Swamp Blues in Baton Rouge
Memphis may be the Home of the Blues, but Baton Rouge is the unofficial swamp blues capital of Louisiana. The genre—a slow, Cajun-inspired take on classic blues—crossed the Atlantic to Europe, influencing the likes of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, The Kinks, and Eric Clapton. Explore Baton Rouge’s musical heritage during The Baton Rouge Blues Festival (in April), one of the oldest blues festivals in the country. Get a flavor of the local swamp blues scene at juke joints like Phil Brady’s, with the longest-running Thursday night blues jam around; Teddy’s Juke Joint, the last stop on Highway 61; and new venues like Dyson House Listening Room and Mid-City Ballroom.
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