It’s not always easy to get a feel for a city, especially one as multifaceted as New Orleans. With all of the focus on the raucous aspects of the French Quarter, it’s difficult to see the real NOLA. It hit me while doing laundry in the J&M Studios building (now a laundromat) that Ray Charles used in the early 1950’s to spark the beginnings of rock and roll … New Orleans is of critical importance to the cultural and musical history.

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