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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Fernest Abshire to John Autin
Fernest "Man" Abshire (1934-1964) Cajun musician & songwriter performed with Lawrence Walker, Aldus Roger and Belton Richard; he was inducted into the CFMA Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 1997

Nathan Abshire (1915-1981) pioneering Cajun accordionist and singer played with Happy Fats & His Rayne-Bo Ramblers and the Balfa Brothers; he was inducted into the CFMA Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 1997

Ray Abshire Cajun accordionist worked with his cousin Nathan Abshire, Amadie Breaux, the Balfa Brothers, and others

Acid Bath defunct metal band formed in Morgan City in 1991; related artists: Shrum, Agents of Oblivion, Goatwhore, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, Dax Riggs

Kenny Acosta Baton Rouge blues guitarist AKA "the funkiest man alive"

Adam's Attic acclaimed New Orleans pop/rock band relocated to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina

Johnny Adams (1932 - 1998) aka "The Tan Canary" - legendary R&B vocalist from New Orleans

C.C. Adcock (Charles Clinton Adcock) noted swamp rock guitarist and singer from Lafayette, LA; founding member of swamp pop supergroup Lil' Band O' Gold

Trace Adkins country music star from Sarepta, LA (born in Springhill, LA) worked the oil fields and offshore rigs before hitting the big time; he was a finalist on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" (2008 season) and he starred in the '08 comedy film "An American Carol"

Afroskull funk, rock and jam band from New Orleans now based in NYC

Agents of Oblivion rock band featured Dax Riggs & Mike Sanchez (ex Acid Bath)

Jeff Albert New Orleans trombonist fronts his own band and has worked with Martin Krusche’s Magnetic Ear, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe, The Naked Orchestra, Tony Dagradi, the John Mahoney Big Band, and many others

Alvin Alcorn New Orleans trumpet great (1912 - 2003) worked with Don Albert, Captain John Handy, Paul Barbarin, Sidney Desvigne, Kid Ory, Albert "Papa" French, George Lewis, and many others; he appeared in the 1955 film "The Benny Goodman Story" with Kid Ory's band, and also made a brief appearance in the 1973 James Bond film "Live and Let Die"

Algiers Brass Band traditional jazz brass band from the West Bank of New Orleans led by Ruddley Thibodeaux, Sr.

All That New Orleans funk & brass band was led by Davis Rogan

Johnnie Allan Cajun & Swamp Pop singer and songwriter from Rayne, LA; also a well known author and deejay

Phillip Alleman (1940 - 2005) vocalist and steel guitarist with Aldus Roger and the Lafayette Playboys for 20+ years; he was inducted into the CFMA Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 2000

Henry "Red" Allen (Henry James Allen) New Orleans trumpet great (1908-1967)

Shamarr Allen New Orleans trumpeter has worked with a variety of local brass bands and toured with Willie Nelson, Galactic, and others; fronts his own funk & rock band The Underdawgs

Allons-y! Grammy-winning engineer & producer Tony Daigle and his daughter Erin perform Cajun, Creole, folk and patriotic songs in French and English

AM award winning indie singer/songwriter has had dozens of tunes featured in TV shows and movies

  • AM web site

Amy and the Hank Sinatras band led by vocalist Amy Adams blended swing, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, rockabilly and jump-blues

Brint Anderson New Orleans based R&B guitarist and vocalist

Theresa Andersson Swedish-born, New Orleans-based singer, songwriter and musician; her 2008 Basin Street Records release "Hummingbird, Go!" received rave reviews from national media leading to an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on 02/04/2009

Glen David Andrews noted trombonist, vocalist and band leader is another member of New Orleans' famed Andrews clan of jazz musicians

James Andrews trumpeter and vocalist aka "12", aka "Satchmo of the Ghetto"; grandson of the late Jessie Hill (of "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" fame); worked with many brass bands (New Birth Brass Band, Treme Brass Band) before releasing the Allen Toussaint produced "Satchmo of the Ghetto" in 1998

Troy Andrews born in New Orleans on 01/02/86; multi-talented musician (aka "Trombone Shorty") and brother of trumpeter James Andrews toured the globe, appeared on national television, and performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - all before reaching age 16. He now fronts his own rock/funk band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Johnny Angel & the Swingin' Demons popular New Orleans-based jazz, swing and dance band

Donna Angelle Zydeco bandleader from Cypress Island, Louisiana

Lisa Angelle talented country singer and songwriter from New Orleans

Philip Anselmo New Orleans born singer and musician was frontman for famed metal band Pantera; other Anselmo projects have included Christ Inversion, Down, Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem (among many others); Phil also runs Housecore Records

Corey Arceneaux new wave Zydeco musician is the nephew of late Zydeco great Fernest Arceneaux

Fernest Arceneaux (1940 - 2008) Zydeco musician from Lafayette, LA was dubbed "The New Prince of Accordion"

Kenny Ard New Orleans native now resides in San Diego; performs solo jazz gigs and with Etouffee, a New Orleans R&B combo

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (1915 - 2007) noted Creole accordionist was the cousin of another Creole legend, Amédé Ardoin; Bois Sec and his partner, fiddler Canray Fontenot, were awarded National Heritage Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986; sons Morris, Lawrence and Gustave are also musicians

  • Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin bio and discography
  • Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin obituary from the New York Times
  • Bois Sec Ardoin video clips at YouTube
  • Watch "Dry Wood" online - Les Blank's 1973 documentary on Mardi Gras celebrations of black Creoles in French Louisiana features the stories & music of "Bois Sec" Ardoin and Canray Fontenot
  • Alphonse Bois Sec Ardoin discography & audio clips (

Amede Ardoin (1896-1941), pioneering Creole accordion player & vocalist first recorded in 1929 (with fiddle player Dennis McGee)

Chris Ardoin new wave Zydeco star is the son of Lawrence "Black" Ardoin, and grandson of Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin; he first recorded as Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin'; current band, Chris Ardoin & NuStep, was formed in 2004

Dexter Ardoin accordion player and bandleader (Dexter Ardoin & the Creole Ramblers) is the son of Morris Ardoin

Lawrence "Black" Ardoin Creole & Cajun musician is the son of Bois Sec Ardoin and the dad of Chris and Sean Ardoin

Sean Ardoin Zydeco musican and vocalist is the brother of Chris Ardoin

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971); legendary trumpeter and goodwill ambassador, and one of the most important and influential musicians in the history of jazz

Astral Project New Orleans modern jazz ensemble features music vets Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, Jim Singleton, John Vidacovich and David Torkanowski

Lynn August noted R&B, swamp pop and zydeco accordionist from Lafayette

Aural Elixir eclectic New Orleans group combines rock, funk, blues, and jazz

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