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Stephen Foster's LOU'SIANA BELLE - Tom Roush

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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2011

WARNING: In using the original lyrics, this song may be offensive to some people. Like it or not, songs such as this one are part of our history. If this 1847 minstrel show favorite was not so 'politically incorrect,' I'm sure that it would still be popular today. Like many of Foster's works, "Lou'siana Belle" disappeared into obscurity when minstrel shows met their demise. The most popular minstrel troupe that performed this song was known as the "SABLE HARMONISTS." Unlike many minstrel troupes of the day, the 'Harmonists' were comprised of black Americans not white's in 'blackface.' I replaced each piano break with a fiddle playing the piano part. It's musical structure resembles that of a 'hoedown.' This could be the most 'politically incorrect' hoedown in history! This and other songs of Stephen Foster are available on my CD - 'DOWN AMONG THE CANE BRAKES' available at: http://tomroush.us/ or at iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dow...

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