Cyril Vetter | Author

Cyril Vetter

Over the past five decades, Cyril Vetter's career has spanned a variety of industries, including music, broadcasting and publishing.

He owned TV and radio stations, a television production firm, newspapers as well as music recording and publishing companies. Vetter's music career began in the mid-1960s, when he co-wrote the frat-rock classic "Double Shot (of my Baby's Love)," and he is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

In addition to "Dirtdobber Blues," LSU Press has published two of Vetter’s previous books: "Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics People and Places," a biography of Winans, the legendary Louisiana photographer, along with historical sketches of his subjects; and "The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town," another Vetter collaboration with Gould to record Town's major contributions to the vernacular of original Louisiana architecture.

In 2003, Vetter and his daughter, Baton Rouge attorney Gabrielle Vetter, wrote and produced "Deacon John's Jump Blues," a critically acclaimed and award-winning music CD, concert video and documentary film.

A U.S. Army veteran, Vetter served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He earned political science and law degrees from Louisiana State University.

Philip Gould | Photographer

Philip Gould is a documentary and architectural photographer who has made Louisiana his home and favorite subject since 1974. Based in Lafayette, the hub of Cajun Country, he has photographed throughout the South and the nation. His work has been published in more than a dozen books and in numerous periodicals around the world. His collection is one of the largest privately held photographic archives of Louisiana life.