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Alex V. Cook

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Alex V. Cook has written about music, travel and food for Country Roads since 2005. He teaches journalism at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications and his latest book is Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky Tonks and Dance Halls for LSU Press. His next one will be about hole-in-the-wall restaurants. He blogs furiously at alexvcook.com

 

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Photo by Mike Redaelli

Tank and the Bangas bring home-grown goodness from New Orleans to America's ears more

May 23, 2017 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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All photos by Lucie Monk Carter

Cajun revivalist and 2016 Small Town Chef more

Jun 21, 2016 12:00 AM Foodways

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Photos by Brian Pavlich

Cajun-Asian fusion from our youngest 2015 Small Town Chef more

Jun 22, 2015 12:00 AM Foodways

A review of Valcour Records' latest release more

Apr 28, 2015 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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Photos by Angela Major

The new Louie’s is like coming home more

Jan 22, 2015 12:00 AM Restaurants

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Photo by Zack Smith

The man behind MySpiltMilk writes about music in New Orleans more

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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Photo by Lucie Monk

An avid record collector turns his eclectic music tastes into conversations more

Sep 23, 2014 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

Christopher Brumfield and Raina Benoit in “Lineage” more

Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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Photos by Lucie Monk

Maureen Joyce is inspired by what’s growing locally. more

Jul 23, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants

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Photo by Alex V. Cook

Where even the alligators don’t interrupt the dancing and dining more

Jun 24, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants

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Photos by Julie Stewart

Hot on the trail of the next generation of tastemakers more

Jun 20, 2014 12:00 AM People & Places

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Photo by Alex V. Cook

Sometimes a left-hand turn leads you to one of the best Cajun restaurants around more

Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants

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There are a million poboys to be eaten; this place serves some of the best. more

Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants

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A new music venue is open for business, crossing invisible boundaries and "starting a communication" more

Feb 19, 2014 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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Photo by Alex V. Cook

One of the great roast-beef poboys in South Louisiana is possibly on the chopping block more

Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

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Alex V. Cook

This all-female quartet is a study in tight harmony and subtle instrumentation more

Nov 25, 2013 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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Alex V. Cook

A cherry on the kudzu-and-blues layer cake of North Mississippi more

Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM Getaways

Teddy's Juke Joint

Photo by Wes Kroninger

In the Zachary house where he was born, Teddy Johnson has been keeping the South’s juke joint tradition alive since 1979. more

Sep 4, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

Music travels. It rattles from strings, blows out the bell of a horn or a guitar amp, or is squeezed from an accordion bellows; but it travels across the room and across the world to let all who hear it know where that sound came from. Beca... more

Sep 1, 2013 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

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Frank McMains

Mardi Gras can be a tricky thing: resplendent in tradition and pageantry, yet always with rebellion at its core. Discovering traditions that expand our experience of the Mardi Gras tradition while maintaining this paradoxical spirit makes f... more

Sep 1, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places