MEDIA - AO2012-10

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.

The Petty Bones
We never quite know what this house band will bring to the stage. The group is led by Ann and Jerry Crowell. Anne has great voice that can range from sweet ballads to belting out the blues with the best of them. She and Jerry also offer great harmonies. Jerry and Ann are also skilled on a number of instruments, but Jerry's favorite is an antique tenor banjo that was donated to the Abita Springs Opry. Harvey Jones on mandolin and Bobby Belloni on bass provide capable backup. Their music style can best be described as Americana delivered in a traditional mode.

Amadee Frederick
Amadee the "Creole Man" Frederick is a life-long resident of Abita Springs. He is very well known among Blues musicians on the North shore and in New Orleans. He has been performing Blues music his entire life and he can put out some great blues sounds ranging from the hard driving hot licks to the more mellow Delta Blues sounds that are the tap roots of that great music form. Amadee's maturity as a musician and deliverer of this great American music form ranks him as one of the best around.

Pot Luck Cajun Band
While it may be difficult to imagine a great Cajun Band comprised of people who make their homes on the north shore, but this group of musicians are it. They are returning from a hiatus as a family-based Cajun band. They performed at the Opry several years ago before temporarily disbanding. Fortunately, for all of us, they are back in the swing of performing that great, very uniquely Louisiana blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar and Cajun French vocals.

The Wasted Lives
When I received a sound sample from this group, my response was, "where have you guys been." They performed for our pre-show audience last spring on the front porch. They also hung around for the after-the- show jam session at the Abita Brew Pub. They are a delight to hear and some very nice people. If you like the great sound of ‘Honky Tonk" country music, you will love the Wasted Lives. They have been performing in the New Orleans area, and will be a great addition to our stage.