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DVD Review: Robert Mugge: Rhythm ’N’ Bayous – A Road Map To Louisiana Music

A stunning, performance-filled ethnomusicological trip.

Rhythm ’N’ Bayous: A Road Map To Louisiana Music DVD artwork

If you have any interest at all in the musical history of the Pelican State, or in the American south in general, do yourself a favour and pick up this feast for the eyes and ears. Originally released in 2000, this stunning documentary grew out of filmmaker Mugge’s coverage of a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame bus tour through New Orleans and southwest Louisiana.

But, to paraphrase Spinal Tap’s Marty DiBergi, he got more than that, a lot more. Studded with illuminating interviews and live performances by artists big and small, this fascinating road trip offers eye-opening insight into Louisiana as a multicultural crucible for blues, country, gospel, Cajun and creole music. Entertaining, informative and utterly engrossing.