wedding has bagpipes AND a brass band (Hot 8!!!). What?!

I hope you like what we’ve put together! See you on 21 April!!

xobao

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Farewell to blues legend, Pinetop Perkins…

It’s a sad day indeed when you learn that Pinetop Perkins has left us for good. I’ve been going to the King Biscuit Blues Festival (for a time the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival) in Helena, Arkansas, since 1997 with few exceptions. Each year, I looked forward to the late afternoon, Saturday performance of the legend that was Pinetop Perkins. I once saw a little 10-year-old girl shove her way to the front of the stage to scream his name as if he were Justin Beiber. He had a hold on a crowd, young and old alike.

Pinetop was essential to the blues careers of many who pre-deceased him: Sonny Boy Williamson to name one notable Arkansan. Pinetop was a key fixture on the King Biscuit Time radio show. The careers of B.B. King and Muddy Waters owe a serious nod to Mr. Perkins and his distinctive Delta Blues style, too.

You will be missed, my friend. King Biscuit Saturdays on the levee won’t be the same without you.

For the Commercial Appeal‘s short tribute, check out the story here.

the levee wall in Helena on a beautiful King Biscuit Blues Fest Day