Folk, Roots, World and Acoustic
Music in Baton Rouge
and South Central Louisiana


Welcome Back To The Hootenanny Power Pages, Folk and Roots Music Playlist, and Coming Events in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.  The Hootenanny Power radio show, since 1981 on WRKF  Public Radio Baton Rouge.  The live audio stream may be heard via computer, Saturday nights, 9 pm to midnight central time, at www.wrkf.org, or on the airwaves at 89.3

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Sunday 23 Nov 2014 Patrick Sylvest, Flanagan's in Thibodaux

Thursday 4 Dec 2014 Shawn Camp, Red Dragon



from Lynn Anselmo
 Yes it is confusing,Our Chelsea's Songwriters Night is an Open Mic starting with the next one Dec 11th.

(Yes that is the 2nd Thurs. of the month.

We had the CD release party for the Nov Date and we are changing from the 2nd Thurs to the 3rd Thurs from Jan on.

So It will be Jan. 15th -  Feb 19th and so on. Sign up for the open mic is at 7pm first act 7:30

Thanks for your support.



News from the Red Dragon: contact cmaxwell@premier.net

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

A little help for our friends.....
How many of you are familiar with local piano man HENRY GRAY? Henry is a 90 year old piano playing blues legend and he has fallen on hard times financially. We are putting together a fundraising event to help Henry with his bills and to let him know he is appreciated. Stay tuned.....we hope to have a few things set up in the coming week. Set aside a few bucks to help out!
Binky's Dad, chris m

Louisiana Americana & Folk Society (LAFS) dba The Red Dragon Listening Room
Last year the Red Dragon Listening Room applied for Federal non-profit status. From the date of application, we were able to claim such status. But it is still a great relief that we finally received our IRS letter confirming our approval. Kind of exciting! In the future we hope to whine less to our patrons and spend a little more time chasing corporate sponsors and federal grants. Hey y'all......WE ARE A TAX DEDUCTION!

Fullbright show is sold out....
I guess the fastest way to get people to request reservations is to announce a show as "sold out". We announced our Dec 7 JOHN FULLBRIGHT show as sold out a few days ago. Since then I've had eight more requests. All I can do at this point is put you on a waiting list. Hey, maybe I should check with his management about the next night........

Big Announcement......
If you haven't already guessed our big announcement is the return of the great BILLY JOE SHAVER! Billy Joe and his band will return on Friday, Feb 27. The show just went up on the Manship website (www.ManshipTheatre.org) this morning. If you want the best seats, buy early! As for our sponsors.....who wants this first show? I know we have several committed, but I'm sure this particular show is close to someone's heart. And it comes with a bunch of comp tickets! Drop me a private note.  Hey, did I mention that STEVE JUDICE (JUICE!!!!) will open the show?
If you have not kept up to speed on things, our Thur, Dec 4 SHAWN CAMP show has been moved to the regular ole Red Dragon. Shawn is incredible and has a wonderful story....but not enough folks down here know how great he is. So this year we will host him at the Dragon. Maybe next year we can fill the Manship! MARTIN FLANAGAN will open the show.

The Red Dragon has had the good fortune to book JOE ELY a couple of times in the past. The last time was for a big show at the Manship. This time Joe is touring on short notice.....so we've got him at the ole Red Dragon. The show will take place on Saturday, Jan 10, 2015,  at 8pm. Joe will be traveling as a duo. This show will sell out well in advance, so reserve early. As an added bonus, we have arranged for Dragon favorite CHRIS CANTERBURY to open the show. I know this show is over two months away, but I'm excited already!

