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Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws: Southern rockers’ and honky tonkers’ headed to Sturgis

Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws

  • Joel Rodgers

In DeSoto Parish, the sound of southern rock, honky tonk, and outlaw country echos throughout the woods. With country music flowing through their veins, Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws are gearing up to play the Sturgis Bike Rally.

Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws consist of five members: Cody Cooke, Vocals, Acoustic guitar — Billy Melancon, Bass, vox — Jackie Brock, Drums — Robert Self, Lead Guitar — Brian Basco, Utility.

Over the past few years this band from Mansfield, Stonewall, and Keithville Louisiana have shared a stage with names such as; David Allan Coe, Shooter Jennings, Brantley Gilbert, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Travis Trent and several other country music stars and legends. 

In 2017, they received a phone call from a famous venue about 1,000 miles away from the woods of Desoto Parish.

“We were contacted by a promoter asking if we wanted to play to the Iron Horse in Sturgis,” says drummer Jackie Brock.

“It’s a Bucket list thing. When you think of motorcycle rallies you think of Sturgis. It’s the first one that pops in mind.” adds Cody Cooke. 

The 2018 Sturgis Bike Rally will feature 500,000 bikes from across the country, and lots of great music. Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws being one of them.

“It’s like Mardi Gras times 10,” says Cody Cooke.

Other famous artists making their way to the Sturgis bike rally this year are Lynard Skynard, Kid Rock, Eric Church, Aaron Lewis, and Nelly.  Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws are looking forward to returning to Sturgis. I mean, can you imagine Mardi Gras times 10? Sounds like the best party ever.

The band has been working on their 4th album, and looks forward to playing for their local fans on September 1st on the Shreveport river front. You can catch Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws on September 1st at the Shreveport Riverfront park as the Powerboat Nationals return to Shreveport. They’ll be rocking the banks of the Red River, and it’ll be an all ages – free to the public show. Other bands will be there, as will some pretty sicks boats. We’ll have more on Powerboat Nationals as it gets closer.

“Y’all come out if you haven’t seen one of our shows. We like to bring a lot of energy and have a lot of fun,” says Cooke.

They’re southern rockers and honky tonkers’ – They’re Cody Cooke and The Bayou Outlaws. 

A local outlaw country/southern rock band, you need to tell a friend about.




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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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