Now New Orleans' Jazz Fest is a wonderful thing, but there's only one Ponderosa Stomp. Jazz Fest muddies up the Jazz Fest thing with big wonderful Dave Matthews' Band shows and whatever, but every year Ponderosa Stomp gives you one of the most impressive, if not thee most impressive line-ups in the nation of traditional (both old and recent) Rock & Roll stars. And most importantly: This time I'll finally be in town for it. I was lucky enough to catch bands like The Staggers, Satelliters and of course the Sonics at last year's Cavestomp in New York, but now right in my old town I get to see (copied and pasted from here)
Wanda Jackson, Roddy Jackson, Alton Lott, Carl Mann, Johnny Powers, Jack Earls, Dale Hawkins, James Burton, Dan Penn And Bobby Emmons, Howard Tate, Otis Clay, The Hi Rhythm Section, The Remains, Question Mark And The Mysterians, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Bobby Patterson, Wiley And The Checkmates, The Bo-Keys, Lil Buck Senegal And The Top Cats Featuring Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural, Dennis Coffey, Robert Parker, Jivin Gene, Ray Sharpe, Long John Hunter, Texas Johnny Brown, Little Joe Washington, James Blood Ulmer Trio, L.C. Ulmer, Little Willie Littlefield, Lil Greenwood, Jerry McCain, Kenny And The Kasuals, Classie Ballou, Deke Dickerson And The Eccofonics, Roy Loney And Cyril Jordan Of The Flamin Groovies Backed By The A-Bones, and Lazy Lester.
Now I'll be honest, there's a lot of returning artists on here from last year and not too many new ones, especially for an event that has hosted acts like Link Wray, the Fabulous Wailers and, really, just look at this line-up. However, there are some pretty exciting new ones on there, such as Roy Loney backed by the A-Bones and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. But like I said, I haven't even seen the returning names, so there's absolutely no question that I'm excited.