The Bottom Line
- Excellently researched material.
- Well-written, in a clear, concise manner.
- Extremely comprehensive, with detailed footnotes and bibliography.
- Very skimpy on photos, a must for books on entertainment.
- In-depth and detailed study of the development of roots music in north west Louisiana.
- Historically rich, filled with anecdotes and quotes.
- Provides a much-needed insight into an often overlooked chapter of Roots music history.
Guide Review - Louisiana Hayride: Radio & Roots Music Along the Red River - Tracey E. W. Laird
With historically rich details and a clear, precise writing style, Ms. Laird takes us back to a that post- war time when a new brand of music was emerging from the diverse blend of black and white, modern technology and Deep South sensibilities, tradition and change that existed in that time and place. It was on the Hayride we saw the rise of honky-tonk and rockabilly, where Elvis Presley, who did not impress Opry audiences, burst out as a superstar (and met Colonel Tom Parker). It's a stage which hosted Johnny Cash and the Carters and George Jones and Rose Maddox and Johnny Horton and... well, you get the idea.
Filled with detail, Ms. Laird's book is a cracking good read, a must for anyone who has an interest in the development of American roots music, and a clear insight into a period of American history often forgotten, but a deeply important part of roots music culture.