Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular Music

Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular Music

Dave Thompson


?The Bayou is a global of its personal – a marshy, occasionally treacherous, oft-times sinister land of creeping darkness and dwelling shadows, mystery legends and bright mythology. it truly is that darkness and people shadows that permeate Bayou Underground, the 1st learn of the Louisiana track scene ever to go away in the back of the intense lighting fixtures of massive urban New Orleans, and plunge in its place into the desert that not just surrounds the massive effortless, yet which stretches for thousands of miles on both sides, from Houston, Texas, to cellular, Alabama. Bayou Underground explores the tune of the zone from the home of the emerging solar to gator searching with Amos Moses (the one-armed Cajun backwoodsman created through nation songwriter Jerry Reed) to artists like Bo Diddley, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, who have been stimulated through unsung heroes of the Bayou. In Bayou Underground, the folk and the cultures that experience referred to as the bayou domestic are unearthed via their phrases and lives, yet such a lot of throughout the track that has, over the past century, both arisen from the swamplands themselves, or been drawn from fellow viewers to the sector, as they search to set down for posterity the feelings, goals, and enchantments that the realm instilled in them. half social background, half epic travelogue, and partially a lament for the way of lifestyles that has now all yet disappeared, Bayou Underground is the gripping tale of yankee music’s forgotten adolescence, and the parentage it slightly even understands approximately. via comparability, the large effortless had it easy.

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