South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun BayousSouth to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous

Updated and substantially revised second edition due by April 2019. See Press Release for more info

First edition, 1983. Published by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, Louisiana.

South to Louisiana” remains the preeminent source of historical/biographical data for the multi-musical genres prevalent in South Louisiana. Kudos to John Broven for awakening others to the significance of our musical culture. It certainly provided the impetus for my self-publication of “Memories: A Pictorial History of South Louisiana Music.” – Johnnie Allan, top swamp pop artist, November 2008.

From the inner-jacket blurb:
For years the music of South Louisiana was confined to the bayou country itself. But today such artists as Doug Kershaw, Jimmy C. Newman, and Zydeco King Clifton Chenier have gained national recognition, and the special sounds of South Louisiana are being listened to – and appreciated – throughout North America and Europe. Now, in “South to Louisiana,” John Broven provides the first comprehensive look at the history of this unique regional music.

Through months of field trips and library research, Broven has compiled an in-depth study of the South Louisiana sound, from early Cajun and Cajun-country, through zydeco and blues, swamp pop, and the current Cajun revival. He focuses on the creative and ambitious record men of South Louisiana, their talented artists, and the music they have created together.

Using extensive personal interviews, Broven has interpreted the story of the music in the words of the participants themselves.  Rare photographs and song lyrics provide additional insight.

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