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A looser, more laid-back, and percussive version of the Jimmy Reed side of the Chicago sound, Louisiana Blues has several distinctive stylistic elements to distinguish it from other genres. The guitar work is simple but effective, heavily influenced by the boogie patterns used on Jimmy Reed singles, with liberal doses of Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters thrown in for good measure. Unlike the heavy backbeat of the Chicago style, its rhythm can be best described as "plodding," making even uptempo tunes sound like slow blues simply played a bit faster. The production techniques on most of the recordings utilize massive amounts of echo, giving the performances a darkened sound and feel, thus coining the genre's alternate description as "swamp blues."

Louisiana Blues Artists Highlights

Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball
Irma Thomas
Irma Thomas
Katie Webster
Katie Webster
Champion Jack Dupree
Champion Jack Dupree
Jerry "Boogie" McCain
Jerry "Boogie" McCain
Raful Neal
Raful Neal

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Louisiana Blues Album Highlights

The Best of Slim Harpo [Hip-O]
Slim Harpo
The Best of Slim Harpo ...
Blues from the Gutter
Champion Jack Dupree
Blues from the Gutter
Rooster Blues
Lightnin' Slim
Rooster Blues
The Excello Singles Anthology
Slim Harpo
The Excello Singles ...
Rooster Blues/Bell Ringer
Lightnin' Slim
Rooster Blues/Bell Ringer
Blues for Everybody
Champion Jack Dupree
Blues for Everybody

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Louisiana Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Shake Your Hips Slim Harpo
Stack-O-Lee Champion Jack Dupree
Rooster Blues Lightnin' Slim
Rainin' in My Heart Slim Harpo
Baby Scratch My Back Slim Harpo
Let the Doorbell Ring Champion Jack Dupree
I'm a King Bee Slim Harpo
Shake Your Hips Slim Harpo
Don't Start Crying Now Slim Harpo

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