MEDIA - AO2007-05

The Abita Springs Opry is a series of music concerts held six times a year and is produced by a nonprofit organization, Abita Opry Inc. The show has the mission of preserving and presenting Louisiana "Roots" music. Our music is played primarily acoustically, in its original form.

Our main thrust is old-time Country, Bluegrass, and traditional Southern Gospel music, but we often present other forms of traditional Louisiana music such as Cajun, Zydeco, Irish, or other types that reflect the many different groups of people who are part of our diverse culture.

Abita Strings

This home town bluegrass ensemble is one of the Opry's "House Band". Setting the pace for every show, the Abita Strings have taken Traditional to another level.


Big Daddy O is one of those rare blues finds. For more than thirty years he has been playing in roadhouses and bars in the delta area near the Louisiana/Mississippi border. Rabadash Records "discovered" Big Daddy 'O' playing at small bar in Amite, Louisiana. His approach to performing songs makes each song sound like his own, and everyone who has the pleasure of hearing him loves his big beautiful voice and good-natured presentation. At 6'6", he has a strong presence on stage that no one forgets. He performs as a solo act as well as with his band, "The Big Daddy 'O' Revue."

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

The Honky Tonk Revue was founded in the summer of 2004 as Gal Holiday set out to create a band that harkened back to her rural roots in the mountains of Western Maryland. Having been raised on folk and bluegrass music, Gal longed for a re-connection to her musical "kinsfolk" in her new home of New Orleans where she had been transplanted 5 years earlier. Following Hurricane Katrina and her subsequent effects over the New Orleans musical community, The Honky Tonk Revue returned with a renewed spirit and musical vision.

The Honky Tonk Revue plays Vintage Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Classic Country music with a heavy dose of Western Swing for good measure.

The Petty Bones
Acoustically based multi-instrumentalists, with emotionally charged songwriting and vocals, The Petty Bones continue to deliver a variety of rootsy original, traditional & cover tunes to an ever increasing group of loyal listeners from all ages and backgrounds.

Jerry Crowell (Rev Luther)-Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals & Kazoo Anne Langston-Crowell (Annabelle)-Guitar, Piano/Keyboards, Banjo, Vocals & Kazoo too Harvey Jones (Curly P)-Guitar, Mandolin Charles MacGowan (Buzz)-Bass

Since their beginning as a duo, Jerry and Anne shared roadhouse floors, stages, live radio and studio session time with many artists including Big Daddy O, The Benji Davis Project, Bonnie Bramlett, The Olivier's, Chris Thomas King, Colin Linden & the legendary Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.