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One of the greatest blues musician in the greatest New Orleans area is J. Monque’d.
J. Monque’d comes from the school of the musicians, who say that If you are going to play the blues, you have to got to live the blues. The live of J. Monque’d is the story of powerty, hardships, alcoholism, Vietnam, divorce and drugs. J. Monque’d has lived his own story of the blues. He was born in to a family of Native-American, Cajun and African-American J. Monque’d lived with his grandparents in Pointe á la Hache in Acadiana country of Louisiana.
His grandmother gave him his first harmonica, when he was 4 years old and taught him the traditional song “Trouble in mind”. J.Monque’d made a tour of duty in Vietnam and made a stint in prison for stalking his ex-wife.
He worked in sugarcane fields and drove trucks in farmareas. Also he worked in the French Quarter in Bourbon Street. Having seen the more desperate side of live, it is always evident in his music. He has been playing professionally in New Orleans since he was 13 years old.
The people asked him to play in clubs, at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and on radio. He has played with R&B greats like Dr. John and Earl King. But when he played on his own material, the people get the best music. He has three CDs to his credit. His first CD, “Butter Churnin’ Man “, cut on an Austrian
label in 1993, is now again available on CD.
The other two releases are perfect vehicles for the musician, featuring songs he wrote and performs. The harmonica licks are always full energy and feeling.
The CD: “After the Beep” – has great songs that reflect the unique heritage of New Orleans, such as “Harmoni Gras”. He and blues diva Marva Wright get down on the great tune, „Indian Princess.“ The other CD. Chittlin’ Eatin‘ Music, is also an album, released in 2000, again features tunes written by Monque’D. with titles like „Rough and Rocky Road“ and „My Home Is a Prison“ . The song „Whiz Bang“ brought some
well-deserved national attention to this New Orleans blues master. Art Neville, also from New Orleans and “the Father of Funk”, played with the Meters the Neville Brothers, is also present on this CD. So if you want to listen to great blues music from the New Orleans area, you must buy this CD. J.Monque’d was inducted into the Blues Hall of
Fame in 1999.
J. Monque D – Butter Churnin Man13,30 € incl. 20% Ust