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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 Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

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All photos by Lucie Monk Carter

Cajun revivalist and 2016 Small Town Chef Read more

Foodways

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Photos by Brian Pavlich

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

Foodways

A review of Valcour Records' latest release Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

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Photos by Angela Major

The new Louie’s is like coming home Read more

Restaurants

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Photo by Zack Smith

The man behind MySpiltMilk writes about music in New Orleans Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

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Photo by Lucie Monk

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

Visual & Performing Arts

Christopher Brumfield and Raina Benoit in “Lineage” Read more

Visual & Performing Arts

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Photos by Lucie Monk

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

Restaurants

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Photo by Alex V. Cook

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

Restaurants

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Photos by Julie Stewart

Hot on the trail of the next generation of tastemakers Read more

Small Town Chefs

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

Restaurants

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Photo by Alex V. Cook

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

Restaurants

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Photo by Alex V. Cook

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

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 Read more

People & Places

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Alex V. Cook

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

Visual & Performing Arts

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Alex V. Cook

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

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. Read more

People & Places

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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... Read more

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... Read more

Visual & Performing Arts