August 8, 2012

Airheart performs “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” for “The Louisiana Hayride Tribute to Hank Williams”

RELIX – Runaway

Lanny McGough with Insane Cajuns Unleashed – My Superstitious Mind

Ian Quiet – Gyrate

By North Louisiana Musicians Association

A Musical Connection

From the Minden Press-Herald
July 20, 2012 James Gulledge

What started as a way to keep in touch with a few fellow musicians has blossomed into an organization with around 800 members.

North Louisiana Musicians Association (NoLaMA – pronounced no-la-may) was started by musician Brad Dison.

“When I started the association, I set it up just to keep in touch with a few musicians,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d have 20, 30 people interested in it.”

Those few first members began to tell their friends about the association and in six months it has grown to its current size.

“Every day I look on there, one or two more members have been added,” Dison said.

As the group began to grow beyond his expectations, Dison said he realized live performing musicians in the area had a need.

“The times have changed so much in north Louisiana from the 50’s and 60’s when it was such a popular place for music,” Dison said. “Now it’s kind of a struggle, not to find a musician, but to find places to play. A lot of the clubs have gone to DJ’s because, of course, it’s more cost effective.”

He said he wanted to create a resource for local musicians to trade information. To accomplish this, Dison said he allows free communication through NoLaMA’s Facebook page, as long as the conversation is polite and about music.

On the website he also offers a place for local musicians to sell or buy used gear or to sell their band merchandise. Dison has also begun a project to help venues and bands connect.

“We designed a calendar on the website where you could find out, say if you are in Alexandria tonight, here are the clubs that have bands and this is where you go,” he said. “Then I started thinking, instead of having a booking agent do all this, why don’t I just make a resource for clubs in the area that book live bands.”

This led Dison to create lists of bands and venues, so that a venue looking for a particular type of band or a musician looking for a particular type of venue have a place to find each other.

Another aspect of the association that is very important to Dison is that the resource remains free.

“Nobody pays for anything,” he said. “The only thing that makes money is that I have t-shirts for sale on there and CD’s for sale.”

The CD’s are NoLaMA’s biggest project to date, and showcase songs from area musicians.

“I’m surprised at the level of interest,” Dison said. “It’s playing everywhere from – let’s see what was the furthest place on the map – I think I’ve got three different radio stations in New Orleans that are playing it. NPR, Red River Radio is playing it.”

Minden musician, Kerry Easley of Dorcheat Bottom Band, said that NoLaMA has had a significant impact on his band’s notoriety.

“The reason that I got involved is because social media is one of those things that helps you grow and get people to know who you are,” he said. “The main thing that I noticed was last Wednesday night, me and the guys went to this open mic (in Shreveport). When we walked in the door, everybody knew who we were. I didn’t know anybody in there.

“That’s how I can see some positive results from it,” Easley said, “You walk into a place that you’ve never been in before, but they know who you are.”

While his band was not on the first compilation, Easley said he hoped to be part of the second.

“Brad’s going to try to use a couple of our songs on a second edition of the North Louisiana Musicians Association CD that he’s starting to produce,” he said.

As a musician, Dison himself is a sort of “jack-of-all-trades.”

“I play guitar, bass, drums, piano, lead vocals, back-up vocals,” he said. “I’ve been in so many bands I’ve done just about every form you could imagine.”

Being from a musical family, Dison said that he has been part of the music scene for years.

“I’ve been playing in north Louisiana for the past 10 or 12 years I guess,” he said. “Anything from country, rock to just about anything you could imagine. All over north Louisiana, Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria.”

He currently is a part of two musical projects. He has played bass with Extreme Caution for around seven years, and is in the process of setting up his own band.

A limited number of the NoLaMA CD’s are available at the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau and may also be found at the Webster Parish Library in Minden.

For more information about the association, visit them on Facebook or at their website,


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By North Louisiana Musicians Association

A Classic From North Louisiana

Dale Hawkins cut “Susie Q” at the KWKH Radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana. “Susie Q” was a late rockabilly song which captured the spirit of Louisiana and featured guitar work by James Burton. 

