What do you get when you blend blues, psychedelic rock, funk and the many other sounds of New Orleans, bring it all to a boil, and let it simmer? You get the music of Papa Mali.

The singer-songwriter has been a recording artist and touring musician for decades, but he’s probably best known as the leader of the critically acclaimed 7 Walkers since 2009. That stacked lineup includes three musical icons: bassist George Porter Jr. of the Meters, and drummer Bill Kreutzmann and lyricist Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead. When he’s not on tour with the group, you can find him at home in New Orleans, where regularly performs (under normal circumstances, at least) with his own band, Double Uptown Shotgun.

Papa Mali’s debut album Thunder Chicken was called “one of the few truly wild and unruly records to come from the rock ‘n’ roll tradition in the 21st century.” He released his most recent album, Music is Love, in 2015.

Papa Mali joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen to tell us more about his life and career in music.