On this Mardi Gras day, we mourn the passing of Herman "Roscoe" Ernest, one of New Orleans great drummers. Ernest has been the drummer in Dr. John's band since the mid-1970s. We worked with him last year for our American Music Masters celebration of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew--The Lower 911 were the house band for the night. It was such a blast to see him play. When Jason and I first met him at a Dr. John show in New Orleans in September, he was very excited about AMM and so helpful to us about the program. Watching him rehearse and perform was a real privilege--he was the keeper of the funk, and knew the secret to all those New Orleans rhythms.
Our condolences to Herman's family and friends, Dr. John, and the members of the Lower 911.