Welcome to "Cajun Corner".
The main reason for my first visit to Louisiana was purely musical. I wanted to experience the atmosphere of those Cajun-songs in their original environment. During my visit also the interest in the whole Cajun-culture grew. Although their ancestors had a hard time, the Cajuns are a proud and optimistic folk. This site is made to promote that great music from Southwest Louisiana's "Cajun Country". On the Cajun Corner, you'll find information about Cajun, Zydeco & Swamp Pop music from in and outside Louisiana.
Laissez les bons temps rouler !
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ONE GREAT RAMBLER MOVES ON, AND ANOTHER MOVES IN: HOMMAGE À OSCAR
Lost Bayou Rambler's drummer of 10 years, Chris "Oscar" Courville, has retired his brushes in pusuit of another dream, bringing joy to people through medicine. Oscar is now way up north in Baltimore continuing his engineering education; so on behalf of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, all our fans, and anyone who has ever worked with him, we'd like to extend the largest MERCI possible for all his hard work and dedicated rambling, and wish he and Rose the best in their travails. You will be missed by all, and no one will ever "stand up" to the drum set the way you did. Avec les plus gros sentiments d'amour, merci d'avoir etait un neg roulailleur du bayou Perdu. Louie et LBR.
We would like you all to now welcome our new drummer and full time rambler, Chris DeShazo. After trial by rambling, through the best and worst of gigs, no sleep, and never ending travel, DeShazo kept chockin' and never was afraid. He is, a true rambler, and not to mention, co-founder of Lafayette's infamous Garage Punk Soul band, Frigg-A-Go-Go, and in his spare time enjoys fishing, trapping Cowan turtle, and playing guitar at the skate park.
Good bye Chris Courville, welcome Chris DeShazo, and thank you both for keeping the chock alive!
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Added : 10 23, 2009
Acadian music icon Herb Leblanc dies
Herb Leblanc, a pioneer of Acadian music, has died at his home in Lake Doucette, on the French shore of Nova Scotia, at age 81.
Herb Leblanc, a pioneer of Acadian music, died Sunday at his home in Lake Doucette, on the French shore of Nova Scotia.
Leblanc, the front man for the now-disbanded Acadian folk band Tymeux de la Baie, was 81.
Leblanc started his career singing English country in dance halls, but was later inspired by the success of Festival acadien de Clare and began writing music in French.
He kicked off the French-Acadian folk renaissance in the late 1970s, according to his nephew, Len Leblanc.
"It was a huge impact," he said. "When you give a rebirth to a culture that had been subdued so much in their poetry and their song writing and their creativity. It was like a lighthouse, a beacon across our culture.
"It was the inspiration which was great because then it spawned on these brand new groups that started off after, like the Grand Derangement and the blues and myself and the Baie en Joie. It was a very important key to our culture."
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Added : 10 14, 2009
The big Bayou Bandits : Cajunbilly
Guest Review By Freddy from Rootsville
style : Cajun
It takes some time to deliver a new born on this world, and for the Big Bayou Bandits it took them more then 9 months, but finally the wait is over! The Acadians from Bruges, delivered their first born and named it Cajunbilly, a record that was recently released in the Gilde, The House of Billybop! If for some reason you haven’t seen Yves, Guy, Werner & Jean Luc performing their rockabilly influenced Cajun then there is absolutely no reason to hold back on them, cause with this album you’ll have the Big Bayou bandits on your doorstep 24 hours a day!
The leading track on the album comes with a typical Patois accent but it is all about their hometown Bruges, the international rewarded beauty, nicknamed the Venice of the North. In Two-Step de Bruges, the Yves sings about the city as if it was another Louisiana swamp town, but accidentally mixes the canals with the swamps, Whish full thinking I should say or maybe his complex family situations explained here is the origin of his confusion! However the mood is set and the furniture is moved for a first two step! What follows for the next 40 minutes is a collection of 15 swinging tracks, straight from the swamps, with an air that instantly creates a Creole Party in your street. 73 Special is taking on the same attitude and off you go for another round of two stepping with Big Bertha or Buxom Shelly! With Guy Winneon Dobro, Yves Messany on squeezebox ,acting like Steve Riley, Werner De Cock on Double Bass and Jean Luck Messany hitting the skins you can’t be wrong. The band members are seasoned players and share a past in previous bands and that is something you can hear! There is a certain chemistry in the band that can’t be explained but once you hear the boys you’ll agree with me! This is a band to be proud of. For Grand Bosco, Guy put aside his national steel and buckle up a banjo for another enjoyable tune! Next in line comes Big Bayou breakdown a jitterbug with a typical Texas sound.
