The Louisiana Hayride, began a weekly showcase of talented singers, songwriters and performers. Little did anyone realize the impact that would be made from the stage of Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium. The Louisiana Hayride became known as The Cradle of the Stars, because so many international stars began their careers on this program. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, are just a few of the acts that went on to stardom after performing on The Louisiana Hayride. Perhaps the most prominent performer to begin his career on the stage made his performance debut October 16th, 1954. That is when the world was introduced to Elvis Presley!
The Hayride was nationally broadcast on CBS radio and became a staple of Armed Forces Radio programming. Although the weekly programming ended in 1960, the Hayride was regularly scheduled through the 60s.
Many African American musicians played at the Municipal Auditorium as well. Blues musician Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, originally from Shreveport-Bossier, became well-known for his song “Good Night Irene”. Other influential African American musicians who have played at the Municipal Auditorium include James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bobbie “Blue” Bland and B.B. King.
- This was our “base camp” for much of the filming of ‘The Pardon’ a period feature film based on a true local story. Among the many wonderful memories from this project as a Scenic artist was how our Production designer Anne Stuhler would have me set-up out on location and paint “ol-timey” signs fast and fun!
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Detail from a mural I created that’s a part of the Old Globe Theater.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
India ink using pen and brush, on paper
A character I’ve drawn for decades came by the studio today for a visit.
colored pencil on paper
- I posted this on Thursday Nov 12 (So Calif) time zone. My heart goes out to those in France who lost their lives or were injured on Friday Nov 13. Also the pain and cruelty inflicted on the families and friends. Try as we may, there seems to be more of such tragedies.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
a late afternoon nap in Autumn
This photo was taken in Shreveport LA. It was once a major center of the US oil industry. The downtown is like a slice of NYC or Chicago in the 1920’s, dropped into the Bayou. Though parts of this “Ark-La-Tex” city have fallen into a beautiful disrepair, much of the city is still in splendid shape. I worked on a couple of feature films there and loved to stroll the city on the weekends.
Looking up inside LACMA.
With the new Broad Museum’s opening in downtown Los Angeles, we here in California gained access to even more vibrant art. It’s always great seeing so much of my old friend Robert’s artwork so prominently displayed in LACMA, as well as the Broad.
While on a photo trip along the shore,
my camera and I saw her.
Perhaps she was watching her step,
or maybe we were looking at him.