Spotlight on History
The LDMA is highlighting country music in Louisiana during September in honor of the premiere of Ken Burns’ Country Music on September 15th on LPB. In a state rich with diverse musical talent, it is no surprise that Louisiana has produced a number of legendary country music performers. Louisiana is also the home of the famous Louisiana Hayride show at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and several other well-known country music venues around the state. Start enjoying a few of our best stories on country music here:
Tag along with Louisiana: The State We’re In to hear some classic country music on a Saturday night in Walker in Livingston Parish, including a performance by Louise Mandrell.
Learn more about the history of country music in this Louisiana: The State We’re In interview with Bill Malone, a country music historian at Tulane University.
Watch Governor Davis, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, discuss his songs “You Are My Sunshine” and “Nobody’s Darling But Mine” in this Louisiana Legends interview.
View a Louisiana Legends interview with Gilley, a country music singer from Ferriday, on his music and his club’s role in starting the urban cowboy movement. See his 2012 interview here.
See a documentary on the history of radio in Louisiana, including the importance of the Louisiana Hayride, a country music show broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport.
In this “What’s In a Name” segment from Lost Louisiana, enjoy a visit to Abita Springs in St. Tammany Parish, the home of the Abita Springs Opry at the Abita Springs Town Hall.
Watch a visit to Start in Richland Parish, the hometown of country music singer Tim McGraw, in this “What’s In a Name” segment from Lost Louisiana.
View a Louisiana Legends interview with James Burton of Shreveport, an influential country and rock guitarist who has played with Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, and many more.
See a Louisiana Legends interview with Brooks, a native of Shreveport, member of Brooks & Dunn, the host of American Country Countdown, and a 2019 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In this story from Louisiana: The State We’re In, watch Natasha Williams’ visit to the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium for a concert celebrating the legacy of the Louisiana Hayride.
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