Louisianaâ€™s Interstate 10 corridor between New Orleans and Lafayette has been described as the â€œmost musical 125 miles on Earth.â€ It is famously the birthplace of jazz, zydeco, and Cajun music, and also has its own brand of funk and R&B. But New Orleans and South Louisiana also have a strong blues tradition, which exists below the radar yet provides the DNA for much of the Pelican Stateâ€™s other music.
Still Singing the Blues is a two-part, two-hour radio documentary series featuring musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and more commercial rhythm-and-blues. Part 1, also called “Still Singing the Blues,” burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans. Part 2, called “Crescent City Blues,” takes listeners into the New Orleans neighborhood joints that keep the blues and R&B alive.
The programs have played on community and public radio stations across the country. They are now available for listening online.
To hear more from the featured artistsâ€”and other musical greatsâ€”click Meet the Musicians.
For links to musiciansâ€™ web sites, musical venues, non-profit organizations that support Louisiana music, and places that sell CDs, click Learn More.
We will document future updates on this site, as well as post more information about the blues scene, here: Read the Blog.