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Walker Percy - This acclaimed novelist fell in love with the Northshore in 1950, when he moved to Covington. Percy lived here for four decades and is buried in the cemetery at his beloved St. Joseph's Abbey nearby. He is the subject each year of the Walker Percy Symposium hosted by the St. Tammany Parish Library, which holds a collection of Percy items. Percy wrote six novels while living in Covington, including "The Moviegoer," for which he won the National Book Award, "Love in the Ruins" and "The Second Coming."
Amanda Shaw - The Covington fiddler is still a teenager but she's a music business veteran with years of performing behind her. You may have seen her in the film —Hurricane on the Bayou," caught her in concert or in a couple of made-for-TV Disney movies. Shaw recently signed with Rounder Records, which released her "Pretty Runs Out" CD, an upbeat convergence of pop and Louisiana roots music. A singer/songwriter as well as "fiddling wizard" (per RollingStone.com), Amanda collaborated on the album with New Orleans' own Anders Osborne and Troy "Trombone" Shorty, another rising star.
12 Stones - This post-grunge rock band hails from Mandeville. Latest CD: "Anthem for the Underdog." Song featured in the film "Don't Look Back." Lead vocalist Paul McCoy won a Grammy for his work on the Evanescence single "Bring Me to Life."
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - The noted bluesman made his home in Slidell in his
Ronnie Kole - An accomplished pianist, Kole has made Slidell his home for a long while now. He's played for presidents (and a pope), recorded almost 30 CDs and albums, and performed concerts at Carnegie Hall as well as in more than 500 cities around the world. A familiar face in New Orleans and on the Northshore, Kole has been lauded by Harry Connick Jr. "When you look up piano in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Ronnie Kole," he has said. "He's one of the great players of our time."
Louis Prima - The New Orleans-born entertainer, singer/songwriter and trumpeter was known as the King of the Swingers when he opened the Pretty Acres Golf Course in Covington. The golf course is gone, a WalMart and Home Depot in its place, but Louie Prima Drive is still there. Prima is remembered for such songs as "Just a Gigolo," "Jump, Jive an' Wail," and "That Old Black Magic," for which he and Keely Smith won a Grammy in 1958.
Kilt of Many Colours - It's a wee way from Scotland but Abita Springs is home to this colorful band of marching bagpipers. Catch them in area parades, at events or - if you're lucky - practicing at the Mandeville lakefront.
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