The "Steel Wheels" concert at the Manship on Sunday Oct. 19th was excellent.
The week-long Enon Camp/jam last week was successful and enjoyed beautiful weather.  Bluegrassers from southern Miss. and SE La. convened for a great time camping and pickin' together.
The Sunday jam at POCHE Plantation on the 26th was quite successful - thanks to good weather, plenty of shade and lots of pickers.  Gina Forsyth joined us for a porch jam in the afternoon.
The "Fugitive Poets" anchored the Yellow Leaf festival in St. Francisville on Sat and Sun the 26th and 27th and it was huge success.
On Tues. Oct 28 the concert by "Old Salt Union" at the Manship was marred by  poor sound-board management.  The volume was adjusted for Tiger Stadium and ruined what would otherwise have been a great concert by some extremely talented newgrass musicians.
On Sunday the 2nd Nov. -  an excellent jam was had at Boutin's with the usual crowd and some new faces.
On Tuesday, the bluegrass crowd obviously went to the polls and their candidates won!
We have a new shipment of long-sleeved shirts beautifully embroidered: "Baton Rouge Bluegrass" and "Louisiana Bluegrass" with a traditional fiddle.
There is usually a bluegrass show at "Old South Jamboree" in Walker on the 2nd Saturday of  each month.  We have neglected that venue for too long.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the weather!

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
Regular jams:
2nd Sat - bluegrass JAM - 11 am @ Main St. Market - BR
Sun   Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Jam - BOUTIN'S (Bluebonnet in BR) - 3 p.m.- 6 pm
Our main financial supporter is HARRIS Law Firm.  Preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan who is concerned about his family and estate, and for the serious "picker" who is concerned about the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars.   For answers to questions:  contact:  HarrisLawFirm@aol.com.     www.HarrisLawBR.com

Lynn Boutin allows us the use of his restaurant facility at
BOUTIN's on Bluebonnet Blvd. for jams every Sunday  (20 years).   Invaluable!   Without Lynn = homeless. ....tell him how much you appreciate his support of bluegrass and roots music.
Gerard Furniture in BR is a generous financial supporter, contributing to the cost of bringing in guest performers for Jams.  Show support by mentioning "bluegrass" when you visit the store on Florida Boulevard at the corner of S. Lobdell.
Bluegrass&Olde Tyme
acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana



I'm thrilled to share that I'll be performing at the Red Dragon Listening Room
in Baton Rouge on November 21st, opening for A.J. Croce
. The Show begins at 8pm! Randy Walsh will provide his lovely fiddling and backing vocals!

Be sure to follow the link and check out A.J.'s picture. He looks just like his Dad, Jim. Yeah, that Jim Croce! A.J. is a fantastic songwriter, musician and performer! I'm looking forward to his show as much as I am honored and excited to open for him!

I'll be performing at Flanagan's Creative Food and Drink
, 1111 Audubon Avenue in Thibodaux on two consecutive Sunday's in November, on the 16th and the 23rd!

On November 23rd, Randy Walsh will be joining me on Fiddle and Backing Vocals.

We all love performing at Flanagan's and the culinary delights are certainly a high point of this gig! Brunch is from 10AM - 2PM. We'll perform from 11AM - 2PM. There is a TV in the bar if you'd prefer to sit there for the Saints games as our tunes filter through to you. Incidentally, I should share that for my restaurant gigs, I'm performing through a Bose L1 system that provides crystal clear and full sound throughout the room without blasting too loudly, so that you can enjoy both your conversation and the music. Come on out and have a listen! The comments from the employees and patrons have all been enthusiastically positive!

http://www.patricksylvest.com is completely reconfigured and operational!

We've decided to stream all of my music through the website so that you can listen to all of my recorded songs in their entirety over your computer as you browse! However, please consider purchasing a CD or downloading a track or two, as this helps defray the cost of production and puts gas in the tank for gigs! I also have a few commemorative 'Lonesome Troubadour' T-Shirts available.

Check out my new CD, 'Lonesome Troubadour', co-produced with Randy Walsh at Stray Records Studio in Bayou Goula, LA. Available from iTunes , and on CD and mp3 from CD Baby.

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!!!

PAT SYLVEST HAS ANNOUNCED the availability of his latest CD, 'Lonesome Troubadour'.

