Shreveport’s rich musical history displayed


The history of music in Shreveport is being explored by local artists who say Shreveport helped shape the music world.

The voice of Sam Cooke singing is being recognized in this music history symposium called the Shreveport Sounds.

A symposium spot lighting the music history of north Louisiana.

Aundrea Emerson president of Norla Preservation Project says,”It’s more than just the Municipal Auditorium, there’s a history that spreads, like I said worldwide, just from this area.”

Diving into the past of music legends Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke and Leadbelly, who played inside the Municipal Auditorium.

The symposium is put on by the Norla Preservation Project, sharing stories on how Shreveport made an impact on the artist’s music.

Winston Hall the moderator for symposium says,”We’re just walking distance from where Leadbelly Ledbetter got his start, and of course Leadbelly influenced all kinds of musicians everyone from Johnny Cash to the Beatles.”

This small group held interviews and open discussions with local artist and with people who find music to be part of their own history.

“It’s part of the culture, and I’m big on culture so it’s apart of my heritage,” for David Jeane who drove from Springhill Louisiana says the music of the past is what inspired the music of today, “I like the Delta Blues, I really do, I think that’s the root of a lot of rock music, it’s coming from the Delta Blues.”

This is the second year of the event.

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