Louisiana Music Recordings: A Select List of Recordings

Folklorist Mike Luster, the former host of the radio program, Creole Statement on KEDM 90.3 FM Monroe, Louisiana, provides this overview of Louisiana music readily available on CD.


Amede Ardoin, Pioneer of Louisiana French Blues 1930-34, I'm Never Comin' Back: The Roots of Zydeco (Arhoolie 7007) 1995

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, La Musique Creole (AR 445)

Canray Fontenot, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Creole Style (Arhoolie CD 381) 1992


Nathan Abshire, A Cajun Legend: The Best of Nathan Abshire (Swallow SW-CD-6061) CD 1991

The Balfa Brothers, The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music (Swallow CD 6011) [combines 6011 & 6019] 1990

Beausoleil, Live from the Left Coast (Rounder CD 6035) 1989

Harry Choates, Harry Choates: The Fiddle King of Cajun Swing, Original 1946-49 Recordings (Arhoolie CD 380)

Sheryl Cormier, Queen of Cajun Music (Swallow CD 6098) 1990

Paul Daigle/Robert Elkins, The Essential Collection (Swallow CD 6133)

Hackberry Ramblers, Cajun Boogie (Flying Fish FF 70629) 1993

Jambalaya, C'est Fun (Swallow LP 6085) 1990

Iry LeJeune, Cajun's Greatest-The Definitive Collection (Ace, UK, CDCHD 428) 1992

Dennis McGee, The Complete Early Recordings of Dennis McGee, 1929-1930, with Ernest Fruge and Sady Courville (Yazoo 2012) 1994

D.L. Menard and Austin Pitre, The Swallow Recordings (ACE 327) 1991

Belton Richard, The Essential Belton Richard Cajun Music Collection (Swallow 6117-2) 1994

Zachary Richard, Live in Montreal ( RZ CD 1003) 1991

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, La Toussaint (Rounder CD 6068) 1995

Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Home Music with Spirits (Arhoolie CD 389) [combines 5029 & 5037] 1992

Joel Sonnier, Cajun Life (Rounder CD 3049) 1991

Johnny Sonnier, Send a Message to My Heart (Vidrine CD 91004-2) 1993

Wayne Toups, ZydeCajun (MR-846584) 1986

Horace Trahan, Ossun Blues (Swallow 6134) 1996

Various, Cajun Vol. - Abbeville Breakdown (Columbia CK 46220) 1990

Various, Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras: Louisiana's Best Performers (Maison de Soul MdS-CD 1044) 1992

Various, Cajun Dance Party: Fais Do-Do (Columbia CK 46784) 1994

Various, Folksongs of the Louisiana Acadians (Arhoolie 5009/5015, reissued as Arhoolie CD 359) reissue 1994

Various, Louisiana Cajun Music from the Southwest Prairies Vol. 1 (Rounder CD 6001)

Various, Louisiana Cajun Music from the Southwest Prairies Vol. 2 (Rounder CD 6002)

Various, Cajun Classics (Ace, UK, CDCHM 431) 1993

Swamp Pop

Johnnie Allen, Swamp Pop Legend: Johnnie Allen-The Essential Collection (JIN CD 9044) 1995

Marcia Ball, Soulful Dress (Rounder 3078)

Rod Bernard, Swamp Rock 'n' Roller (ACE 488)

Boogie Kings, Swamp Boogie Blues (JIN CD 9046) 1995

Van Broussard, The Early Years (CSP 1007-2) 1993

Cookie and the Cupcakes, By Request (JIN 9037-2) 1993

Sonny Landreth, Outward Bound (Praxis Zoo 72445-11032-2)

Tommy McLain, Sweet Dreams (Ace [UK] CDCH 285), 1990

Various, Swamp Gold Vol. 1 (JIN CD 106) 1991

Various, Swamp Gold Vol. 2 (JIN CD 107) 1991

Various, Swamp Gold Vol. 3 (JIN CD 108) 1994

Various, Swamp Gold Vol. 4 (JIN CD 109) 1994

Various, Swamp Gold Vol. 5 (JIN CD 9053) 1997

Various, Louisiana Saturday Night (ACE CDCHD 490) 1993


Chris Ardoin, That's the Lick (MDS 1051)

Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, Beau Jocque Boogie! (Rounder 2120)

Buckwheat Zydeco, 100% Fortified Zydeco (Black Top BLT 1024)

Boozoo Chavis, Zydeco Trail Ride (Maison de Soul)

Clifton Chenier, 60 Minutes with the King of Zydeco (Arhoolie CD 301) 1993

Geno Delafose That's What I'm Talkin' About (Rounder RD2141)

John Delafose and the Eunice Playboys, Joe Pete's Got Two Women (Arhoolie 335)

Keith Frank, Movin' on Up (MS 1055)

Queen Ida, Cookin' With Queen Ida (GNP-Crescendo CR 2197)

Rosie Ledet, Zesty Zydeco (Maison de Soul MdS 1056) 1995

Various, Zydeco-the Early Years (Arhoolie CD 307) 1989

Various, Zydeco Blues 'n' Boogie (Rykodisc)

Various, Zydeco Live! (Rounder)

Various, Zydeco Live! Vol. 2 (Rounder)

