Tuesday 4th March, 2014
To celebrate Mardi Gras grab a free download of 'Steamin Blues' - a Mardi Gras anthem from the late Shotgun Joe Williams.
Steamin Blues” was written by Joseph Williams, aka Shotgun Joe - influenced by the blues and Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. As part of a conversation the Hot 8 were having about local radio never playing brass band music unless it was Mardi Gras, Joseph said “I’m going to make a song that they will play at Mardi Gras every year”.
At the time Hot 8 didn't have an album out, but after Joesph died the band's leader Bennie Pete said “I decided to hold onto Shotgun Joe’s original music and spread this out throughout the bands recordings so that Joe and his music could stay around and have a really big impact years after his death”.