Laisez les bons temps rouler!!! And that certainly true for tracks like Convict Two-Step and Madame Sosthene, a truly original Cajun Waltz. The Waltz is next to styles like The Two-Step, The Jitterbug and Cajun Freeze the most popular dance in the history of the Cajuns and thus a real waltz could not be absent. With Promised Land the bandits show us their origins! Rockabilly music mixed with a Cajun sound, this is exactly what Cajunbilly means! One Step A Chaumont might be more traditional, but the song is still a rocking tune and if you ever thought of taking on a grande promenade, this might be good time. Straight from the vaults of Marie Chapin Charpenter and her “Down at the Twist and Shout’” comes Cajun Saterday Night immediately followed by J’etais Au bal! The latter might be true although with an album like this one you can organise your own party at home! Paddle On The Bayou comes with a lot of twang and leans to pure country, while Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio comes with a straight Tejano sound.
The Bandits took me on a musical journey that started in Bruges, went to the Louisiana Bayous and took me all the way to the Alamo in San Antonio where I stroll on the river walk. Sadly I start to realise that this was only a dream and I’m still at home behind my computer, listening to the enjoyable sounds of Cajunbilly. For those of you who dig deep, you’ll find a hidden track on the album, but I won’t spoil anything about it. If you want to hear it, buy the album. Organise your own Fais-do-do, bring some spinach-cheese dip, a six pack of Dos XX and of course this great album full of dancehall hits and two-step favourites! No line dancing allowed, but treat your leady nice! Check the band out at www.bigbayoubandits.com and order your copy now!
-- Freddy --
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Added : 2 2, 2009
New !!! Cajunbilly now available ...
"CAJUNBILLY", the brand new full-CD from Big Bayou Bandits is now available. More than 50 minutes op hot-stompin' cajun, rockabilly and tex-mex songs in the typical "Big Bayou Bandits" style.
For the modest contribution of 10 euro (excl. shipping) this disc can be yours.
ORDER NOW !!!
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Added : 1 30, 2009
Hackberry Rambler Luderin Darbone has passed away
Luderin is on the right (with other passed Hackberry Rambler Edwin Duhon and Yvieboy)
Hackberry Ramblers’ co-founder dead at 95
Luderin Darbone, the fiddle-playing co-founder of the Hackberry Ramblers, Cajun music’s longest-running band, died Friday at Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur. He was 95.
Formed in 1933, the Hackberry Ramblers appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as recently as last year. The band featured another original member, accordion player Edwin Duhon, till his death in 2006 at 96.
“He was a virtuoso, the Stephane Grappelli of Cajun-swing music,” Hackberry Ramblers’ manager and drummer Ben Sandmel said of Darbone. “At his peak, he was very dexterous, with a light touch and precise phrasing, tasteful but also passionate.”
The Hackberry Ramblers never got rich playing their mix of Cajun, swing, pop and rockabilly, but recent decades brought them belated recognition.
The Ramblers attended the Grammy Awards in New York City in 1998, the year their CD, “Deep Water,” received a nomination for best traditional folk album. The band also made an “MTV Live” appearance during their New York visit.
“It almost floored me when I heard it,” Darbone said of the Grammy nomination. “I got over it, of course, but after 65 years, something like that comes up, it’s a big surprise.”
The Hackberry Ramblers made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 1999. While in Nashville, Darbone presented the Country Music Hall of Fame with the fiddle he played for the band’s 1936 RCA/Bluebird recording of “Jolie Blon” and Duhon donated the guitar he played in 1933.
The Hackberry Ramblers’ other achievements include being the first band in south Louisiana to use an electronic sound system, which allowed instruments other than the accordion to play solos.
The band made only sporadic recordings after the 1930s, including a 1963 record for Chris Strachwitz’s fledgling Arhoolie label.