New Orleans

Johnny Adams, Reconsider Me: A Golden Classics Edition (Collectibles COL 5741), 1996

Dave Bartholmew, The Spirit of New Orleans (EMI 80184)

Eddie Bo, Check Mr. Popeye (Rounder)

James Booker, New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (Rounder 2027)

Roy Brown, Good Rockin 'Tonight (Rhino 7145)

Doctor John, The Ultimate Dr. John (Warner Special Products 9-27612-2) 1987

Lee Dorsey, Ya Ya (Relic 7013)

Champion Jack Dupree, Blues From the Gutter (Atlantic 82434

Snooks Eaglin, Baby You Can Get Your Gun (Black Top 1037)

Fats Domino, My Blue Heaven (Capitol 92808)

Guitar Slim, Sufferin' Mind (Specialty 7007)

Buddy Guy, The Very Best of Buddy Guy (Rhino 70280)

Iguanas, Nuevo Boogaloo (MCA MCAD 10993)

Mahalia Jackson, Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns (CBS 47083)

Smiley Lewis, I Hear You Knockin' (COL 5630)

Magnificent Sevenths Brass Band, Authentic New Orleans Jazz Funeral (Mardi Gras MG1012) 1991

Aaron Neville, Tell It Like It Is (Collectibles 5132)

Art Neville, That Old Time Rock 'n' Roll (Specialty 7023)

Neville Brothers, Yellow Moon (AM 5240)

New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, Manichalfwitz (Gert Town GT1117)

Lloyd Price, Greatest Hits (MCA 11184)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Best of (CBS 44996)

Professor Longhair, New Orleans Piano (Atlantic 7225)

Shirley & Lee, Legendary Masters (Collectibles 5637l)

Huey "Piano" Smith and his Clowns, Rock & Roll Revival (UK, 2021)

Irma Thomas, Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans: The Irma Thomas Collection (Razor & Tie RE 2097-2) 1996

Allen Toussaint, Collection (Warner WB 26549)

The Wild Magnolias (PLG 519418)

The Wild Tchoupitoulas (Mango 162-539 908-2) 1976

Various, New Orleans Brass Bands (Rounder 11562) 1992

Various, New Orleans Party Classics (Rhino)

Baton Rouge

Smokey Babe/Herman E. Johnson, Louisiana Country Blues (Arhoolie CD 440)

Larry Garner, You Need to Live a Little (Verve 314 523 759-2)

Lazy Lester, I Hear You Knockin' (Excello EXE 3003)

Lightnin' Slim, Nothin' But the Devil (Ace CDCHD 616)

Lonesome Sundown, I'm a Mojo Man (Excello EXE 3004)

Kenny Neal, Walking on Fire (Alligator 4795)

Raful Neal, Louisiana Legend (Alligator 4783)

Slim Harpo, The Excello Collection (Excello CD 2001) 1994

Various, Country Negro Jam Session (Arhoolie CD 372) 1993

Various, Angola Prisoner's Blues (Arhoolie 419)

Various, Dark Clouds Rollin': Excello Swamp Blues Classics (Excello CD 3008) 1995

North Louisiana

Cox Family, Just When We're Thinking It's Over (Asylum 61809-2) 1996

Brownie Ford, Stories from Mountains, Swamps, and Honky-Tonks (Flying Fish F70559) 1990

Dale Hawkins, Oh! Suzy-Q: The Best of Dale Hawkins (MCA Chess CHD 9356) 1995

Ernie Johnson, In the Mood (Waldoxy WCD 2812)

Leadbelly, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (Smithsonian/Folkways SF CD 40044)

Jerry Lee Lewis, Original Sun Greatest Hits (Rhino 70255)

Margaret Lewis, Lonesome Bluebird (Ace, UK, CDCHD 572) 1995

Webb Pierce, King of the Honky-Tonk (Country Music Foundation/MCA CMF 0019D/MSD 35500) 1994

Bobby Rush, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Waldoxy WCD 2813)

Joe Stampley, Good Ol' Boy: His Greatest Hits (Razor & Tie RE 2072) 1995

Jesse Thomas, 1948-1958 (Document 6044)

Uniques, Golden Hits (Paula CD 2208)

Tony Joe White, The Best of Tony Joe White Featuring Polk Salad Annie (Warner Archives 9 45305-2) 1993

Whitstein Brothers, Old Time Duets (Rounder 264)

Victoria Williams, Loose (Atlantic 92430-2)

Oscar "Buddy" Woods & Black Ace, "Texas Slide Guitars:" Complete Recorded Works 1930-1938 In Chronological Order (Document, Austria, DOCD 5143) vocals by Jimmy Davis

Faron Young, Live Fast, Love Hard-Original Capitol Recordings (Country Music Foundation 020)

Various, Don't Leave Me Here: The Blues of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana (Yazoo 1004)

Various, I Can Eagle Rock-Juke Joint Blues from Alabama and Louisiana (Travelin' Man 09)

Various, Shreveport Stomp Vol. 1 (Ace, UK, CDCHD 495) 1994


Various, Louisiana Spice: 25 Years of Louisiana Music on Rounder Records (Rounder CD AN 18/19) 1995

Compiled by Michael Luster, host.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.