BBHF to add new attractions: Festival will show Gallaspy documentary

Published 10:06 am Monday, September 5, 2016

By Marcelle Hanemann

For The Daily News

The multiple award-winning Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is adding to its range of offerings in its fifth year.

First, thanks to Carmen and Ted Jones, a band from the recently resurrected Louisiana Hayride will take the Heritage Stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. And the heritage runs deep.

The Louisiana Hayride is considered the second most influential program in country music history, behind only The Grand Ole Opry. In its heyday, from 1948 to 1960, the radio and later television show based in Shreveport was known for welcoming young up-and-comers. And although the Hayride started with country music, it soon expanded to include country blues, rockabilly, and even rock and roll.

It’s where Elvis Presley got his start. The Hayride also provided a home for other music greats like Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Faron Young, Tex Ritter, and Bob Wills.

Last year it was announced that the Louisiana Hayride Foundation, headed by Margaret Warwick, planned to bring the iconic Hayride back. Jones and BBHF organizers heard the word, and set about bringing the band to the Bogalusa festival’s Heritage Stage.

Anyone interested in the heritage and the overall evolution of music will not want to miss this show.

The second addition will bring even more local heritage to this year’s mix.

The BBHF will add showings of a documentary based on the widely beloved and recently deceased Dixie Gallaspy;s “charm” school, which was a veritable rite of passage for generations of Bogalusa girls.

But the show is not just for Bogalusans. Anyone who grew up in the South, who wants to better understand Southern ways, or who simply wants a good laugh is sure to be delighted.

The documentary, “Bogalusa Charm,” will be shown in the Pioneer Museum in the BBHF venue, Cassidy Park. The film was directed by Bogalusa’s native son, the late Steve Richardson, who captured the essence life in the small southern city. The show is both charming and hilarious. A schedule of showings during the festival will be posted on the festival website soon.

The BBHF takes place Sept. 23-24, 2016. For more information, visit

Marcelle Hanemann is the promotions chair for the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival.