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Fats Domino

Live from Austin, TX

(New West Records; US: 25 Jul 2006)

No one embodies that New Orleans rock and roll sound more than Fats Domino. He had his first hits way back in the early ‘50s and remains a symbol of the city’s musical heritage today. Domino and his big Crescent City band play a top notch set on this live from Austin City Limits television series soundtrack disc, which was originally recorded back in October 1986. The Fat Man shakes the ivories and pleasantly vocalizes through his classic repertoire: great songs like “I’m Walkin’”, “My Blue Heaven”, “Ain’t That a Shame”, and of course “Blueberry Hill”. But this was no nostalgia trip for the audience, Domino kept the material fresh through his inspired performances. He’s backed by a great group that includes trumpet player Dave Bartholomew, who wrote many of Domino’s hits and who many consider the person most responsible for the original New Orleans sound of the post-World War II period.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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