NCLAC Celebrates Year of the Song

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) announces its 13th Annual NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour. In celebration of Louisiana’s 2010 Year of the Song, NCLAC has added more live music, a Singer-Songwriter’s Workshop, and an open-mic Singer-Songwriter’s Concert to the lineup this year. All events will take place in downtown Ruston and the surrounding area during the weekend of Nov. 19-21, 2010. Governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana’s Legislature designated 2010 as The Year of the Song to recognize and celebrate the unique talents of Louisiana songwriters and their contribution to nearly every genre of American music since the invention of the phonograph. This initiative will also support ongoing economic development efforts related to music publishing, songwriting and sound recording across the state.

While the Holiday Arts Tour remains an opportunity for the public to meet more than 50 regional artists in multiple disciplines, this year’s visitors will notice more regional musicians and more offerings for singer-songwriters.

In honor of the Year of the Song, NCLAC is hosting a Singer-Songwriter’s Workshop taught by Kevin Gordon. A north Louisiana native, Gordon grew up hearing music that shares the same raw emotion and spontaneity that he now puts into his own.


Over the course of twenty years of writing, recording and touring, Kevin Gordon has built an impressively consistent catalog of songs, a critically acclaimed stack of albums, and a reputation for dynamic live performances that make first-time listeners life-long fans.

Gordonʼs songs have been recorded by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Levon Helm of The Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Kate Campbell, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and others. Gordon now lives in Nashville, but he tours throughout the U.S. and is a regular performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Louisiana Folklife Festival. Also a published poet, Gordon holds an MFA degree from the renowned University of Iowa Writersʼ Workshop.

The Singer-Songwriter’s Workshop, which costs $20 a day for NCLAC members and $25 a day for nonmembers, will take place Nov. 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily in the Community Trust Bank meeting room (1511 North Trenton).

Gordon has asked that we keep the workshop small, no more than 10, to allow for more productive, one-on-one instructional time. Interested parties are encouraged to contact NCLAC to pre-register.

In addition to the workshop, NCLAC will be placing regional musicians at various Tour sites throughout the weekend. Featured musicians include Monty Russell and General Patterson, Cain Budds and the Heady Brew, Sara Sullivan, and DaOne Hillside among others.


The Tour will conclude with an open-mic concert for singer-songwriters and workshop participants in Lincoln Parish Library Events Center from 2-5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Plum Creek Foundation and Holiday Inn Express of Ruston.

“Louisiana’s songwriters have made a substantial contribution to the catalog of American music,” said Sherri McConnell, director of Louisiana Economic Development’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development. “The 2010 Year of the Song, including events such as this one, will help us grow this aspect of the music and sound recording industry across the state.”

To learn more about, the NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour, visit, call us at 318-255-1450, or write to Tour brochures, which contain a map and full details, will be available at the Dixie Center for the Arts (211 N. Vienna St.) before and during the Tour. To learn more about 2010 Year of the Song and other events taking place throughout the year, please visit