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Mashed Potato Records launches New Orleans street scene recording project 

The label from Sam Doores and Duff Thompson hosts a kickoff at The Tigermen Den Jan. 12

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Photo by Sarrah Danziger

After rambling into town as a busking son of Woody Guthrie, rolling into the tumbling Tumbleweeds, and setting up the New Orleans tent in the acclaimed traveling country circus The Deslondes, singer-songwriter Sam Doores' next act is setting out to capture that often-ephemeral spirit on tape. For Mashed Potato Records' debut project, Doores partnered with Duff Thompson to record New Orleans' street singers and musicians, inspired by Alan Lomax's crucial field recordings and compilations that introduced countless artists to the music that ultimately would influence them. Starting in 2016, Thompson and Bill Howard started recording artists — in single takes, all live — on a reel-to-reel machine set up in vans and downtown home studio setups. Those recordings will be released in a series of compilations by Mashed Potato Records, collecting snapshots from New Orleans' cosmic country-folk scene — Carver Baronda, Max Bien-Kahn, Thompson and the Full Grown Men, the Good Gollies, Jackson and the Janks, Esther Rose and many others. The label kicks off a fundraising campaign with performances from Jackson and the Janks, Pony Hunt, Duff Thompson and the Invisible Mans, and longtime street-raised jazz ensemble Tuba Skinny (pictured), connecting the dots from the last decade of the city's street artistry to the next. Admission $10. 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal St., (504) 451-1280; www.thetigermenden.com.

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