I enjoy Jamey Johnson. But yeah, most modern country sounds like pop. I listened to the Steven Tyler song the other day. I must admit I thought it sucked. I was a big fan of Aerosmith, but maybe it's time for him to put down the mic and hang up his scarfs.
Palace Cafe on Canal St. I also enjoy Frenchmen Street. It is kinda like a local's Bourbon Street. Magazine Street has some great boutiques, bars and food. Couple of my favorite pizza joints are here. City park is also beautiful and they have a cool Arts Museum and Sculpture Garden. Autobahn park has the zoo, aquarium at the end of Canal, and numerous cemeteries. Don't act like a douche, have fun, and be safe.