The Ponderosa Stomp's big weekend


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In case you missed the Ponderosa Stomp, there were some notable highlights. Ronnie Spector sang "Happy Birthday" to Stomp founder Dr. Ira Padnos Saturday on the mainstage. But one of the unexpected highlights was The Relatives, a gospel, soul and R&B band from Dallas (pictured in a TV appearance from 1974). The band wasn't originally scheduled, but its record company, Heavy Light Records, called Padnos and said it wanted to send the band anyway. The band brought the house down with an ecstatic set of funky R&B and soul. And for an encore, two of the bandleaders presided over a marriage ceremony in the Voodoo Garden later that evening. Other highlights included Duane Eddy's closing set, Red Simpson, the name in truck-driving music (yes, he sang "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves"), giving the crowd a preview of a new song he's working on about booze goggling, and Sugar Pie DeSanto (known for the 1960 RY&B hit "I Want to Know") pulled a man on stage to dance with her, but mostly with her clinging to him with her legs wrapped around his waist. Barbara Lynn plays somewhat regularly in New Orleans, often in showcases arranged by the Stomp, but she showed she can still sling a guitar as well as any R&B and blues player from her home state of Texas.


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