Country music star Hank Williams Jr., is the narrator of this fascinating country music documentary which explores the Shreveport, Louisiana musical roots of some of country music's most venerable stars, including Hank Williams Sr, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, George Jones and a host of others.
this unique program uses old photographs, film clips and live transcriptions of old radio show recordings to tell its entertaining and informative story.
"In the years after World War II, what had been known as "hillbilly music" began to evolve into what is now known as country music. One of the key influences was the radio program Louisiana Hayride, out of Shreveport, which created a number of stars with crossover appeal to the popular charts, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash, among others. This 1984 documentary from the Louisiana PBS, narrated by Hank Williams Jr., takes a look at the phenomenon that ran from 1948 to the late 1950s and its repercussions on the music industry.
There's a pleasing helping of clips from the radio program, and a surprising amount of period film of the singers in live performance, including Hank Williams Sr and Johnny Cash. It's a good documentary that leaves you really wanting more." - Mark Zimmer, Digitally Obsessed
Hank Williams Jr.Hank Williams Sr.Elvis PresleyJohnny CashJohnny HortonGeorge Jones and more!
Producers: Rick Smith, Carole Adornetto
Executive Producer: Beth Courtney
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