My Top 5 Country Songs About Louisiana
Hi, I’m Jude Walker, registered Louisianian and darn proud to be from the Pelican State.
As someone who loves country music, I have noticed over the years that many references to our state have been made in country songs.
From songs about the state itself, to city references, to mentions of all that is Cajun and so much more, there’s no doubt that songwriters enjoy them a little swamp water.
I wanted to have a little fun and put together my top five favorite songs about Louisiana. (And a big thank you to all of you who helped me a few days ago remember these great songs so I could make this list.)
Hank Williams, Sr.
Does it getter better than a little “jambalaya, crawfish pie and filé gumbo”?
In 1952, this song stayed on top of the country music charts for an amazing 14 weeks! This song has also spawned more covers than anyone can possibly count.
This was the third single from George’s 1994 CD “Lead On”. I remember when this song came out and how big of a hit it was around here. You just weren’t expecting this from King George.
Of course, if you know his music, you know he’s had an affection for an accordion. Just check out his version of “Stars on the Water” and a song on a recent album called “Hot Grease and Zydeco”.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Anytime you have a song that gets covered by the Chipmunks and makes it to a Super Bowl pregame show, you know you’ve got a hit on your hands!
With some help from the Cajun band Beausoleil, this was a monster hit for Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1991 and helped launch into a solid country music career.
It’s also one of the only country songs I know to mention Lafayette!
Hank Williams, Jr.
If you didn’t yet, you’ve got to watch this video. Looks like a whole different person than the Bocephus we know. (Of course, he did have a near-death experience in 1975 that left him with some serious skull and facial injuries. )
This song is from 1969, so he was all of 20 years old.
“Her teeth’re white and pearly, hair black as coal, I wouldn’t trade my Cajun baby for the world’s gold.” Darn right I wouldn’t!
Everyone loves to “dance in the kitchen till the mornin’ light” on a Louisiana Saturday Night!
This song has been a standard around this neck of the woods since released in 1981.
Interestingly though, it was originally recorded by the “Gentle Giant” Don Williams. It’s since been covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Alabama, and many local artists.