Billie Pierce

New Orleans Music

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Other than an obscure 1953 album and a few isolated titles, this LP (which reissues a Folklyric session) was the recording debut for the team of pianist/singer Billie Pierce and her husband, cornetist De De Pierce. Essentially a duet set (although Brother Randolph plays washboard on seven of the dozen numbers), the Pierces perform traditional New Orleans songs, some Dixieland standards, and even "You Can Depend On Me" and "The Peanut Vendor" in spirited fashion. De De was a simple but talented cornetist, while Billie could hold her own as a pianist. Other highlights include "Eh La Bas," "You Can Depend on Me," "Mama Don't Allow" and "Panama." Thus far, this music has not reappeared on CD.