Darbone attributed the Ramblers’ longevity to its versatility. Besides Cajun music, the group performed hillbilly and popular music in the 1930s, western swing in the ’40s and rockabilly in the ’50s.
“We had a little advantage over some of the other groups,” Darbone said. “There wasn’t too many other groups, but those that played, they only played by ear, and most of them played strictly Cajun music.”
The band made its first nonregional appearance at a music festival in Berkeley, Calif., in 1965. It didn’t tour nationally until the 1990s. Its appearances included the 1996 Super Bowl in Phoenix, the President’s Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia in 1997 and the American Music Festival in Washington, D.C., in 1998.
Darbone is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Annette Darbone; his granddaughter Paige Neal, her husband Bob, their daughter, Julia, and son, Taylor; his grandsons, Heath and Dustin; and band members Glen Croker and Ben Sandmel.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home, 2051 E. Napoleon, Sulphur.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 1109 Cypress St., Sulphur.
(By JOHN WIRT)
Added : 11 24, 2008
Louisiana Night 2008
This saturday in Opwijk with Big Bayou Bandits, Des Fais Do-Do and King Cake.
See ya there!
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Added : 9 19, 2008
A new Lost Bayou Ramblers CD!!!
09/03/08 - VERMILIONAIRE CD RELEASE PARTIES
The Lost Bayou Ramblers are proud to announce their latest full-length release, Vermilionaire (Bayou Perdu Records), with a CD release party on September 5th at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, LA and additional release events in Baton Rouge (Chelseas Cafe 9/6) Austin, TX (Continental Club 9/12-13) and more. So if you are in the area, finish cleaning that Gustav debris and come on out.
You can hear some of the songs already on their myspace profile (and soon also on their own website)!
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Added : 9 10, 2008
Fernest Arceneaux died Sept. 4, 2008, at the age of 68
August 27, 1940-September 4, 2008
Fernest Arceneaux, lead accordionist for Fernest and the Thunders, passed away on September 4, 2008 at the age of 68 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Known in the Zydeco Nation as "The New Prince of Accordion", Fernest Arceneaux was known for his intense and creative accordion rifts. Fernest Arceneaux was torch-bearer for the classic zydeco traditions personified by the King of modern Zydeco Music, Clifton Chenier and promoted Creole and Zydeco music and heritage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Fernest Arceneaux, was born on August 27, 1940 to a large sharecropping family based in Lafayette, Louisiana. He learned to play an accordion owned by his brother-in-law by under the watchful eye of his father, a local Creole musician. Fernest polished his craft by backing up his father's band at local house parties.
See the link below to read the sad news about this very talented Zydeco accordionist...
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Added : 9 9, 2008
Bruce Daigrepont's parents die after evacuation for hurricane Gustav
Here is the story published by the Vicksburg Post. Albert and Jennie Rita were regulars at their son's Fais Do Do every Sunday afternoon at Tipitinas. They were a warm and likeable couple and I fondly remember my conversations in French with Albert who was a wonderful raconteur.
2 evacuees die in wreck near Warren
By Steve Sanoski
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 12:01 PM CDT
Hurricane Gustav claimed two victims in the Warren County area Sunday
afternoon — well before the storm made landfall in Louisiana — when
an elderly Metairie couple's car rolled off U.S. 61 North just south
of Onward in Sharkey County.
Albert Daigrepont Jr., 86, and his wife, Jennie Rita, 77, both died
of head and chest trauma from their injuries, said Warren County
Coroner Doug Huskey.
Mrs. Daigrepont was pronounced dead at the scene by Sharkey County
Coroner Angela Eason about 3 p.m.
Mr. Daigrepont survived the impact, but was taken to River Region
Medical Center and pronounced dead by Huskey at 6:30 p.m.
"The vehicle had apparently run off the road, and when (Mr.
Daigrepont) tried to pull the car back onto the road it started to
roll," said Eason, who added both were ejected from the vehicle and
did not appear to be wearing seat belts.
The wreck occurred on U.S. 61 North near the intersection of Low
Water Bridge Road, said Eason.
