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Eddie Bo

Eddie Bo is a New Orleans landmark. One of the classic generation of pianists that includes Allen Toussaint and Huey "Piano" Smith, he had several strong regional hits in the early 1960s, all featuring a rocking Caribbean rhythm and off-beat humor (one classic has the tag line: "Confucious say, 'Every Dog Has His Day'"). Today, Bo remains a stalwart of the French Quarter, playing most afternoons of the week at Margaritaville. He was playing the gig for years before Jimmy Buffett bought the club and changed its name, and he is set to remain there into the foreseeable future.
       Along with his musicianship, Bo is a street corner philosopher and an evocative booster for his hometown sound. "There's that mysticism, that little extra beat that you can always tell comes from New Orleans," he says. It's an extra beat inside the beat that we can't seem to explain to people. We call it a stutter step, that extra step that the second liners do [in the street parades]. We incorporate that from when we are children, and when you hear it, then you know it, 'cause there's only one set of people that's able to bring that forth, to incorporate that extra little thing that's going on in there. Mister, you can tell New Orleans anywhere you go."

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