All Y'all

All Y'all

All Y'all is a live storytelling event series and podcast featuring stories from the Deep South. Hosts Sara Hebert and Chris Jay bring the community together through powerful, true stories told in front of an audience, without notes. The podcast is independently produced with help from sponsors and the community of Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.... Show More

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September 14, 2020 20 min
AJ Haynes, a Shreveport native and founder of the acclaimed rock group Seratones, is not one to mince words. For the sixth and final episode in our podcast series exploring the cultural impact of The Louisiana Hayride, Haynes joined All Y’all co-host Sara Hebert for a free-wheeling conversation that covers the history of Texas Avenue, racial erasure in pop culture, Shreveport music venues, the state of modern country music, and mor...
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On the afternoon that Mr. Alton Warwick, widowed husband and business partner of Margaret “Maggie” Lewis Warwick, sat down with All Y’all and LPB to share his memories of The Louisiana Hayride, only seven months had passed since Maggie’s death. For decades, he and Maggie had worked side-by-side to promote the Hayride as a potential economic driver for Shreveport. Her absence loomed large over our conversation. Maggie had been a ...
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Kix Brooks, the Shreveport native and bona fide country music superstar, was only five years old when the original Louisiana Hayride produced by KWKH came to an end in 1960. He grew up in the Highland and Shreve Island neighborhoods, graduated from Louisiana Tech University, and honed his songwriting chops at downtown Shreveport nightclubs like Humpfrees. These days, Brooks calls Nashville home, but visits Shreveport often. During...
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Joey Kent grew up backstage at The Louisiana Hayride—just not the version of the Hayride that you may be thinking of. His father, Shreveport media executive David Kent, launched a second installment of the Hayride after the original iteration of KWKH’s influential barn dance program fell silent in 1960. David Kent’s Louisiana Hayride, produced in partnership with emcee and radio personality Frank Page, moved the show from Shrevepor...
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Growing up poor in Marthaville, Louisiana in the 1940s, Big Rob Gentry considered only four things in his hardscrabble world to be indispensable: Jesus Christ, Earl Long, the Sears and Roebuck catalog, and KWKH. The latter was brought into his home courtesy of a cabinet-sized radio that his father saved up to purchase for the family. Each morning and evening, the Gentrys would gather ‘round the radio to listen to country music, new...
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The Louisiana Hayride was a live country music jamboree that was broadcast weekly via Shreveport, Louisiana’s 50,000-watt powerhouse station KWKH beginning in 1948. The lifespan of the Hayride was brief (the original program ended in 1960) but consequential, with artists like Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, and Kitty Wells changing the look and sound of American pop music from the stage of Shreveport Munic...
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On June 29, the world lost someone very special. The film industry brought Jim Hayes to Shreveport, but his love of our little town is what kept him here—along with his wife, Christine, and son, Walker. Jim was many things, but first and foremost, he was an artist. Whether building props for movies ranging from Austin Powers to Mulholland Drive, painting his signature flames down the side of a hot rod, or creating interesting envir...
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The second installment in an ongoing series, this episode of Exit Interviews features Ashley Johnson and Ari Butler, both of whom have recently relocated from Shreveport, Louisiana to Connecticut. The Exit Interviews series features candid conversations with former Shreveport-Bossier residents about how living here shaped their lives and what lead to their decision to relocate. Ashley and Ari's conversation with host Sara Heber...
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You can tell a lot about someone from the way they treat the animals in their lives. When storyteller Cristal Willcox's beloved cat Kashmir passed away, her friends gathered for the kind of midnight funeral that could only take place in Louisiana. In another time and place, storyteller Randall Ross embarks on a lovelorn holiday acid trip during which a talking feline encourages him to commit cat burglary. It's a weird episo...
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Like the t-shirt says: Y’all Means All. Since our first live event, All Y’all has prioritized the inclusion of LGBTQ voices. This past June, Sara from All Y’all took part in StoryCorps’ Stonewall OutLoud project, helping gather stories from LGBTQ elders in Shreveport including Randy Moulder, Deborah Allen and David Radford. For this special episode of All Y’all, we’ve assembled a few of our favorite moments from their stories, in ...
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This is a rebroadcast of an episode from the All Y'all archives: Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope.” We'll be back next week with all new stories and episodes. Thanks for letting us take a break after our wildly successful and fun evening of stories!
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Stop me if you've heard this one before: A young, gay man comes of age in the Deep South, where he is the son of a pastor. If you're expecting this story to end in tears, you may be right - but they may be tears of joy. Michael Chisum's ode to the love of two fathers was a message that we very much needed to hear in this time of bigotry paraded as faith. "God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in...
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So, let's say it's your day off. You get some friends together, make some plans, and head out for a day filled with anything - anything - but work. You know what comes next, right? Your services are required. Duty calls. Do you answer? When retired DEA agent Pam Brown took the stage at All Y'all Live: I Just Work Here in April 2017, she reflected on an unusual ethical conflict at the office ("the office," in thi...
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If you were asked to conjure up the most American meal possible, you might dream up a Thanksgiving Dinner shared with silver screen cowboy John Wayne. Storyteller Bonne Summers actually shared a Thanksgiving with Wayne, during an idyllic American holiday that she recounted live onstage at our June 2015 live event, "Brush With Fame." Live Events and New Stuffed & Busted All Y’all Live: Wildcard 2 will be held at 7:30 p.m...
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Doesn’t it seem like the harder you try to impress others, the less likely it is that things will go as planned? Anwar Fikri’s story of awkwardness, allergies and Airmen elicited many sympathetic groans - and lots of laughs - during our August 2017 live event, “The Skin I’m In.” He joined us during while serving at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. Live Events and New Stuffed & Busted All Y’all Live: Wildcard 2 will be ...
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Who doesn't love a good ghost story? During our November 2016 live event, "Haunted", we heard stories about personal demons, phantasmagoric chicken wings, and haunted houses. Artist Kathryn Usher ended the night with a heartfelt ode to lost love that would make Edgar Allan Poe proud.     Experience more of Kathryn's compelling storytelling in her TEDxRedRiver talk, "Folk Art in the Front Yard." https://www.y...
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Through her work as a diversity consultant, Roxann Johnson helps people have difficult conversations. Through her activism and leadership, she has become a recognized leader of Shreveport’s efforts toward racial reconciliation. Every community could use more voices like hers: strong, empathetic, humane, and wise. When she took the All Y’all stage, Roxann shared a disarmingly personal triptych of lessons from the life of an African ...
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Sometimes, we get the impression that folks are embarrassed to say “we met online” when they’re unspooling the backstory of their love affair. As if “online” means anything at all, really, in the age of Fitbit and Alexa. The average person has no reason to be embarrassed about having met their boo through an app or dating site. That’s just how we meet one another these days. But Charnae McDonald’s story, a modern love story filled ...
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As far as nicknames go, “Catfish” is as good a nickname as any for a young, Southern fellow with charm to spare. Anthony “Catfish” Woodward was the first storyteller to take the stage at Red River Brewing Company during our fifth annual Fidnto Award fundraiser event in 2018. Like the late, great Anthony Bourdain, ‘Fish was once a line cook on the most fearsome of all kitchen shifts: the Mother’s Day brunch.     Second Helpings of ...
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Some folks are just born storytellers. Boz Baucum, the gregarious and bawdy chef/owner of Marilynn’s Place in Shreveport, is one of those folks. When Boz volunteered to tell a story at All Y’all’s June 2016 live event, we had no idea what an unbelievable tale of small-town malfeasance and chicken-fried chicanery we were in for. Mark Your Calendars All Y’all will host its sixth annual fundraiser event at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept...
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