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Lousiana Music Released by Da Capo Press

Louisiana has spawned some serious musical talent across a variety of genres: Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, the Meters, the Marsalises, Jelly Roll Morton, Lucinda Williams, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, the Neville Brothers, Mahalia Jackson-the list goes on and on. What is it about the Pelican State specifically that creates stars such as these?

Author Rick Koster, who previously wrote Texas Music (St. Martin’s), surveys Louisiana’s musical past, present and future in his latest book, Louisiana Music: A Journey from R&B to Zydeco, Jazz to Country, Blues to Gospel, Cajun Music to Swamp Pop to Carnival Music and Beyond (Da Capo). It’s a lot of ground to cover and, amazingly, Koster does it in only 320 pages. Within those pages he explains how the talent that has emerged from Lousiana relates not only to the state’s musical traditions, but also to its food, drink and sweltering summers. Louisiana Music is available in stores now.

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