Don't know if you've caught the new David Simon (The Wire) series on HBO, but Treme is an interesting look at the citizens of New Orleans who struggled during the months after Hurricane Katrina. A huge part of the show focuses attention on the struggling local musicians who try to get back on their feet along with the city.Patrick Jarenwattananon and Josh Jackson have had an ongoing post-show email exchange after each episode over at NPR, including the most recent Episode Three: Playing For That Money. It's an interesting chat, and I've really been enjoying the show (though it's hard to tell where it's headed).
For reasons that are pretty obvious, this past week's episode reminded me of this short photo essay I shot during a 2008 trip to New Orleans.
BTW, Episode Two featured Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello recreating the recording of River In Reverse, which was indeed partially recorded in New Orleans very shortly after Katrina. Alas, it's totally unrealistic because producer Joe Henry is nowhere to be seen.