The Daigreponts were less than 10 miles away from their destination
in Cary, said Robert Martin, a Rolling Fork resident whose sister is
married to the Daigrepont's son, Bruce. Martin said the Daigreponts
left Metairie around 9 a.m. Sunday along with their son and daughter,
who were making the trip with their families in other vehicles.
The Daigreponts, 725 Hesper Ave., had been residents of Metairie for
more than 50 years, Martin said. He remembered the couple as caring,
loving grandparents who enjoyed spending their retired years in the
company of family and friends.
"Bruce and my sister, Sue, have three little girls that they spent
most all of their time with," Martin said, noting his sister's family
lived near the Daigreponts in Metairie. "They were really friendly
people. It's a tragedy, they had been traveling all day and were only
about five minutes from where they were headed."
Huskey said Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg was holding the bodies
until they can be taken to Metairie for services.
Picture taken by Yvieboy in New Orleans at Tipitina's
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Added : 9 9, 2008
Joe Bonsall & the Orange Playboys – The Essential Collection
style : Cajun
To my great pleasure Flat Town Music Company had the wonderful idea to put a selection of 27 songs from Joe Bonsall & the Orange Playboys on a CD together. It’s a great collection of recordings from the sixties and the seventies. After The Balfa Brothers, D.L. Menard, Nathan Abshire, Belton Richard and Adam Hebert, it’s the 6th volume of their Swallow Cajun Pioneer series.
Joe Bonsall was born near Lake Arthur, Louisiana in 1921 (and sadly left us 12 years ago, at the age of 75). He’s not the same Joe Bonsall from country music band the Oak Ridge Boys, but is a real Cajun legend who already played with Lawrence Walker and Joe Falcon at the age of 14. After his family moved to Orange County, Texas, Joe formed the Orange Playboys and started playing accordion with this band in 1951 (after he spent his time as a decorated marine in World War II). This resulted in a band with also Wilson LeJeune (steel guitar), Floyd LeBlanc (fiddle), Bobby Caswell (rhythm guitar) and Clifton Newman (drums), who all came from South Louisiana as well. Next to the wonderful vocals of Joe Bonsall, Clifton Newman and Bobby Caswell, on this disc you can also hear some vocals by Robert Bertrand (who put his very beautiful voice on “Hack A Moreau”) and Ivy Dugas (on “Road Of Life”, a real beautiful song that sounds close to “Wild Side Of Life” and on the very succesful and beautiful Cajun version of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”). Clifton Newman’s typical Cajun vocals (from the heart) can be heard on 3 beautiful waltzes (Alléman Waltz, Tolan Waltz and Dodge City Waltz). Bobby Caswell also took 3 songs through his mike and especially did a wonderful job on the lively “I Went To The Dance Last Night” (J’ai Eté Au Bal). Next to the instrumental waltz (which is quite rare, because most instrumentals in Cajun music are two-steps or other up-tempo dances) “Ton Tit Bec Est Doux”, all the other songs were sung by the great Joe Bonsall. To name just a few of his many highlights, I’d like to mention the two-steps: “Petite Ou La Grosse” (extremely beautiful rhythmic song), “Donnez-Moi Les” (a variation on “Petite Ou La Grosse”), “Step It Fast” (also known as “T’en As Eu, T’en Aura Plus”), “Bayou Pon Pon”, the waltzes: “Circle Club Waltz” (with very expressive vocals), “Grand Prairie Waltz”, “Chère Tout Toute”, “Millionaire Waltz” (try to sing along if you can…), “Still Waiting For You” (previous unreleased song from 1970), and the Swamp Pop ballads: “Same Old Places” and “Your Picture” (both sung in English).
This is a wonderful CD and really a must have (like also the other CD’s from “the essential collection”) for everyone who likes good Cajun music and also people listening to Rockabilly, Hillbilly, Country really should pass their border and visit the wonderful Cajun world with this CD. Damn, how I love that great Cajun music with Cajun accordion, fiddle(s) and steel guitar (and of course all that feeling in the vocals)!!!
Many thanks again, Flat Town Music!!! Up to … the essential collection of Lawrence Walker or the Sundown Playboys…? But I wouldn’t blame anyone to come out with another disc with some of the many more great songs of Joe Bonsall…
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Added : 4 13, 2008
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