Shreveport Sounds in Black and White

Shreveport Sounds in Black and White

Kip Lornell and Tracey E. W. Laird

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781934110416

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Abstract

To borrow words from Stan “The Record Man” Lewis, Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of America’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. This book 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 its surroundings. The contributions of icons such as 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, the book reveals the mix that emerges from the ongoing interaction between the city’s black and white musicians.