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Duane Eddy answers a question 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 24, 2010.<br />
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Duane Eddy is perhaps the original guitar hero- breaking through in the late 1950s with the hit song "Rebel-Rouser" Eddy had a string of hits with his signature "twangy" guitar sound.  His instrumental tracks charted consistently in the 1960s and he was the first rock guitarist to have a model guitar named after him, in 1960.  While his production slowed somewhat after this decade he continued working with diverse artists through the years, including Willie Nelson, Art of Noise, and Ravi Shankar, creating hits all along the way.  Eddy was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.<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.  <br />
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In addition to the two nights of performances the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation (the non-profit founded by the eccentric Dr. Ira Padnos and his coterie of like minded music fanatics the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau) also produces two days of the Music History Conference, where many of the performers, as well as other music industry names, share stories of their lives in the business.  The Conferences take place in the Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo in Jackson Square.

Duane Eddy answers a question 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 24, 2010.

Duane Eddy is perhaps the original guitar hero- breaking through in the late 1950s with the hit song "Rebel-Rouser" Eddy had a string of hits with his signature "twangy" guitar sound. His instrumental tracks charted consistently in the 1960s and he was the first rock...
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