If you’re a proud citizen of The Pelican State, you probably already know that there are some really good country songs about Louisiana that have been written over the years. Many of these Louisiana country songs are older classics, including tunes from Mel McDaniel, Emmylou Harris, and Conway Twitty. If we missed any of your favorites then let us know! We’ll add good songs to the list if you give us good suggestions, just as long as they are country songs with Louisiana in the lyrics or title.
1. Emmylou Harris - Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight
Originally written by Rodney Crowell and Donivan Cowart, Emmylou Harris covered “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight” on her 1978 album Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. The song tells the story of a small town girl who leaves Louisiana with a traveling man, and the troubles they encounter.
2. Alabama - Louisiana Moon
From their ninth studio album 40-Hour Week, “Louisiana Moon” is a great song by the legendary Alabama. The song tells the story of a forbidden love between a boy and a Louisiana girl with a strict father. The song describes the swamps and full moon of Louisiana - “I can’t stay away / ‘Cause I love the thrill / If the gator’s don’t get me / Her daddy will.”
3. Jimmie Rodgers - My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans
This classic tune by Jimmie Rodgers dates all the way back to 1928. “My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans” is a great song about hometown pride. The narrator of the song describes how he’s traveled all over the world, but his hometown of New Orleans will always be the best - I never knew that the place i grew / Is the grandest place on earth / Till I roamed around from town to town / But now I know what it’s worth.”
4. David Ball - Louisiana Melody
From his 2004 album Freewheeler, “Louisiana Melody” tells the story of a Tennessee man who had his heart captured by a girl in Louisiana - “Thibodaux Louisiana / That’s my kind of town / There I met a little dark eyed girl / That turned my whole world around.”
5. Mel McDaniel - Louisiana Saturday Night
My personal favorite song on this list, “Louisiana Saturday Night” by Mel McDaniel is the perfect country song. It describes life in the south, and enjoying the simpler things in life. “Dance in the kitchen ’til the morning light / Louisiana Saturday Night.”
6. George Strait - Down Louisiana Way
“Down Louisiana Way” appeared on George Strait’s 1994 album Lead On. This is a great country song about Louisiana pride, as it describes a man who is excited to return to his home in the Pelican State. The singer describes how he’ll miss his friends in Chicago and San Francisco, but Louisiana is the only place for him - “I will remember, my compadres in L.A. / Look me up, down Louisiana way.”
7. Toby Keith - New Orleans
From Toby Keith’s platinum certified album How Do You Like Me Now?!, “New Orleans” tells the story of a woman’s past life in New Orleans.
8. Conway Twitty - Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man
This great duet between Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn is a classic country song that has been around since 1973. The song is about a man and a woman who are separated by the Mississippi River, but do what they can to see each other as often as possible - “Louisiana woman, Mississippi man, we get together every time we can.”by