Interview date: 7.24.03
Virtually all New Orleanians know Al Johnson affectionately as "Carnival Time Al Johnson". A genuine New Orleans musical treasure, Al wrote one of Mardi Gras' most popular songs--, "Carnival Time"-- in 1959 when he was17 years old. His latest song, "Lower Ninth Ward Blues", has been called the Katrina Anthem. In this moving work, Al expresses his uncertainties about life after Katrina. By so doing he helps all of us to heal by recognizing we are not alone.
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