Ferriday ready for Louisiana Soundtrack Experience to roll into town

Published 12:06am Friday, August 2, 2013

FERRIDAY — Ferriday may be a small town, but its musical history is rich enough to attract the fourth stop of the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience.

The tour, sponsored by the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Oxford American Magazine, is designed to celebrate the state’s musical history, Communication Director Jacques Berry said.

Ferriday will host the fourth part of the tour, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Arcade Theater. Previous stops included Shreveport, Natchitoches and Lafayette. The final stop is New Orleans.

Lieutenant Governor’s Office Special Projects Director Richard Hartley said Thursday, during a Ferriday Rotary Club meeting, that Ferriday was chosen because of the three famous cousins — Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.

“Can you imagine growing up in Ferriday and having the three cousins roaming the streets,” Hartley said. “Ferriday is really on the map in the music world. People from out of state will look at this event and recognize Ferriday.”

Hartley said the Oxford American will profile the tour in its December edition, further boosting Ferriday’s exposure and potentially increasing tourism in the city.”

“It has really dawned on me how important tourism is,” he said. “$1 on tourism equals $17 coming back.”

The Saturday event is free and will begin with a panel discussion on preserving musical heritage.

A film screening of “Sunshine By The Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music” will follow the panel. The film profiles Louisiana’s musical heritage and features various musicians singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

The event wraps up with music from the Matthew Davidson Band, Kenny Bill Stinson and Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers.