Gary tipped me off to this interview with Austin’s own Cyril Neville.
A couple of choice bits:
Everybody who had obligations to help out didn’t.
Huh? This kind of shit just reinforces the rest of the country’s perception that we’re just sitting here waiting for help to arrive. And it’s an insult to all those who did so much. Yeah, we’re all still pissed at a lot of people, but we’re also trying to take care of business.
My sister-in-law’s house, which I’ve been staying at off and on when I come back, it’s easier for her to drive across the lake [nearby] to go shopping than it is for her to drive all the way uptown to the one Walmart that they have there on Annunciation Street. It’s going to be a long time before the overall city itself is back to anywhere close that it used to be. Yes the French Quarter is there and they can build casinos anywhere they want now — they don’t have to go offshore.
Yeah, New Orleans sucks now that it’s so hard to get to the WalMart.
Look, I’m happy for what he’s doing for the wetlands, but he bashes the city whose allure pays his bills, and then he shortchanges the people who’ve dedicated the last 4 1/2 years to getting things going again.
We wore “Never Brothers” t-shirts to the first JazzFest after the levee failures, and Cyril makes it tempting to break those out again.