Southwest Louisiana Musicians Encyclopedia

Patricia A. Threatt, Editor
Jennifer Garner and Miguele Guillory, Contributors
Last updated: March 10, 2014

The SWLA Musicians Encyclopedia is a compendium of narrative and descriptive essays about the people and places relating to music and musicians of SWLA. For the purposes of this encyclopedia, the definition of a “Southwest Louisiana Musician” remains a fluid and slippery endeavor. As a general rule, “Southwest Louisiana” means “Imperial Calcasieu,” the region now made up of Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, and Jefferson Davis parishes. To be sure, a musician born within the boundaries of these parishes falls under the category of “Southwest Louisiana Musician.” However, after that criterion, the definition becomes less definite. Other musicians not fortunate enough to be born on Imperial Calcasieu soil, but who lived, worked, or performed extensively in this area are included. The Encyclopedia also includes bands, civic organizations, educators, and companies associated with Southwest Louisiana music.

The Encyclopedia is planned as a cumulative and ongoing research and writing project. For more information, please see the sources page. Please contact the editor with submissions, errors, or broken links.

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A

Abshire, Leo P., Sr.
Abshire, Nathan
Abshire, Ray
Lil' Alfred [See Alfred Babino]
Allums, Kathleen
Andrepont, Francis
Aragon
Ardoin, Chris
Areno, Abraham

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B

Babino, Alfred ["Lil' Alfred"]
Bad Weather Records
Baker, Lee, Jr. [“Guitar Jr.” “Lonnie Brooks”]
Ball, Marcia
Bamboo Club
Baptiste, John Phillip ["Phil Phillips"]
Barro [See Joseph Boudreaux]
Bayeaux
Beau Jocque [See Andrus Espre]
Beauregard's Courtesy
Benoit, Valmont J., Jr. ["Junior" Benoit]
Bergeron, Paul N.
Bertrand, Robert
Big Oaks Club [See The Oaks]
Blue Moon [Club]
Bonsall, Joe
Boogie Kings
The Boogie Ramblers [See Cookie and the Cupcakes].
Boudreaux, Joseph "Barro"
Bourque, Brad
Breaux, Lyon "Bebe"
Brooks, Lonnie [see Lee Baker, Jr.]
Broussard, August
Broussard, Tim
Brown, Clarence “Gatemouth”
Brown, Sidney
Bucket of Blood [Club].
Bulber, Francis Gerard

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C

Cagle, Chris
Charlie, Fred
Chatman, Melinda
Chavis, Charles
Chavis, Wilson "Boozoo"
Chenier, Clifton ["King of Zydeco"]
Chenier, Morris "Big" 
Choates, Harry ["King of Cajun Swing Fiddle"]
Clement, Terry
Comeaux, Carl
Cookie and the Cupcakes
Cormier, Alfred "Duckhead"
Cormier, Daniel Joseph
Cormier, Lesa
Cormier, Lionel
Cortez del Mar
Count Rockin' Sidney [See Sidney Simien]
Crochet, Cleveland
Crochet, John
Croker, James "Glen"

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D

Daigle, Wilbert
Darbone, Luderin
Dawsey, Johnny W.
DeRouen, Terry Gene ["Gene Terry"]
DeRouen, Wallace
Dominigue, Garland
Domingue, Charles Louis [See Charles Mann]
Dougay, Dale
Dougay, Steve
Dugas, Ivy
Duhon, Edwin
Dunaway, Shelton

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E

Espre, Andrus ["Beau Jocque"]
Esthay, Voylen ["T-Boy"]
Eureka Brass Band

F

Faul, Mervin
Faulk, Johnny

Fontenot, Cursey
Forestier, Austin J. ["T-Brud"]
Forestier, Ledel [“Blackie”]
Foster, Ross
Fruge, Atlas
Fruge, Blackie
Fuselier, Jean Batiste ["J.B."]