"It's currently available only through me, out of the trunk of my car or by mail order. $15.00 plus $3 for shipping/packaging... Thanks so much for your support over the years!"


TOP ARTISTS OF OCTOBER 2014 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L broadcast radio playlists
Based on 12446 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. The Stray Birds
2. The Early Mays
3. Johnsmith
4. Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet
5. Jonathan Byrd
6. Louise Mosrie
7. Bob Dylan
8. Jackson Browne
9. Jesse Winchester
9. Nell Robinson
11. Hot Rize
12. Anne Hills
12. Chris Smither
14. Lee Murdock
15. Richard Thompson
16. Heather Styka
16. James Hill
16. Pete Seeger
19. Billy Strings And Don Julin
19. John Gorka
19. John McCutcheon
19. Kyle Carey
19. Phil Ochs
24. Chris Coole And Ivan Rosenberg
24. Hardin Burns
24. Mark Erelli
24. Scott Ainslie
28. Beth Wood
28. Pieta Brown
30. Cheryl Wheeler
30. Eliza Gilkyson
30. John Flynn
30. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
30. Lucinda Williams
35. Leonard Cohen
35. Mary Chapin Carpenter
35. Red Molly
38. Nanci Griffith
38. Seldom Scene
40. Adler And Hearne
40. Ellis Paul
40. Front Country
40. Joe Crookston
40. Joni Mitchell
40. Phil Henry
40. Susan Werner




The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz

Friday, November 14th, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Festival at the Barn, The Music Barn in Polkville, MS
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Lagniappe Dulcimer Festival
Port Allen, LA
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Calmes House Concert Series
Central, LA 

Highlights of Graham Nash at Folk Alliance in Kansas City 2014



LSU Press Publishes First Biography of Huey “Piano” Smith

“I credit Huey with opening the door for funk, basically as we know it, in some ridiculously hip way, and putting it in the mainstream of the world’s music.” –Dr. John, 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Baton Rouge— Huey “Piano” Smith’s musical legacy stands alongside fellow New Orleans legends like Dr. John, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, and Allen Toussaint. His 1957 classic, “Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” made Billboard’s top R&B singles chart, and hundreds of artists have recorded his songs, including Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, and Chubby Checker.

The first biography of the artist responsible for hits “Don’t You Just Know It,” “High Blood Pressure,” and “Sea Cruise,” Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues follows the musician from his Depression-era childhood to his years as a pianist for blues star Guitar Slim to his mainstream success in the 1950s and ’60s. Drawing from extensive interviews and court records, author and journalist John Wirt also provides new insights on Smith’s professional disappointments and financial struggles of the 1980s and ’90s as he battled for legal ownership of his most successful and profitable work.

An enigmatic and guarded personality in a profession of extroverted performers, Smith made far-reaching contributions to the New Orleans music scene as a songwriter, pianist, and producer. Wirt reveals that Smith’s numerous collaborative ventures—including the Clowns, the Pitter Pats, the Hueys and Shin-Dig Smith, and the Soul Shakers—were vehicles for his creative vision rather than anonymous backup for a leading front man.

Throughout this intimate account, Wirt details Smith’s significant impact on rock and roll history and underscores both the longevity of his music—which has entertained and inspired for over five decades—and the musician’s personal endurance in the face of hardship and opposition.

John Wirt has covered music, film, and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, and The Advocate’s Baton Rouge and New Orleans editions.

March 2014 / 312 pages, 6 x 9, 9 halftones
Paper $25.95, ebook available
LSU Press Paperback Original





The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz:

Okey dokey artichokies, The Boyz have a few up coming events for you to peruse and hopefully attend.  And yet, even bigger news.  Van Glynn, fiddler and mandolinist extraordinaire, has shown a complete lack of good judgement and common sense and has joined The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz as a full partner in this mayhem.  His family and friends are aghast at this lack of discretion on his part but we are delighted. We hope he doesn't have second thoughts when the drugs wear off.  He's already catching flack from little old ladies at his church . . . "You're playing with who . . . ?  Well I never . . . How do you pronounce that?  What does that mean?" 

