Synopses & Reviews
What is it about Louisiana that breeds and attracts musicians? There are literally hundreds of themDr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, the Neville family, the Marsalis familyall part of a tradition going back to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, and Mahalia Jackson. Tackling the monumental task of surveying the lush musical landscape of the state, Rick Koster examines all of the ingredients that went into creating this hotbed of talentthe social influences, the musical traditions, the food, the drink, the heatand introduces us to the stars, both local and national, who have emerged. Discover the past and present of jazz, rock, zydeco, R&B, gospel, blues, country, and straight-up rock 'n' roll; learn too about the styles unique to Louisiana, like voodoo music, swamp pop, second-line brass bands, and Mardi Gras Indian tribes. With the laid-back charm and easy appeal that defines the state, Koster has created a survey as uniquely and teemingly rich with sound and story as the place itself.
The first and only guide to all the music and musicians, young and old, of America's most raucous, rocking state
About the Author
Rick Koster is a journalist and the author of Texas Music. He lives in New London, Connecticut.