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(From Bangkok Post)
Byline: JOHN CLEWLEY
Several readers have written into Worldbeat recently asking why I haven't written more about the so-called "regional" popular music styles of the US. In the past, I have written extensively on some of those exciting styles _ cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex and Tejano, bluegrass and klezmer, to name just the main ones _ but there have been so few albums available here in Bangkok that I must admit I have concentrated on other types of music.
It is time to rectify this omission and return to a part of the United States that I treasure dearly _ New Orleans and Louisiana. I have visited this region only once, in 1981, but the music I saw and heard then has left an indelible impression. Nowhere in the US matches the range of music found in this region. Why is this so?
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