MEDIA - AO2013-04

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
These are long-time Opry regulars and serve as our house band in the middle of each season. Anne Crowell has a great voice that can croon out some very sweet ballads and change gears to a great blues styling. Her husband, Jerry has a unique sound of his own and they can harmonize perfectly. Their acoustic mix can only be described as Americana. They always bring a surprise to the Opry stage.

Storyville String Band
This group, named after a very famous, or infamous depending on your outlook, area of New Orleans. The locale was probably the greatest incubator for New Orleans Jazz during that red light district’s heyday around the turn of the twentieth century. The name for this band is well chosen because they perform traditional New Orleans Jazz exclusively on acoustic string instruments reviving the way this great music form was performed as it developed into what it is today. This is truly roots music.

Double Date
Joel Savoy and Linzay Young are arguably two of the finest and most versatile young musicians in the State of Louisiana. They are both members of the famous Red Stick Ramblers and Joel is a member of one of the premier family of musicians in Louisiana. They have both appeared on the Opry stage numerous times in other configurations and can be seen all around the state and country performing at some major festivals. For this act, they are teaming up with their wives, two equally talented young ladies: Kelli Jones-Savoy and Emma Young. This is a don’t miss.

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.