Shreveport Sounds in Black and White: "To borrow words from Stan "The Record Man" Lewis, Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of this nation's most important "regional-sound cities." Its musical distinctiveness has been shaped by individuals and ensembles, record label and radio station owners, announcers and disc jockeys, club owners and sound engineers, music journalists, and musicians."
Shreveport Sounds in Black and White was edited by Kip Lornell and former Shreveporter Tracey Widiger Laird. They will sign books and chat about music at Barnes & Noble Sun, Ap 27, from 2 to 4 pm.
"Shreveport Sounds is a collection of scholarly and popular writing that covers people like Leadbelly and Hank Williams, and such lesser-known names as Taylor-Griggs Melody Makers and Eddie Giles. New writing explores the famed Louisiana Hayride, musicians Jimmie Davis and Dale Hawkins, local disc jockey "Dandy Don" Logan, and KWKH studio sound engineer Bob Sullivan," says Amazon.
Kip Lornell is co-author of The Life and Legend of Leadbelly. As a person who has read the book several times, I can recommend it as a coloful and even-handed version of Ledbetter's life.
Tracey Laird, professor at Agnes Scott College, is also the author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music along the Red River. An alum of Caddo Magnet HS, Laird got her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.