swamp pop

American Routes Shortcuts: Warren Storm

Jul 31, 2020
Warren Storm
American Routes

Warren Storm, Cajun elder from Abbeville, Louisiana, is a drummer, singer, and pioneer of swamp pop, the style that combines R&B, country, Cajun, and Creole music. Storm’s family name is Warren Schexnider. He learned drums and guitar from his father at twelve, and then filled in at a gig with the Rayne-Bo Ramblers. Warren joined fellow Abbeville swamp pop musician Bobby Charles Guidry in seeking out rhythm and blues artists. Warren has played with many groups, but his enduring association is with saxophonist and vocalist Willie Tee Trahan and the Cypress Band.

American Routes Shortcuts: Johnnie Allan

Mar 24, 2017
Johnny Allan
American Routes

Each Week, American Routes bring you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. Johnnie Allan is a Swamp Pop legend, born John Allen Guillot, a sharecropper’s son. His mother and grandfather were musicians who played with family member Joe Falcon, on the first Cajun record in 1928. At 13, Johnnie Allan formed a Cajun Band. Later, he joined accordionist Lawrence Walker’s band on steel guitar.

Southern Louisiana in the early 1960s was a hotbed of musical creativity among youngsters who'd been raised listening to French-language country music and Fats Domino. They combined those — and other — influences to make what's now called "swamp pop." Joe Barry was a pioneer in this area who should have been much bigger.