Shout-Out in The Sunday Times (London)

“Music is the fast-beating heart of Louisiana. The state is the proud birthplace of jazz, but it’s not resting on its laurels. This small but gifted pocket of the United States has spawned some of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen, and it remains a breeding ground for the best in jazz, blues, hip-hop, country, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll.

Louisianans know how to have a good time. Carnival is a festive season of parades and parties throughout the state that culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before the penitent season of Lent begins.

If you like your music all in one place, The Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette has become one of the foremost honky-tonk venues for roots music in the USA, providing a space for local blues, folk, funk, Zydeco and Cajun dancehall artists to showcase their talents.

Just outside New Orleans, the Gretna Heritage Festival, in October, adds craft beer, a giant food tent and arts and crafts to its mix of music. Past headliners include The Beach Boys, Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr.

Louisianan musicians tend to be loyal to their state, and those who make it big have been known to play homecoming concerts in intimate venues as a thank-you to the place where it all started.”

 

The Sunday Times, published January 26, 2016

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