Many of the most beloved songs in our South Louisiana soundtrack were written and recorded in Lake Charles. The Louisiana/Texas border town and its surrounding areas suffered catastrophic damage from Hurricane Laura last week and are now in the process of reconstruction.

Phil Phillips took his "Sea Of Love" to the top 10 in 1959, establishing Lake Charles as a beacon of Southern R&B. Cookie and Cupcakes also had a national hit with "Mathilda" that same decade while zydeco legend Boozoo Chavis made his first and highly influential recordings. Chavis and Phillips worked with Goldband Records, a Calcasieu Parish-based label that was also home to Cajun stars like Joel Sonnier and Cleveland Crochet and even recorded Dolly Parton's first sessions.

For this edition of Lafayette Weekly, I'm celebrating the timeless music from our westward neighbors in Lake Charles. You'll hear swamp pop classics like the Cajun rock n' roll of "Sugar Bee," "Got You On My Mind," by the Cupcakes, and Phillips' "Sea Of Love." Several zydeco standards, including John Delafose's "Lake Charles Two-Step," Chavis' "Uncle Bud," and a live recording of his signature "Johnny Billy Goat," in his hometown are in the mix as well. I also included Lucinda Williams' romantic image of her hometown on "Lake Charles," and The Band's 1969 radio hit, "Up On Cripple Creek,'' which famously immortalized the city in its opening verse.

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Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week

Thursday, September 3 at 8:00 pm
Mercer & Johnson
Hideaway on Lee

Friday, September 4 at 6:00 pm
Michael Scott Boudreaux
Olde Tyme Grocery

Friday, September 4 at 7:30 pm
The Good Dudes Facebook LIVE
Rock 'n' Bowl de Lafayette

Friday, September 4 at 8:00 pm
Les Frères Savoy
Hideaway on Lee

Saturday, September 5 at 8:00 pm
Corey Ledet  
Hideaway on Lee