Sometime after the recording, the master tape of “Susie Q” was sold to Checker Records in Chicago, which released it as a 45 RPM single in May 1957.[1] The single peaked at numbers 7 and 27 on Billboard magazine’s Hot R&B Sides and Hot 100 charts, respectively.

Hawkins’ original version is also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.

By North Louisiana Musicians Association

June 5, 2012

Here is a great article entitled “How do you achieve success as an indie artist? Enjoy baking and sell your bread.”


Here is another great resource for touring/booking bands:  Indie on the Move.


Today in Music History:

  • 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV’s ‘Milton Berle Show’. During the performance, Presley abruptly halted an uptempo rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ with a wave of his arm and launched into a slow, grinding version accentuated with energetic, exaggerated body movements. Presley’s gyrations created a storm of controversy.
  • 1959, Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket.

  • 1961, Roy Orbison went to No.1 on the US chart with ‘Running Scared’, it made No.9 in the UK. The B-side ‘Love Hurts’ also picked up significant airplay, making Orbison’s recording the first version to be a hit.
  • 1964, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the US when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California. The Stones were supporting their first album release The Rolling Stones, in North America.
  • 1965, The soundtrack album to ‘The Sound of Music’ started a 10-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. It returned to the top of the charts on no less than 11 other occasions spending over 380 weeks on the chart.
  • 1966, At the Marquee Club, London ‘The Bowie Showboat’, a lunchtime performance from David Bowie, ‘three hours of music and mime’, plus a Top Ten disco. Admission was 3 shillings, ($0.42).

  • 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show ‘It Music Be Dusty’, filmed on ATV, in London, England. Hendrix performed ‘Stone Free’ and ‘Voodoo Chile’ and then played a version of ‘Mockingbird’ with Dusty Springfield.
  • 1971, Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York’s Shea Stadium in 72 hours.

  • 1971, Paul McCartney’s second solo album ‘Ram’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Featuring the US No.1 single ‘Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey’.
  • 1975, During recording sessions for Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios, London, England, Syd Barrett turned up out of the blue as Pink Floyd were listening to playbacks of Shine On You Crazy Diamond — a song that happened to be about Barrett. By that time, the 29-year-old Barrett had shaved off all of his hair (including his eyebrows), become overweight, and his ex-bandmates did not at first recognise him. Barrett eventually left without saying goodbye, and none of the band members ever saw him again.
  • 1976, The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers appeared at Celtic Football Club, Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets cost £4 ($7).
  • 1977, Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named ‘Angel’ got the gig.
  • 1979, Blues legend Muddy Waters (aged 64), married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday.

  • 1983, During a 48-date North American tour U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The show was recorded and released as ‘U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.’
  • 1990, American drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.

  • 1993, Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single ‘It’s Only Make Believe’. Until 2000, he held the record for the most Number One singles of any country act, with 45 No.1’s. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.
  • 1997, Ex Small Faces, The Faces and leader of Slim Chance, Ronnie Lane died aged 51 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Slim Chance had the 1974 UK No.5 single ‘How Come’

  • 1999, Jazz singer and songwriter Mel Torme died aged 73. Biggest hit was the 1956 UK No. 4 single ‘Mountain Greenery’ and his ‘Christmas Song’ (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) has been recorded more than 1,700 times.
  • 2002, Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass guitarist with The Ramones died at his Hollywood, California apartment of a heroin overdose aged 49. He was the group’s primary songwriter, penning songs such as ‘Rockaway Beach’, ’53rd & 3rd’, and ‘Poison Heart’.
  • 2003, A Grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire was under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32ft transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, Beatles and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because ‘talent-less boy bands and dance music’ featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.
  • 2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ the bands sixth UK No.1 album.
  • 2007, Jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector were shown the bloody revolver that was found at the feet of Lana Clarkson, the actress he was accused of killing at his home in the early hours of February 3rd, 2003. She had accompanied Spector to his Alhambra, California mansion after meeting him at her job as a hostess at the House of Blues just hours earlier.

  • 2007, Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.
  • 2008, Ozzy Osbourne accepted undisclosed libel damages and an apology over a UK newspaper claim that he was ill at the Brit Awards. The 59-year-old rocker sued over a story in the Daily Star that alleged he had toppled over twice just before the televised ceremony and that he was moved around the awards in an electric buggy.

