East Texas/West Louisiana


October 12th, 2005 ~ Explore the musical territory of the Texas-Louisiana border: It's a fertile frontier where country, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, jazz, blues and boogie merge into one another. American Routes visits the flashy zydeco accordion man Nathan Williams; Shreveport, Louisiana, singer Dale Hawkins tells stories of his early rockabilly hit "Suzy Q"; and jazz pianist/songstress Nellie Lutcher talks about growing up in southwest Louisiana, then playing music in the other LA - Los Angeles.

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  • Open Bed: Houston Boogie Clifton Chenier
    Bon Ton Roulet, Arhoolie
  • Allons a Grand Coteau (Let's Go To Grand Coteau) Clifton Chenier
    Bogalusa Boogie, Arhoolie
  • Spoon Bread Lil Band of Gold
  • Northeast Texas Women Willis Allen Ramsey
    Willis Allen Ramsey, Koch
  • Lake Charles Lucinda Williams
    Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, Mercury
  • Cripple Creek The Band
    The Band, Capitol
  • Texas Hop Pee Wee Crayton
    Blues Masters Vol.3: Texas Blues, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: Nellie Lutcher
  • All Star Strut Charlie Christian
    The Genius of the Electric Guitar, Sony
  • Gulf Coast Special Adolph Hofner and His Orchestra
    OKeh Western Swing, Epic
  • Instrumental: Blues De Port Arthur Le Trio Cadien
    Le Trio Cadien, Rounder
  • Blues de Texas Dennis McGee
    The Complete Early Recordings 1929-1930, Yazoo
  • Texas Blues Robert Pete Williams
    I'm Blue As A Man Can Be, Vol.1, Arhoolie
  • Mean Ol' Lonesome Train Lightnin' Slim
    The Excello Story, Vol.2: 1955-1957, Hip-O
  • Me and Bobby McGee Janis Joplin
    Greatest Hits, Columbia/Legacy
  • Open Bed: Draggin' The Bow Harry Choates
    Freddie King of Cajun Swing, Arhoolie
  • Last Town I Painted George Jones
    Cup of Loneliness: The Mercury Years, Mercury
  • Little Liza Jane Hot Club of Cowtown
    Dev'lish Mary, Hightone
  • I Got Loaded Lil' Bob & The Lollipops
    Lafayette Soul Show, Kent
  • Groovin' Illinois Jacquet
    Flying Home The Best of the Verve Years, Verve
  • Going Back to Louisiana Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
    Back to Bogalousa, Blue Thumb
  • INTERVIEW: Nathan & Zydeco Cha Cha's
  • Instrumental: Ponderosa Stomp Lazy Lester
    House Rockin' & Hip Shakin' Vol.4: Bayou Blues Harp, Hip-O
  • My Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King) Slim Harpo
    Slim Harpo Sings Raining in My Heart, Hip-O
  • Lonesome Cabin Blues Mercy Dee Walton
    One Room Country Shack, Specialty
  • Pipeliner Blues Moon Mullican
    Sings His All Time Greatest,
  • INTERVIEW: Dale Hawkins
  • Texas Flood Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
    Texas Flood, Epic/Legacy
  • Storm in Texas (AKA Texas Flood) Whispering Smith
    House Rockin' & Hip Shakin' Vol.4: Bayou Blues Harp, Hip-O
  • Call It Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker
    The Very Best of T-Bone Walker: Blues Masters, Rhino
  • Long Telephone Port Arthur Cleveland Crochet
    Cleveland Crochet & All The Sugar Bees, Goldband
  • Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight Marcia Ball
    Circuit Queen, Capitol
  • End Bed: Beaumont Rag The Hackberry Ramblers
    Cajun Boogie, Flying Fish