Map the pace setters in jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco and more!
A visual tribute to the music and musicians of the Bayou State
The Louisiana Music Map is a visual tribute to the music and musicians of Louisiana. The beautifully illustrated print, which measures 24" x 30", features the birthplaces of more than 1,500 native Louisiana musicians who performed in a style of music indigenous to Louisiana, such as jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco, la la, swamp pop and gospel. The map also includes nearly 50 "honorary" musicians who made notable contributions to Louisiana music but were born elsewhere, such as Woodville, Mississippi native Lester ‘Pres' Young and Houston's Katie Webster.
Created by Lafayette, Louisiana-based Gene Tomko, an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Living Blues, Down Beat and Juke Blues among other notable magazines and publications, the Louisiana Music Map was almost two years in the making, initially inspired from an idea by Acoustic Sounds CEO Chad Kassem, who is a native of Lafayette himself.
The map has been meticulously researched using the most recent information to be as accurate and complete as possible, in many cases using newly found census data to clear up previously published inconsistencies. Some lesser-known musicians are also documented for the first time through an extensive research process, often involving interviews with many of the musicians themselves or their surviving family members.
Each of the 13 artist illustrations on the map represents a specific style of Louisiana music or geographical region, such as D.L. Menard for Cajun, Clifton Chenier for zydeco, Slim Harpo for swamp blues, Louis Armstrong for jazz and Tony Joe White for the North Louisiana swamp-r&b sound.