Shreveport Sounds in Black and White

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To borrow words from Stan "The Record Man" Lewis, Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of this nation's most important "regional-sound cities." Its musical distinctiveness has been shaped by individuals and ensembles, record label and radio station owners, announcers and disc jockeys, club owners and sound engineers, music journalists and musicians. The area's output cannot be described by a single genre or style. Rather, its music is a kaleidoscope of country, blues, R&B, rockabilly, and rock.

Shreveport Sounds in Black and White presents that evolution in a collection of scholarly and popular writing that covers institutions and people who nurtured the musical life of the city and surroundings. The contributions of icons like Leadbelly and Hank Williams, and such lesser-known names as Taylor-Griggs Melody Makers and Eddie Giles come to light. New writing explores the famed Louisiana Hay-ride, musicians Jimmie Davis and Dale Hawkins, local disc jockey "Dandy Don" Logan, and KWKH studio sound engineer Bob Sullivan. With glimpses into the lives of original creators, Shreveport Sounds in Black and White reveals the mix that emerges from the ongoing interaction between the city's black and white musicians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934110416
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kip Lornell teaches in the music department at the George Washington University. His research in American vernacular music has resulted in the publication of numerous articles and nine previous books, including Introducing American Folk Music and The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (with Charles Wolfe).

Tracey E. W. Laird is associate professor of music at Agnes Scott College and the author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     IX
Introduction     XI
Country     3
Introduction from Louisiana Hayride Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River   Tracey E. W. Laird     7
The Grigg Family and the Taylor-Griggs Melody Makers The History of a North Louisiana String Band   Monty Brown     18
The Cox Family   Susan Roach     30
Remembering Hiter Colvin, the Fiddle King of Oilfield and Gum Stump   J. Michael Luster     43
Sing It Good, Sing It Strong, Sing It Loud The Music of Governor Jimmie Davis   Kevin Fontenot     46
Louisiana's Honky-Tonk Man: Buddy Jones, 1935-41   Donald Lee Nelson     58
Interview with Horace Logan, October 13, 1976   Earl Porter     63
Getting the Sound Right Bob "Sully" Sullivan, KWKH, and the Louisiana Hayride   Steven Morewood     74
Beyond Country Music   Tracey E. W. Laird     105
Blues     137
Fannin Street   Charles Wolfe   Kip Lornell     140
Some Negro Songs Heard on the Hills of North Louisiana   Vallie Tinsley     153
Jerry's Saloon Blues 1940 Field Recordings from Louisiana   Paul Oliver     178
Jesse "Babyface" Thomas   Eleanor Ellis     192
The Flying Crow Blues   Paul Swinton     204
The Legend of Old Blue Goose   Dan Garner     210
Down-Home Postwar Blues in Shreveport   John M. Shaw     215
Radio, Records, and Rhythm     223
A Historical Study of Programming Techniques and Practices of Radio Station KWKH, Shreveport, LA, 1922-1950   Lillian Jones Hall     226
A Friend in Las Vegas   H. Allen Smith     237
Stan Lewis   Randy McNutt     248
"Reconsider Me" Margaret Lewis Warwick and the Louisiana Hayride   Tracey E. W. Laird     256
The Making of Dale Hawkins   David Anderson   Lesley-Anne Reed     268
The Life and Times of Dandy Don Logan   Don Logan     302
Shreveport Southern Soul The Murco Story   John Ridley     316
Eddie Giles and Reuben Bell Synonymous with Shreveport   John M. Shaw     323
Shreveport's Pop/Rock Music Scene The 1970s and 1980s   John Andrew Prime     338
Contributors     349
Credits     354
Index     357
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