Episode 8: Rock and Blues with a Cajun Accent
He grew up listening to swamp pop music. The only difference was that his Pop was one of the swamp poppers. This week’s Inside Louisiana podcast is a fun romp through the music that echoed across Louisiana during the early days of rock and roll. Historian Shane Bernard has stories to tell not only about his dad, Rod Bernard, but about the music that echoed across Louisiana during the early days of rock and roll. Bernard also has intriguing insights about Cajun and Creole history and about the evolution of the Tabasco empire. This is Louisiana with rhythm and spice. Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot join Bernard in discussing music and heritage of Louisiana. Oh yes, we will also join the debate about the difference between a Cajun and a Creole.
Shane K. Bernard holds degrees in English and History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a doctorate in History from Texas A&M University. He is author of several books about south Louisiana history and culture, including The Cajuns: Americanization of a People and Teche: A History of Louisiana’s Most Famous Bayou, among others. Shane serves as historian and curator to McIlhenny Company — maker of TABASCO® brand products since 1868 — on Avery Island, Louisiana. Son of late “swamp pop” music entertainer Rod Bernard, he lives in New Iberia, Louisiana, a short distance from the celebrated Bayou Teche.