All Y'all

A podcast and live storytelling event series independently produced in Shreveport, La.

About the show

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.

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  • Episode 76: "Skeletons In Our Blood": AJ Haynes Reimagines The Louisiana Hayride

    September 14th, 2020  |  20 mins 14 secs
  • Episode 75: Along for the ‘Ride: Alton Warwick Remembers His Wife, Maggie

    September 7th, 2020  |  27 mins 2 secs

    In the fifth episode of our six-part series on The Louisiana Hayride, businessman Alton Warwick reflects on three decades spent promoting the Hayride with his late wife and business partner, Maggie.

  • Episode 74: "Perspiration and Inspiration": Kix Brooks on Shreveport, Shrimp Busters and Songwriting

    August 31st, 2020  |  27 mins 47 secs

    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.

  • Episode 73: "Lost Chapters of Hayride History": Joey Kent on Documenting The Louisiana Hayride

    August 24th, 2020  |  30 mins 11 secs

    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.

  • Episode 71: “A Kind of Crossroads”: Dr. Tracey Laird on The Louisiana Hayride

    August 10th, 2020  |  24 mins 44 secs

    For our six-episode series exploring the lasting impact of The Louisiana Hayride, All Y’all partnered with Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Over the course of the series, you’ll hear from a wide range of interview subjects, including musicians Kix Brooks and AJ Haynes, historians Joey Kent and Rob Gentry, entrepreneur Alton Warwick, and this episode’s guest: Shreveport native, music professor and author Dr. Tracey Laird.

  • Episode 70: Jim Hayes, "I Destroyed Johnny Depp And Winona Ryder’s Relationship

    July 27th, 2020  |  13 mins 43 secs

    After the recording of Jim and Christine’s Exit Interview, Jim stuck around afterward to share the story of how a car gig for Johnny Depp secretly went totally wrong. We’re glad to finally have it out in the world today.

  • Episode 69: Exit Interviews: Ashley Johnson and Ari Butler

    September 3rd, 2019  |  26 mins 12 secs
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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.

  • Episode 68: Haunted: Cristal Willcox, "Cat People"

    August 12th, 2019  |  28 mins

    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.

  • Episode 67: StoryCorps Sampler: Stonewall Outloud

    August 5th, 2019  |  18 mins 42 secs

    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.

  • Episode 65: Momma and Daddy: Michael Chisum, "Heavenly Father"

    July 21st, 2019  |  29 mins 59 secs

    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 him."
    -1 John 4:16 

  • Episode 64: I Just Work Here: Pam Brown, "Day Off"

    July 15th, 2019  |  25 mins 53 secs

    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 this case, being a beachfront bar in Cocaine Cowboys-era Miami). It's a story about grey areas, moral ambiguities, and "doing the right thing for the wrong reason."

  • Episode 62: The Skin I'm In: Anwar Fikri, "The F-N-G"

    June 30th, 2019  |  18 mins 24 secs

    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.”

  • Episode 61: Haunted: Kathryn Usher, "Flies"

    June 24th, 2019  |  28 mins 29 secs
    2016, ghost story, ghostboy, haunted, louisiana, shreveport

    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.