The Kinks’ lead singer, Ray Davies, shares his thoughts on New Orleans and the importance it has played in shaping modern music. Incidentally he was shot in the French Quarter last year. Ouch.

“But the reality is that without its music New Orleans would have been a forgotten city long ago. The music of the American South inspired me and helped to shape me as a musician. They say that jazz started on Perdido Street in New Orleans and even Louis Armstrong honed his trade in the honky-tonks on Bourbon Street.

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*Listen to this KCRW 1998 in house performance HERE…

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