I was sitting across from one of these money men…you know, a business manager. He said, ‘Jack we should do two shows in New Orleans.’ Then the money man asked, ‘When was the last time you played Dallas, Jack?’ Finally, the money man said to me, ‘Jack, it would be easier just to do Memphis.’
Jack White then said he grabbed a magic marker and wrote something on a piece of paper, turned the paper around and slid it across the table to his lawyers.
He then asked the crowd, “What do you think was written on that paper?”
“Shreveport!”, the crowd responded.
Why is Jack White willing to fight to come to Shreveport, but many of our artists and musicians are fighting to get out?
What does he see in our city that many of her inhabitants fail to see?
He sees our history, our heritage and he sees it as a good thing, not as trivial facts meant to make a town sound cooler than it is. He sees our depth and in our depth he sees our future. Jack White talked about tipping your hat to those who come before, those who make your job easier.
Jack did just that.
He ended the night with “Good Night Irene” by the Blues musician, Huddie Ledbetter, who was originally from Shreveport. He also talked about Hank and Elvis.
Maybe we should talk more about Hank and Elvis.
Maybe we should take the time to consider our history and our heritage. Maybe, just maybe if we spent less time dreaming up ways to be more like New Orleans or Dallas and more time remembering our native legacy, we would develop a greater appreciation for Shreveport-Bossier and more hope in her future.