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.
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Cajun Corner

style : Cajun

This is a wonderful debut CD by a young, exciting Cajun band. This band was formed by Jean-Jacques Aucoin and his brother Louie Aucoin, grandsons of legendary accordionist Cyprien Landreneau (Adam and Cyp). This CD includes some of the old Cyprien Landreneau-songs : "La Robe de Rosalie" (what a brilliant starter!), "La Talle des Ronces” and "La Valse de Prairie Ronde". These songs are all played with a perfect combination of authenticity and enthusiasm from nowadays. With “La Jogue Au Plombeau”, “La Coulée Rodaire” and “Joe Pitre”, they also included 3 nice songs from the black fiddler, Canray Fontenot. T-Salé’s arrangement on the traditional Cajun song “Joe Féraille”, that has been played by Edier Segura in 1934, is just wonderful. Dewey Balfa’s “Watermelon Reel” has got everything you wanna hear in a Cajun-instrumental.
Take “Iota Two-Step”, a wonderful Cajun two-step from the legendary Nathan Abshire and put that song on this cd here, played by this wonderful, energetic band… Guess what…?
“La Valse de Coeur Cassé” from Belton Richard, “La Valse de Chataignier” from Austin Pitre and Iry LeJeune’s “La Valse de Grand Chemin” are 3 other beauties, again with great vocals, from which the last one is sung as a duet by the 2 brothers.
“Ton Meilleur Malheur” and “Si Tu Veux Ma Fille” are 2 strong T-Salé-originals with nice lyrics. The first one is a pretty fiddle-song about someone who thinks he’s the inventor of “girls in love”, while the second one is a joyful two-step, based on a funny family story that Jean-Jacques’ father Winky told him.
To me this one is on top of my list of favourite cd’s for 2004! I'm very much lookin' forward to hear (and hopefully see) more of that surprising band.

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Added : 12 29, 2004
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year for all visitors of Billybop & Cajun Corner, all fans of the Billygoat Riders & organizers who let us (or will let us) do on stage what we love to do so much! Thanks a lot! May all your dreams come true in 2005!

Added : 12 24, 2004
Allons à la Veille Chez Robert – Robert LeBlanc

style : Cajun

Here’s another great cd on Swallow Records with good ol’ traditional Cajun music. This one is made by the famous Cajun musicians Mitch Reed (fiddle), Lisa Trahan Reed (guitar), Al Berard (fiddle) and Robert LeBlanc (accordion, vocal, fiddle).
Robert LeBlanc, who maybe was a little less known than the others (before making this cd), was the accordionist in Cush Cush, a seminal band that evolved into Ward Lormand's Filé in the early '80s. (Filé was also joined by Al Berard, on guitar, later.)
Nearly 60 minutes of great Old-Time Cajun music on this 20-track cd. But don’t be afraid of the word “Old-Time”… The sound is really perfect and everything is played and sung “nowadays” but with the good old traditional spirit. Also, there’s a real good choice of songs, that made this cd very interesting. Robert didn’t choose for the biggest Cajun classics, but came out with other great songs from the old-style repertoire. A must for all you Cajun-lovers!

Added : 12 19, 2004
LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales

style : Zydeco

LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales were formed in 1994. Since then, they already shared the stage with headliners, such as Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Geno Delafose and Chubby Carier.
“An upbeat, spicy blend of Zydeco, Cajun, Caribbean, Blues, Tex-Mex and Mardi Gras Funk”, that’s how LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales are described on their card. Indeed, all these styles can be heard clearly on their new CD “Zy-Fi – Revenge Of The Roots”. These New York musicians put a wide variety of influences in their songs but always add the Louisiana spice to it. They’re not afraid of some experimenting with their music. Ron Davis, aka LeeRon Zydeco, has been playing accordion since he was a kid. Mostly he play on piano accordion and sometimes also on a single row button box. This man does a big effort to promote the music he loves and plays from the heart. He’s writing a book for kids on American roots music and does programs in schools promoting Zydeco and other styles. Makes me feel like I wanna go back to school again.

