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Backwater Blues
by Irma Thomas
From the Big Apple to the Big Easy were New York City's benefit concerts for the Gulf Coast. They were a collaborative effort between Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. The purpose was to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The simultaneous concerts took place on September 20, 2005. Proceeds have reached approximately $9 million, which was directed to the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, Habitat for Humanity, MusiCares, and the Children's Health Fund. (wiki)


From: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/22/arts/music/rolling-rhythms-to-beat-the-bayou-blues.html :

Backstage, Ms. Thomas said that both her house and the club she owns, the Lion's Den, were badly flooded. "We're among the New Orleans easters who lost everything," she said. "But we're gonna be all right." Onstage, backed by Ry Cooder, Lenny Kravitz and Buckwheat Zydeco, she sang a riveting, unsparing version of Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues": "When it thunders and lightnin' and the wind begins to blow/ There's thousands of people ain't got no place to go."

Bonus clip: https://youtu.be/OV6s3_0Kr28
This is from Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
2005
Posted: 20th May 2017
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