Louisiana Folklife Recording Series

The Louisiana Folklife Recording Series, a project of the Louisiana Folklife Program, documents traditional musicians and storytellers which are not generally recorded on commercial labels. The recordings are available through cooperative agreements between the Louisiana Folklife Program/Division of the Arts and various Louisiana universities and recording companies. Information on availability of each album in the series is detailed below. In addition, copies are available for listening in many Louisiana parish and university libraries.

  • LFRS 1 Cornbread for Your Husband and Biscuits for Your Man - Mr. Clifford Blake, Sr. Calls the Cotton Press. Recordings of Natchitoches storyteller, blues and gospel singer, Clifford Blake, Sr. Interpretive booklet by D. Hatley, J.L. Dillard, and J. W. Byrd. CD. Calling the Cotton Press. Available from Louisiana Folklife Center.
  • LFRS 2 The North Louisiana Stringband. Features the late Ray Bebee on fiddle, former state champion. Central Louisiana old-time country music. Interpretive Booklet by Susan Roach. CD. Liner Notes. Available from Louisiana Folklife Center.
  • LFRS 3 Since Ol' Gabriel's Time: Hezekiah and the Houserockers. Features an old time blues/ jazz band from Ferriday, Louisiana. Interpretive notes by David Evans and H.F. Gregory. CD. Liner Notes. Available from Louisiana Folklife Center.
  • LRS 4 Octa Clark, Hector Duhon and the Dixie Ramblers: Ensemble Encore. Features old time Cajun music. Interpretive booklet by Barry Ancelet and Nicholas Spitzer. Cassette. Available from Rounder, One Camp Street, Cambridge, MA 02140, 617/354-0700, ROUN6011 (1983), $10.98.
  • LFRS 5 Drinkin' and Stinkin': Boogie Bill Webb. Features New Orleans-based blues guitarist and singer Boogie Bill Webb. Interpretive booklet by Nicholas Spitzer. Cassette and CD.Available from Flying Fish Records, 1304 West Schubert, Chicago, IL 60614, 312/528-5455, LP# FF-506, $9.98.
  • LFRS 6 Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music, 1934: The Lomax Recordings. A two piece set, documenting some of the earliest field recordings of Louisiana music. Interpretive booklet containing complete transcriptions and translations prepared by folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet and Florence Perinet of the University of Southwestern University. Available from Rounder Records as The Classic Louisiana Recordings: Cajun and Creole Music II, 1934-1937, ROUN1843 (1999), $15.98.
  • LFRS 7 The Country Three. Featurng old time country musicians Dink Barkdull, Elaine Barkdull, and Bob Lambert. LP only. Available from In the Pines, Inc. 620 Bath St, Metairie, LA 70001, 504/838-9063.
  • LFRS 8 Brownie Ford: Stories from Mountain, Swamps & Honky-Tonks. 23 songs by cowboy/ musician Thomas Edison "Brownie" Ford. CD. Liner Notes. Available on CD or cassette. Flying Fish Records, 1304 West Schubert, Chicago, Illinois, 60614, 312/528-5455. LP# FF-70559.
  • LFRS 9 The Gospel Train: Zion Travelers, Spiritual Singers from Baton Rouge, LA. Featuring a cappella quartet. Cassette. Liner Notes. Available from Zion Travelers, c/o Robert McKinnis, 10084 Ave K, Baton Rouge, LA 70807, (225) 272-3220. Or from the Louisiana Folklife Center.
  • LFRS 10 The Hackberry Ramblers: Cajun Boogie. 13 songs by Cajun swing band. Interpretive notes by Barry Jean Ancelet. Available on CD or cassette. Flying Fish Records, 1304 West Schubert, Chicago, Illinois, 60614, 312/528-5455. Flying Fish 70629.
  • LFRS 11 The Hackberry Ramblers: Deep Water. 15 songs by Cajun swing band. Special guests include Marcia Ball and Michael Doucet. Produced by Ben Sandmel. Notes by Dr. Bill C. Malone. For more information contact Hot Biscuits Recording Co., 221 Metairie Court, Metairie, Louisiana, 70001, 504/828-0461, (fax) 504/828-0761.
  • LFRS 12 Louisiana Dobro: Harold Cavellero. In development.
  • LFRS 13 Union of the World, The Archival Recordings of the Ever Ready Gospel Singers. 18 tracks of Southland style gospel music . Recorded in February of 1997, at Louisiana Light Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. Available through BGB records on CD only and can be purchased by calling N.I.C., toll free at 888/642-0007. For additional information contact BGB Records, P.O. Box 44352, Shreveport, Louisiana, 71134-4352, 318/869-1579.
  • LFRS 14 The Legend of Old Blue Goose. CD and 12 page booklet that documents a neighborhood in Shreveport, Louisiana, "where blues literally sprang from the streets during the twenties, thirties, and forties." Features the music of nine blues legends from the area, performed by some of the best contemporary acoustic blues performers in Northwest Louisiana. Notes by Dan Garner. Available on CD only through BGB Records, P.O. Box 44352, Shreveport, Louisiana, 71134-4352, 318/869-1573, email: