Cajun and Creole music forms are closely related, sharing many common origins and influences.  Cajun music, originating from Nova Scotia dance music uses a fiddle or twin fiddles, and incorporates the German and Italian influence of the accordion to play two-steps and waltzes. Zydeco musicians substitute a washboard (frottoir) for the fiddle, a practice with African and Caribbean origins, and produce pieces for livelier dancing.

The music forms of blues, country, boogie woogie, rock and roll, and rockabilly, found in music halls in the upper region of the Heritage Area, contributed to the evolution and endurance of the well-known Louisiana Hayride. Blues and Gospel music, once called the Devil's music and God's music, respectively, evolved from the African-rooted ante-bellum traditions of spirituals, ring-shout's and work hollers. Sometimes incorporating various European elements, some gospel music follows British-American tradition. 

Listen to Regional Music

  • KBON 101.1 FM Eunice
  • KSLO 1230 AM Opelousas
  • KOCZ 103.7 FM Opelousas
  • KRVS 88.7 FM Lafayette


For a schedule of additional radio programs and regional music events click here.
For articles and essays about music in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area click here.