And for all of ya'll interested in our videos, here is a link to a site where you can see some of Randy Walsh's other work.  Click on the "Stray Films Montage".  We're in very rarefied company.


See ya'll soon.

The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz "Not 'Yer Daddy's Bluegrass . . ." http://BagasseBoyz.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8f4bb2ec4896a1766a86547ef&id=8c621c13ea&e=09123e6860



Clarence Recommends: Every Friday  - Coobie Joe cajun band every Friday at Boutin's Cajun restaurant 7pm-10pm at 8322 Bluebonnet Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70810 (225) 819-9862 www.boutins.com

Cajun Fiddle Lessons by Ann Vidrine: Clarence's friend Ann Vidrine gives cajun fiddle lessons. If you are interested in playing the cajun fiddle, she would be a good person to learn from. For lessons, call 225-343-7398 or email: annvidrine [type the at sign] cox.net

Baton Rouge's Cajun and Zydeco Radio Shows:

* Sat 5am-7am WTGE 100.7 FM Roland Doucet's Cajun Radio show www.newcountry1007.com

* Sat 7pm-9pm WBRH 90.3 FM Clarence's Cajun Saturday Night www.cajunradio.org

* Sun 5pm-7pm WHYR 96.9 FM Ann Vidrine's Cajun Experience Radio Show www.whyr.org

* Sun 7pm-9pm KLSU 91.1FM The Front Porch Fais Do-Do Cajun/Zydeco show with LSU student DJ Couillon. It broadcasts on the web at www.klsuradio.fm Request line: (225) 578-5578 



Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:




San Francisco's Tompkins Square Label Releases 'Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America's Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013'. 3-CD Box Set Available Worldwide September 24, 2013

Unreleased performances by Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Kate McGarrigle, Rick Danko, Anais Mitchell, Sleepy John Estes, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and more.

Nestled in the quaint upstate town of Saratoga Springs, New York is Caffè Lena, the oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse in the US. Opened by Lena Spencer in 1960, this tiny room has played host to influential artists across diverse genres of music; traditional folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz and bluegrass. Luckily, many performances were caught on tape through the years, offering the listener a thrilling seat inside this hallowed venue. ‘Live At Caffè Lena’, a 3-CD box set, the result of years of investigative research, contains 47 tracks, all released for the very first time, alongside previously unpublished photographs. Images include selections from the archive of esteemed photographer Joe Alper, who captured many iconic, intimate portraits from the folk era of the 1960s.

'Live At Caffè Lena' documents an important folk universe that was and is still happening in upstate New York, a story heretofore largely untold. The release of this collection comes at an auspicious time in light of renewed interest in the New York folk scene of the 60s as depicted in the forthcoming Coen Brothers film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk's 2005 memoir 'The Mayor of Macdougal Street.' Van Ronk, a Caffè Lena regular, served as a mentor to many artists, some who would go on to eclipse his fame. His 1974 recording of "Gaslight Rag" featured on the box set references the Gaslight Café, a famed Greenwich Village venue that along with Caffè Lena was a catalyst for the folk music revival.

Caffè Lena embodied the spirit of the folk boom, the era and its artistry, building a reputation as a hotbed of creativity and connection. It was also a safe haven and nurturing space for artists, its atmosphere cultivated personally by Lena Spencer herself. She would graciously house wayward artists, sometimes for months at a time. But she was not merely a host. She championed artists, from Bob Dylan as early as 1961 all the way through the 80s until her passing. Her passion for identifying and promoting talent is evident throughout this 3-CD set. That Caffè Lena is still open for business tonight is a testament to her legacy.


"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre.  In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound."



Pats Sylvest, "Highway 90" from Randy Rome Walsh on Vimeo.

Patrick Sylvest dot com!


