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Shreveport Music before Modern Media

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167511
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850099 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167511.003.0003

Series: American Musicspheres

Shreveport Music before Modern Media

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The music in Shreveport during the 19th century travelled the same river and land routes as the steamboats and overland pioneers. It also grew in the form of the local practices that characterized the region's daily life. During this time, large-scale minstrel shows and the music of brass bands were the most common form of entertainment in Shreveport. In the 20th-century rhythm-and-blues made KWKH and the Louisiana Hayride a nurturing studio sideman which gave the country musical sensibilities. According to earlier musicians, these players were not ground breaking but tradition building. Long before the end of World War II, black and white musicians played music together around Shreveport. Also, looking at the influence of the region of Northwest Louisiana adds a critical dimension to the question of the rise in the roots of musical scholarship and issues of cultural dynamics.

Keywords: 19th century; Shreveport; minstrel; brass bands; sensibilities; tradition; cultural dynamics

Chapter.  7860 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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