  • 2010, Led Zeppelin were officially voted the nation’s favourite band by the BBC’s ‘I’m In A Rock ‘N` Roll Band’, Zeppelin coming ahead of both The Beatles and Queen in a phone-in vote. The show also featured Best Singer, Guitarist, and Drummer live phone-in votes which saw Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham all nominated in their categories. John Bonham was crowned top drummer ahead of Dave Grohl and Keith Moon, whilst Jimmy and Robert were runners up to Jimi Hendrix and Freddie Mercury respectively.





By North Louisiana Musicians Association

May 29, 2012

Here’s one to get the day started.

Pandora radio has a station that caters to Louisiana music.  Check it out here.

I added a link describing how to get your music on Pandora on the Helpful Info tab.

Today in History:

  • 1942, Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song ‘White Christmas’. Crosby recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.
  • 1961, Ricky Nelson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Man’. Sam Cooke turned the song down, the B-side was the Gene Pitney song ‘Hello Mary Lou’ which became a double A side UK No.1.
  • 1962, Chubby Checker won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for ‘Let’s Twist Again’ and Ray Charles won Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for ‘Hit The Road Jack’.
  • 1965, Bob Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home was at No.1 on the UK charts, his second UK No.1 album. The black and white pamphlet lying across the Time magazine with President Lyndon B. Johnson on the cover is a publication of the Earth Society, who saw its mission as protecting earth from collisions with comets and planets.
  • 1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Help Me Rhonda’, the group’s second US No.1. The recording session was interrupted by the Wilson brothers’ drunken father, Murry, who arrived at the studio to criticize the Boys enthusiasm. The recording reel continued to record the confrontation, which still circulates among fans.
  • 1967, The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the coloured oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). The poster advertising the show promised a ‘Knockout Atmosphere’.
  • 1983, US school boy band (which included Bobby Brown), New Edition were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Candy Girl’. Songwriter & producer Maurice Starr discovered New Edition performing at a local talent show. Starr went to produce and write for New Kids On The Block.
  • 1987, Michael Jackson offered $50,000 (£29,412) to buy the remains of the Elephant Man.
  • 1991, After just completing the recording of the ‘Nevermind’ album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl’s girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.
  • 1992, Concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song ‘We Are The Champions’, at their Graduation Ceremony.
  • 1992, The FBI recovered 44 nude photographs of Madonna, which had been stolen in America from fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
  • 1997, Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley disappeared after talking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist riverboat.
  • 1999, Skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were Philip Kramer former bassist with rock group Iron Butterfly, who had disappeared on his way home from work on February 12, 1995. His death was ruled as a probable suicide.
  • 2001, The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow.
  • 2002, A 16ft by 6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The mosaic had been built into Lennon’s swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.
  • 2007, A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 (£189,000) on The Moments in Time memorabilia website. The upright grand piano was part of the Record Plant Recording Studios in New York where the former Beatle recorded his 1971 Imagine album. Lennon was said to be so fond of the instrument that he had it moved to whichever studio he was working in and had used the piano hours before being shot on 8 December 1980.
By North Louisiana Musicians Association

May 24, 2012



Today in Music History:

1963, Elmore James US blues guitarist, singer, died of a heart attack aged 45. Wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, Covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as “The King of the Slide Guitar”, James influenced Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.

1963, The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song for the program was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”. The Beatles’ guests for this first show were the Lorne Gibson Trio.

1968, The Rolling Stones released the single ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”

1969, Bob Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline peaked at No.3 in the US chart. The singer’s ninth album, it also scored Dylan his fourth UK No.1. The album featured ‘Lay Lady Lay’, which became one of Dylan’s biggest pop hits, reaching No.7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.

1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Back’, the group’s 17th US No.1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the US.

1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday. Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. In 2009 the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington on the reverse side of the coin.

1980, Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.

1991, Founder member of The Byrds Gene Clark died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits ‘I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better’, and ‘Eight Miles High’, member of McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and solo.

1999, Freddie Mercury was featured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. The Queen front man who died in 1991, was featured on the 19p stamp. The singer was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985.

2003, Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square.

By North Louisiana Musicians Association