Warren Storm to perform at St. Landry Parish Visitor Center
Swamp pop legend Warren Storm, who once rocked the Southern Club and Gilton’s Club in Eunice, is coming back to St Landry Parish. Storm and Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Yvette Landry are the featured guests at a special edition of St. Landry Sounds at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center I-49 exit 23 in Opelousas.
The duo will share music and conversation and sign copies of Storm’s new book, “Taking the World by Storm,” published on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. In his own words, Storm highlights his 70 years on stage in the 208-page book, which features more than 100 photos from his career.
Storm will also have copies of the book’s companion CD, an 11-song collection of new recordings that include John Fogerty, Marc Broussard, Sonny Landreth and other special guests.
“I can’t think of better Christmas gifts for Louisiana music fans,” said Herman Fuselier, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. “The book is a treasure chest of history and photos, showing Warren with the likes of Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson and so many others.
“The CD leaves no doubt that at age 82, Warren Storm’s still got it. The Godfather of Swamp Pop is alive and well and fans will be in for a real treat.”
Born Warren Schexnider in 1937 near Abbeville, Storm rode his vocal and drumming talents to the national charts with the 1958 hit, “Prisoner’s Song.” The hit kicked off a career of Storm performing swamp pop, rhythm and blues, country and more on stages across the region and United States.
Storm told his life story to Landry, an award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and children’s author. Her previous books include, “The Ghost Tree” and “Madame Grand Doigt,” which are both in the Library of Congress Collection for Children’s Literature.
For more information, visit the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission web site at cajuntravel.com.