Music Recordings (1980-Present)

The Upper Louisiana Delta and the North Central Hill Country

The region served by the LA Tech regional folklorist is the Northeast and north central Louisiana Parishes.  These parishes are predominantly British and African American, and include both Lowland and Upland South culture. Most of the region is rural, but includes the cities of Monroe and Ruston.  The parishes included in the region, and these recordings are: Bienville, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, and West Carroll.

Upper Louisiana Delta Region

Ouachita, Richland, and Franklin Parishes

Celebrating Our Heritage Song Service recorded at the Union Hill Baptist Church, Monroe, Louisiana, 2-4-1995:

Concordia Parish

Gray Montgomery, recorded in Vidalia, Louisiana,10-11-90:

East Carroll Parish

Wedel Family (example of Mennonite shapenote singing) recorded in their home in Transylvania, Louisiana, 8-28-94:

North Star Baptist Church Service Excerpt. Rev. A. L. Thomas, recorded in Lake Providence, Louisiana, 1989:

West Carroll

Oldham Family Quartet, Church of God, recorded in Oak Grove, Louisiana,   9-9-1994:

North Central Louisiana Region

Lincoln Parish

Wildwood Express Band, Triad Benefit, 5-13-00:

Eva Colvin Family Singing, Ruston, 3-22-96. Note: Older generation grew up in Lincoln Parish; next generation grew up in various parishes: Lincoln, Bienville, Caddo, and East Texas.

Fred Beaver and Friends, Fred Beavers (fiddle), Leslie Raborn (mandolin), Tracy Tyler (electric guitar), Doc Chipmon (guitar). Ruston, 1984:

Jackson, Lincoln

Price Family, Simsboro, Family Gospel Singing, 5-29-00:


Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church Service, Ministers: David Godwin, Goldonna; Hilton Mercer, Jonesboro. Goldonna, Winn Parish, 5-13-84:

Claiborne Parish

Mitchell and Josie Sheldon, Blues and Gospel, Hynesville, LA