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The music of Louisiana can be divided into four general regions. Acadiana Southwest Louisiana, (Lake Charles/Lafayette area), Southeast, (Greater New Orleans), Northern portion of the state starting at Alexandria and reaching Shreveport. 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.
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. Louisiana music comes with a good base with artist and fans that have a true love for their music. 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 Louisiana in the 1950's. 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. 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 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.