James Linden Hogg is the WWI Museum national History Day finalist and reigning state champion in the performance category.  





Yoo hoo . . . its us again . . .

The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz "Not 'Yer Daddy's Bluegrass . . ." http://www.bagasseboyz.com http://www.cdbaby.com/all/theboyz







Hi there,

I host a local BG / folk/gospel radio show that airs on several country stations on Sunday morning. If you have a recent recording that would reflect this format, please send along.  I would be glad to air.  Please let me know what song that you are trying to push.

I do this only as a labor of love for this kind of music and to promote local artist.

Thanks and tell your Mamma you love her.

Jim  jimhogggroup@cox.net    http://youtu.be/tfiXcyDWGso



Patrick Sylvest, "Collard Greens" from Randy Rome Walsh on Vimeo.


Patrick Sylvest dot com! Purchase CD's Here! www.reverbnation.com/patricksylvest


Les Kerr, Old Lighthouse


Robert Calmes/Drifthouse - Kennesaw Line


Here's a great article on Clay Parker.


Patrick Sylvest



Trouvère: Carl Kleinpeter ~ Lawrence King ~ Gary Ragan



My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA.   I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.

Thank you!

Cafe Des Amis <gm@cafedesamis.comwww.cafedesamis.com


"I have been affected by secondhand smoke.  I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage.  I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
--Deacon John

Music selections from  audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's  Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can  tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music;  country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the  eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings  available for educational use.

To listen  visit:








When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.



This website is updated Saturdays, before the Hootenanny Power radio show at 9 pm on WRKF.  Please don't wait until Monday or Tuesday after the radio show to send me info on a performance that coming Friday.  It definitely won't make the show, and probably won't make the website.  tlcaffery at yahoo dot com



Clarence's Cajun/Zydeco show is on WBRH, 90.3 fm, Saturdays 7-8 pm, and area Cajun and Zydeco radio info are always found at www.cajunradio.org , Cajun music jams at http://www.cajunradio.org/cajunjams.html, and don't forget the  Baton Rouge Blues Society and all its events and listings, at www.batonrougeblues.org


Click here for the playlist from the most recent Hootenanny Power on WRKF
Click here for other recent playlists. (Sometimes, when the web host is down with overnight planned maintenance, this second link will have the latest playlist first!)

Latino music, art and cultural events are listed at www.LaTno.com, described as "A loose Spanglish acronym for 'La. T n.o.' - Lah-TEE-noh, the Louisiana (La.) and New Orleans (n.o.) connection."

For fun, traditional country music, check out the Old South Jamboree, Walker LA.  (I wish they had a website!)

For this week's Hootenanny Power show, thanks to  Caffery Gallery www.cafferygallery.com

Write me via e-mail if your upcoming folk music, blues, celtic, world, cajun, or similar event should be here. WRKF's signal covers much of South Central Louisiana, so I'd like to include as much info as I can about events listeners might want to know about throughout the state.
--Taylor Caffery, WRKF tlcaffery@yahoo.com


Remember, The Neutral Ground Coffee House in New Orleans  is Louisiana's oldest regular folk venue.  There's ALWAYS somebody worth hearing on their schedule, year 'round (an assertion supported by NPR's interview with owner Philip Melancon on Saturday, Aug 2, 2003's Weekend Edition, with Philip playing Roy Rogers songs on accordion!)  If you'll be in the Nawlins area, be sure to check the Neutral Ground calendar at www.neutralground.org  (Since Katrina, the website has not shown a current schedule, but it has a guestbook for artists and customers to check in)



