|The initial web pages in the collection of
Contemporary Louisiana Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Musicians were posted by
David Simpson starting in mid-1999 when Simpson was LSU at Eunice
director of public relations. The pages were initiated as a public
service expanding on the Central Acadiana Gateway tourism-related pages posted by Simpson on LSUE's
web site several years earlier. Over the years, additional music web
pages were added, updates were incorporated, and many more photographs
were uploaded. The first photographs were taken with consumer-level
digital cameras. Later photographs were taken with digital SLR
cameras. Information about bands and musicians was drawn primarily from
CD liner notes and print publications. In 2006, when Simpson
returned to full-time teaching responsibilities as an associate
professor of English (he taught on a half-time basis while PR director),
he continued to post periodic updates to the music pages and also
continued to add photographs of rural Mardi Gras activities to LSUE's
site. He retired from LSUE in May 2009.
The web pages will remain on LSUE's site indefinitely as an archive but there will be no further updates or additions.
Starting in summer 2008, Simpson began uploading photographs of musicians and bands to a Flickr account that gives everyone access to high resolution versions of photographs. The Flickr pages include photographs from the LSUE pages and new photographs that Simpson will be taking in the future. The web address indexing the photographs is http://www.cajunzydecophotos.com.
Simpson may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.