HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon.
Brentt Arcement grew up as a drummer in New Orleans and took his musical skills to Los Angeles where he carved out a career as an A-list drummer, playing with Fiona Apple, Live, and many other big-name artists.
But the show-stopping sentence in this conversation is when Brentt gets onto the subject of how he met, became friends with, and even lived with none other than Dennis Rodman. You'll be pleased to learn that Dennis is not just a regular guy.
If you think Dennis Rodman has a unique life, wait till you hear about the people Katie Sikora hangs out with. Katie is one of the creators of an online undertaking called The Sexism Project. Katie, a photographer, photographs and interviews women in particular industries about their relationship to sexism. So far the project has examined the lives of women in the New Orleans music industry and the New Orleans sex industry. It's hard to put into words on a page, here, just how riveting these photographs and conversations are. Katie is one of these people who move to New Orleans (5 years ago) and find the fertile soil they need to flourish.
Piano player, composer, and writer Tom McDermott moved to New Orleans in 1984. Tom is another New Orleanian who couldn't live anywhere else.
An insanely gifted player and disciple of James Booker, on this edition of Happy Hour Tom plays Professor Longhair's Tipitina and one of his own compositions, The Gospel Waltz That Wasn't.
Andrew Duhon says that sitting at this table of creatives he ought to play something polished, but opts to continue his tradition of trying out new songs on Happy Hour. This unitiled song (When The Fog Rolls In?) is a song Andrew wrote over the past couple of days and just finished today. It's beautiful, and about as close to perfect as you can get for first-time-out. If you're a Duhon fan this is a must-listen, if you're not a fan yet, you will be after you hear this.
This is our final show for 2018. It's been a great year for Happy Hour. We've met amazing New Orleanians, we've heard amazing music, and we've been lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time for podcasting and we've seen our audience grow beyond anything we ever imagined. If you're one of our regular listeners, thanks for hanging out with us on your podcast app or on Facebook, or Spotify, or wherever you find us. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.