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November 17, 2017


Todd Ortego

Great story Paul. Thanks for your words and appreciation.

Bernard Ussher

Great story. I learned a lot.

You have really penetrated the entire scene here in Acadiana

Well written

Bill Ives

I met Herman when I first went to the area. He worked for the St. Landry Tourist Office and told me about some great places to hear zydeco. He later gave gave me a shout out on his radio show.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

As anyone who has listened to his show knows, Herman is totally connected to his audience, often reads listeners email on air as a shout out, wishes listeners happy birthday, mentions people he's met (you, for example) all the while giving context to the music he's playing for three glorious hours every Saturday on Zydeco Stomp on KRVS-FM.

Bill Ives

The Musicians Clinic in New Orleans provides free medical services to musicians. Great story.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Thanks,Bill, this is what I was hoping to learn. The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation history is beautifully documented here

Its mission:
The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) evolved from the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC, established 1998) following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

NOMAF expands the services of the NOMC and its mission to keep New Orleans music ALIVE by sustaining New Orleans’ traditional music cultures. We do this by providing cost-efficient access to comprehensive, wellness education and preventive health care, mental health and social services. Regardless of the patients’ ability to pay, NOMC is the medical home for more than 2,500 local musicians and tradition bearers.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Lafayette musicians may benefit from resources from the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation

"The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic recognizes the need for outreach across our rich musical state, especially where our culture is rich and ‘alive’.... If you are a musician in the Lafayette area and need assistance, email me, Kathy Richard, at [email protected] call (337)652-5780.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Many thanks to Chantelle Trahan for her corrections with names, spellings and other details so I could get the story right. Mr. Rodney deserves no less!

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