Beyond Country Music

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167511
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850099 | DOI:

Series: American Musicspheres

Beyond Country Music

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As KWKH's Louisiana Hayride continued to bloom, they scheduled a guest appearance for Elvis Presley. From that moment a new sapling was planted which exposed its country roots. Ironically, Presley's ascendance to fame, for Louisiana Hayride marked the show's gradual decline. Throughout the postwar decades, the United States experienced the most radical social upheaval it had seen since the Civil War and this resulted in the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. Shreveport's 1950s music scene emerged from the dynamic postwar era that wrought rockabilly.

Keywords: Louisiana Hayride; Elvis Presley; social upheaval; race; Thirteenth Amendment; rockabilly

Chapter.  11698 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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