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Roy Head during his interview at the Ponderosa Stomp's 3rd Annual Music History Conference at the Louisiana State Museum in the Cabildo in New Orleans on September 25, 2010.  <br />
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Roy Head was the singer for the "Roy Head and the Traits", known for his flamboyant and energetic live performances.  With the Traits, Head had a string of top 100 hits in the mid 1960s, including the massive "blue eyed soul" hit "Treat Her Right", which reached number two.  After the Traits disbanded in 1968, Head's musical focus turned to country, where he had more than 20 top 100 hits in the next two decades on the country charts.<br />
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"Blue eyed soul" is a genre so named because it describes white musicians performing music originally played or in the style of black musicians, specifically those playing "soul" music or "rhythm and blues" as found on such labels as Stax and Motown.  The genre rides the very fine line between appropriation and exploitation, especially in its early years as white bands recorded what were seen as watered down versions of original black songs to more popular acclaim.  It could be argued that this process has never really stopped, up to the present day.  In any case, "blue eyed soul" is credited with expanding the audience for both soul music and rhythm and blues in general. <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 did not make them famous.

Roy Head during his interview at the Ponderosa Stomp's 3rd Annual Music History Conference at the Louisiana State Museum in the Cabildo in New Orleans on September 25, 2010.

Roy Head was the singer for the "Roy Head and the Traits", known for his flamboyant and energetic live performances. With the Traits, Head had a string of top 100 hits in the mid 1960s, including the massive "blue eyed soul" hit "Treat Her Right", which reached number two....
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