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The music of Louisiana can be divided into four general regions. Southwest Louisiana, (Lake Charles area), Southern Louisiana, west of New Orleans (Opelousas and Lafayette; often called Acadiana) the southeast, the region in and around Greater New Orleans has a unique musical heritage tied to Dixieland jazz, blues and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The northern portion of the state starting at Alexandria and reaching Shreveport shares the similarities with the rest of the US South.
Louisiana is the birthplace of America's only indigenous art form – jazz – but Louisiana also is home to a host of musical styles ranging from country, gospel and blues to hip hop, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. We enjoy an embarrassment of riches in musical talent. From the days of Louis Armstrongand Sidney Bechet to names like Pete Fountain and Al Hirt, to Kermit Ruffins and Trombone Shorty; from piano innovators Jelly Roll Morton and Professor Longhair to contemporary treasure Allen Toussaint; from Cajun star Zachary Richard and zydeco "king" Clifton Chenier to Beau Soleil and Rockin' Dopsie; from legendary bands like the Neville Brothers to some of the world's biggest musical names, including Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr.; Louisiana has produced an incredible wealth of musical talent. The fruits of their influence – and many of the artists – appear on stages large and small throughout the state. When you come to Louisiana, don't miss the music!
When someone would ask my uncle Boog how to make a gumbo he would always answer with "First ya make a Roux".
You cannot have a good gumbo without first the good base. You cannot enjoy the taste of good gumbo without the love and desire for the taste for some of the best food on the face of the earth The origin of this supurb food comes from Louisiana and is eaten in some variation around the world.
I am not going to get into how to prepare it because the only justice I can give a good Gumbo is with a spoon. If you want more information on Gumbo, there are plenty of sites with instructions on how to prepare it and its origins.
Not unlike gumbo, Swamp Pop, Cajun and Zydeco music are Louisiana born. Like the Gumbo the Cajun and Zydeco music has roots going back to the 1800's in Louisiana. Swamp Pop music first originated in Louisianain in the 1950's. Like the Gumbo this music has a good base and is performed by bands worldwide today as it was years ago.
There is a true love by these artists for their music some performing 3 or 4 times a week with little or no compensation.
We will attempt to pay tribute to some of the Legends from Louisiana that have devoted their lives to their music and not for selfesh reasons but to help secure their heritage and their culture.
Swamp Pop, Zydeco and Cajun music are still around and still performed by bands around the world. It is not exaggerated to say Louisiana has influnced music worldwide. Louisiana has produced many important musical styles and definitive and talented performers. Every part of the state has made important contributions.
The music of Louisiana, like other cultural aspects of the state, can be divided in to three general regions. The south-west of the state is dominated by Cajun culture. The northern half of the state shares the most similarities with the rest of the U S South. To the south east, the area in and around New Orleans and Baton Rouge has its own unique musical heritage.
Southwest Louisiana's main musical genres Zydeco, Swamp Pop, and Cajun/Creole, are rich with personalities and reverence for tradition. This area has many artists and songs that have become international hits, won Grammy awards, and become highly sought after by collectors. The lyrics and rhythms of the songs themselves remind the listener of the past, and the institutions developed and abandoned along the way. musical heritages.
Shreveport is vitally important in the histories of country music, rockabilly, and the blues. So are such other North Louisiana cities as Monroe, Alexandria, and Ferriday, and the adjacent rural reaches of the Delta parishes, the piney woods, and the Kisatchie Forest. Gospel music is also a significant tradition in these areas as well as throughout the entire state, in both black and white communities.
The region's location, bordered by Texas on the west and the Mississippi Delta on the east has not led to a development of a "local" music. Traditional and modern country music has been dominant, creating its own country stars.However, northern Louisiana's lasting contribution to the world of popular music was the radio program "The
However, northern Louisiana's lasting contribution to the world of popular music was the radio program "The Louisiana Hayride", which started broadcasting in 1948 on KWKH in Shreveport. Hank Williams, George Jones, Elvis Presley and nearly every other country legend, or future country legend alive during the 1950s stepped on stage at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. They performed, many for the first time on radio, on a signal that covered much of the southeastern US. The original production of the show ended in 1960, but re-runs and the occasional special broadcast continued for a few years. The Louisiana Hayride was regarded as a stepping stone to The Grand Old Opera, the legendary radio show from WSM in Nashville, Tennessee.