New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy
The New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy has both a short and a long history. Born of a hurricane, the Rhythm Conspiracy was formed by Jack Cruz, George Sartin and Sally Stevens during their Hurricane Katrina evacuation to Memphis, as a way to pay homage to and continue New Orleans' musical and cultural legacy, a legacy that began with an intense rhythmic collaboration of two cultures - Native American and African - long ago in Congo Square. Bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer, Jack Cruz is best known for his long association with Walter "Wolfman" Washington, as well as James Booker, Mighty Sam McClain and other New Orleans musical luminaries. Sally Stevens, a community organizer and cultural activist, organized the New Orleans Blues Project, a music and cultural economic development project and managing organization of The BLUES HIGHWAY Millennium Trail, a designation received from the Clinton Administration's White House Millennium Council.