No U.S. state can match Louisiana’s musical legacy. It is the birthplace of jazz music, the indigenous home of Cajun and zydeco music and it played key roles in the history and evolution of American blues, country and rock and roll music.

Louisiana Soundtrack focuses on Louisiana music – Cajun, zydeco, jazz, blues and country. Includes genre descriptions, brief bios on prominent musicians and lists of music-themed attractions, popular music venues and recurring jam and concert series.


Here is a reprint of an article on Louisiana music reprinted from the December 2012 issue of Essence Magazine. 


Here are reprints of 2013 articles on different Louisiana music genres published by New Orleans’ OffBeat Magazine.

Jazz music overview  

Cajun music overview  

Mardi Gras Indians overview  

Blues music overview  

Country music overview  

Gospel music overview  

Rap/Hip Hop overview