A new website helps travelers plan a Louisiana music vacation.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism has just launched 'Louisiana Soundtrack,' a website that will direct folks to places where they can learn about and experience the state's musical offerings and plan a personalized music-themed vacation.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says all it takes is a couple of mouse clicks.
"We hope people will use the site to develop their own itinerary to come to Louisiana and experience all the different musical genres that are unique to Louisiana."
Whether its' jazz, gospel, blues, country or zydeco, Dardenne says the 'Louisiana Soundtrack' website will tell folks where to find it.
There's the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, that kicked off the careers of Elvis, Johhny Horton, Slim Whitman and Johnny Cash who first appeared on the stage at the Municipal Auditorium in the 40's and 50's.
"Of course, New Orleans is obviously the birthplace of jazz and home to so many great blues musicians. With rock and soul and gospel musicians, New Orleans is a big, big part of Louisiana's soundtrack," says Dardenne.
"Preservation Hall in New Orleans and blues joints across the state and zydeco music locations throughout southwest Louisiana."
Of course, there's Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording Studio on Rampart Street in the French Quarter and the later Cosimo Recording Studio that was crucial to the development of the R&B, rock and soul sound of the 1950s and '60s.
Dardenne says it's a one-stop shop for folks to learn about the heritage and evolution of Louisiana music, as well as venues and events showcasing that music.
The site also features listings and links to information about Louisiana's major music festivals, live music venues, historical music sites, recurring concert series and jam sessions.
Dardenne says the website features lots of interesting places.
"Just some great musical 'joints' people can experience that have helped shape the unique nature of Louisiana music."
The website contains both audio and video of the state's indigenous music.
Visitors to the site can also sign up to receive information on upcoming music events.
But, he really hopes folks use it to plan visits to the state, mapping out their trips based on the region of the state or the dates they will be visiting.