The Ponderosa Stomp: 2009 Edition

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Norman Odam, aka the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, performs at the 8th annual Ponderosa Stomp, held at the House of Blues in New Orleans on April 28, 2009. <br />
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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy is a musician from Texas, most famous for his minor 1968 hit "Paralyzed", a spastic, unintelligible, frantic mess of a song, which no one seems to know is a serious musical endeavor or not.  Regardless, it helped the Legendary Stardust Cowboy achieve brief fame as he performed on the television show "Laugh In".  A subsequent song "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship" was covered by David Bowie, who has admitted to previously cribbing from Odam- apparently the "Stardust" in "Ziggy Stardust" was taken from the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's name.  Bowie has also said that "Paralyzed" was one of the worst songs he had ever heard.  <br />
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The Ponderosa Stomp is an annual music festival held in New Orleans since 2002 that celebrates the uncelebrated names in American musical history.  The festival spotlights musicians who have contributed to the American roots musical canon in various genres, from rockabilly to soul to rock and roll to jazz to experimental.  For two nights of the year these mostly forgotten names perform to an audience of aficionados whose memory has not faded and turn back the clock with blistering performances of the hits that did or (in the case of the regional musicians that plugged away unknown to the world at large, as well as those whose songs were recorded to acclaim by other musicians) did not make them famous.

Norman Odam, aka the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, performs at the 8th annual Ponderosa Stomp, held at the House of Blues in New Orleans on April 28, 2009.

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy is a musician from Texas, most famous for his minor 1968 hit "Paralyzed", a spastic, unintelligible, frantic mess of a song, which no one seems to know is a serious musical endeavor or not. Regardless, it helped the Legendary Stardust Cowboy achieve brief fame as he performed on the...
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