Chapter

Country Music Crossroads

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/9780195167511.003.0006

Series: American Musicspheres

Country Music Crossroads

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Louisiana Hayride was a big success in the music industry of the South. After it started, country music could reach a larger audience. World War II had a huge part in catalyzing country music's ascent to all regions of the nation. During this time, radio stations tapped into the booming demand for country music matching the burgeoning of the postwar radio industry. Though the notion of radio barn dance was not new, the Louisiana Hayride was one among many radio shows devoted to live Saturday night country performances which followed the basic format of alternating comedy parts, country songs, advertisements, and gospel tunes. Unlike the other shows of that time, Hayride stood out as a lightning rod for talent for an iconic era.

Keywords: catalyzing; country music's; Shreveport; postwar period; advertisements; iconic era; radio

Chapter.  15684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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