Rob Payer Rhythm Review WBRH 90.3 FM   Saturday / 7am-1pm
Tabby Thomas Tabby's Blues Box on WBRH 90.3 FM  Saturday / 1pm-2pm
Weekly Guest host Blues Buffet WBRH 90.3 FM Saturday / 2pm-3pm
Pat McBride, Louisiana Gumbo on WBRH 90.3  Saturday / 3pm-4pm
S.J. Montalbano, Roots of Rock & Roll on WBRH 90.3   Saturday / 4pm-7pm
Zia Tammami, Spontaneous Combustion & Cat's Corner  Sunday  KLSU 91.1  10am-2pm 
      WBRH 90.3  3pm-7pm
Noel Jackson, The Southern Soul Show on KBRH 1260 AM  / Sunday 11am-noon
Clarence Moritz Jr., Cajun and Zydeco Radio Show, KBRH 1260 AM / Sunday noon - 2 pm



People do express that sentiment to me oftimes, but the station schedule is guided by all sorts of important considerations, and I'm happy to continue to have the opportunity to bring this alternative music to our area and support the touring performers in whatever way possible. Now, my friend Rich Warren in Chicago on WFMT hosts a show called The Midnight Special, which has been around since the 1950s, when the host was Mike Nichols. Rich loves the late-night hours for folk music, but he knows some folks can't listen to the radio at that time (asleep? out partying?), so he has detailed instructions for taping his show, which can be done on a video recorder (vcr). Recognizing that his station's FM frequency is different, and you'd want to tune to 89.3, here's a link to Rich Warren's "manual" for taping a two-hour radio show on your VCR. Thanks, Rich.


Get an iPhone or Android phone.  Download the WRKF app.  When the show starts, hit pause on your app.  Play it later.

Thomas Mann Techno-Romantic jewelry at Caffery Gallery
Thomas Mann Design Techno-Romantic Jewelry, at Caffery Gallery, 4016 Government Street at Richland 388-9397
Your basic collector's item: The General Store Hootenanny Power t-shirt


Mary Ann Caffery will be exhibiting new photographs along with artists Amy James and Brian Kelly at Baton Rouge Gallery beginning August 4 and running through August 30.  The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Wednesday, August 7 from 7 to 9 pm at Baton Rouge Gallery.

Mary Ann Caffery's photographic series titled Vignettes:  Out of the Darkness….Into the Light, is a series of photographs taken around the LSU lakes.

In November I began observing the migrating birds arriving at the LSU lakes here in Baton Rouge, as I have for many years.  Some years I document what I see in photographs and short videos, some years I just watch them.  This year I also took photo trips to the Lafayette, Jefferson Island, and Avery Island area to see the rookeries, as well as going on an annual group photographic expedition to the south Louisiana coast to document areas that are disappearing.

This series of photographs Vignettes:  Out of the Darkness…Into the Light is based on what I observed here in Baton Rouge on mornings when I was on  walks around the LSU lakes as I had often done in the winter months, primarily to watch the pelicans in their strange feeding rituals.  I kept stumbling onto this subplot of egrets in what I observed to be a surreal setting in that it looked like an ancient, choreographed stage production in which the birds were the actors, entering stage left, exiting stage right.  They emerged from the fog and from the darkness, then disappeared back into nowhere, as choruses of birds chanted on the sides.  There was an element of mystery in what I saw.  The scenes were so unusual that they looked like paintings when I looked at the photographs I had taken.

My goal in this series is to convey an atmosphere in my photographs that is mysterious and veiled or that portrays time standing still.   Photographs portray a moment in time, and in this case they emphasize that heavy, veiled, mysterious atmosphere of an early morning.  Some of the photographs in this series are about coming out of the darkness, some are about emerging into the light.  These photographs were taken with my point and shoot camera rather than my more modern DSLR camera.  I am not sure I could have captured that feel of old black and white movies and photographs, which I think makes these photographs convey what I want to convey, with the newer camera.

I work in a variety of mediums, the common thread running through all of my work being light—whether it be my work in glass, mosaic, paint, or photography.  When I was a student at LSU I took photography classes, and I have steadily photographed over the years.  I initially took photographs to use as inspirations for my paintings and glass work, but in this instance photographs best portrayed the stage drama of the family Egretta and their ancient rituals.