G

Gatte, Johnny Ray
Godeaux, Ophey Val
Goldband Records [See also Eddie Shuler]
Goodly, Ezolia Ann
Granger, Deama
Granger, Wilson ["Pagro"]
Green Frog [Club]
Guidry, Willie Parker Jr. ["The Legendary Bill Parker"]
Guillory, Havenus ["Bubba"]
Guillory, Queen Ida
Guillory, Joseph Matthew
Guillory, Wilbert
Guitar, Jr. [see Lee Baker, Jr.].

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H

Ha-Ash [See Hanna and Ashley Perez]
Hackberry Ramblers
Handel’s Messiah
Hanks, Leetel J.
Higginbotham, Darrell
Hodges, Calvin "Jeff"
Hoffpauir, Clifford John
Hopkins, Dennis
Howison, Herbert Milford

I

J

Jackson, Ivory
Jacobs, Ernest
Janot, John Remie
Jocque, Beau [See Andrus Espre]
Johnson, Hugh
Johnson, Kirk "Jelly Roll"

Jolie Blonde
The Jungle [Club]

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K

Kegley, Wilson
Kershaw Family
Kershaw, Sammy
Kimball, Bobby
King of Zydeco [See Clifton Chenier]
Kushner, Tony

L

LaBouve, William
Lacassine Playboys
Lafleur, Israel
Lafleur, Tonice
Lake Charles Playboys
Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra
Lake Shore Club
Lapoint, Emory J., Sr.
Latour, Raymond

LeBlanc, Floyd J.
LeBlanc, Verris
Ledet, Roland
Leda Swan
Lege, Jesse
Leger, Arthur
Leger, Elias
Leger, Joseph
Leger, Martin
LeJeune, Eddie
LeJeune, Homer
LeJeune, Iry
Lester & the Bluegrass Gospel Singers
Lil' Alfred [See Alfred Babino]
Lopez, Joseph
Lopez, Louis
Louisiana Ramblers
Louisiana's Kingfish
Louisiana Travelers
Lutcher, Nellie

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M

Mann, Charles
Martin, Isaac "Big Ike"
Matte, Doris J.
Menard, D.L.
Menard, Phil
Messiah
[see Handel's Messiah]
Miller, Albert

Miller, Chris

Miller, Larry
Miller, Ronald
Mott, Hilrae
Moulin Rouge

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N

Newman, Jimmy C.
Newman, Morris J.

O

The Oaks Club
Oliver, John
O'Quain, Sonny

P

Charles Page and the Rockin' Aces
Parker, The Legendary Bill [See Willie Parker Guidry, Jr.]
Perez, Hanna and Ashley ["Ha-Ash"]
Perkins, Curry
Phillips, Phil [See John Phillip Baptiste]
Pitre, Austin
Poirrer, Ulysse
Potier, Ernest

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Q

R

Richard, Zachary
Riverside Ramblers [see Hackberry Ramblers]
Rockin' Aces [see
Charles Page and the Rockin' Aces]
Rockin' Sidney [See Sidney Simien]
Roger, Aldus

Rozas, Dudley

S

St. Mary, Mark
Sammy's
Savant, Pat
Shuler, Eddie [See also Goldband Records]
Silver Slipper [Club]
Simien, Sidney ["Rockin' Sidney" "Count Rockin' Sidney"]
Smith, Ken
Sonnier, Jo-El

Southwest Louisiana Fiddlers and Bluegrass Club
Squires, Ralph
Stutes, Jessie
Swamp Boogie Queen [See Katie Webster]
Swamp Fox [See Tony JoeWhite]

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T

Terry, Gene [See Terry Gene DeRouen]
Terry, Ruby
Theriot, John "Maw Maw"
Thibodeaux, Ernest J.
Thibodeaux, Rufus R.
Thierry, Hugh
Touchet, Wallace
Toups, Wayne
Thomas, Carlton "Guitar" Jr.
Twin Oaks. [See The Oaks]

U

V

Vanicor, Ivy
Vincent, Crawford J.

W

Walker, Lawrence
Waller, Charlie
Ward, Clint
Webster, Katie ["Swamp Boogie Queen"]
Whatley, Deidra
White, Tony Joe ["Swamp Fox"]

Williams, Lucinda

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X

Y

Yule, Ronald

Z

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