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Added : 11 25, 2004
Dvd-Doug Kershaw: The Ragin’ Cajun

This DVD includes 10 complete songs by Doug Kershaw live from the Cajun Café on the Bayou in Tampa Bay, Florida. His band includes his son Tyler Kershaw on drums, John JZ Zugeler on guitar, Lou Cina on piano, Jim Fields on percussion and David Foret on bass. Holding his fiddle in every position, except where your violin teacher wants you to hold it, this great fiddlin’ showman starts with “Diggy Diggy Lo”, “Mama’s Got the Know-How”, “Louisiana Saturday Night” and “Cajun Baby”. Then he picks up his guitar to play & sing “Colinda” and “Jambalaya”. He plays his one-row button Cajun accordion on “Cajun Stripper” (you know, with the melody of “Bosco Stomp”) and (Rockin’) Sidney Simien's “Don’t Mess With My Toot Toot”. He takes back the fiddle for a quite slow version of “Louisiana Man” and an up-tempo “Orange Blossom Special”.
This DVD does not really include a guide to pure Cajun music, but a real nice set of modern Cajun-rock & Cajun-country by a big fiddle legend.

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Added : 11 15, 2004
Schultze Gets The Blues - movie

This new German movie seems to be very interesting for all Cajun- and Zydeco-lovers. Although I didn't have the chance to see the movie yet, I'm already convinced, just by having a look at the tracklist, which include artists such as Joseph & Cleoma B. Falcon, the Carrière Brothers, Jackie Caillier & The Cajun Cousins, Zydeco Force, etc. I'm really lookin' forward to see that movie, but in the meantime I received a personal impression by mr. Luke Batarang from Eeklo, Belgium. Thanks a lot, Luke!

"SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES : the ultimate movie for cajun/zydeco lovers?

One of the most pleasant surprises of the recent Flanders International Film Festival Ghent was a German movie called SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES. This charming debut by Michael Schorr got its premiere at the 2003 Venice Film Festival where Schorr won a special price for directing. It tells the story of Schultze, a middle-aged accordionist whose lust for life is renewed after hearing a Zydeco riff on the radio. Despite the fact that using his accordion for anything other than polka would be considered a sacrilege by his family (Schultze's father was considered legendary in the polka circuit), a newly invigorated Schultze jumps at the chance to change his musical style and takes it a step further by learning how to cook jambalaya. There are great moments, like when Schultze introduces his new style at the local brass band ball and is booed off the stage because of his 'nigger music'. But Schultze doesn't really care and when he gets the opportunity to play at a music festival in Louisiana (some kind of exchange program), he makes the trip from Germany to America. It would be silly to tell you more of the plot because you really have to check this movie out for yourself. Cajun & zydeco music is omnipresent in a very entertaining way! You get to see local barns with cool bands (among others Sunpie and the Louisiana Hotspots) and great views of the Lousiana bayous. I remember when I paid a visit to Lousiana some 8 years ago, the zydeco & cajun scene was rather separated. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised this summer when I saw Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie mix zydeco tunes as well as cajun dances. In Schultze Gets The Blues, both genres are mixed in a natural way too. I could go on praising this wonderful movie which is a true delight from start to finish but you better stop reading now and go check it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed at all!
SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES plays at Cartoon's (Antwerp), Limelight (Kortrijk), Studio Skoop (Ghent), UGC Toison d'Or (Brussels) (www.cinebel.be)"

Luke Batarang

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Added : 11 14, 2004
John Leger & Débris Cajun Band

style : Cajun

Although his Cajun parents were from Louisiana, John Leger was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1975. A few years later the family moved back to Lacassine, Louisiana. After having great experiences with his accordion, (such as playing with Canray Fontenot, Bruce Daigrepont, etc.) John became a regular member of "Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns" from May 1999 until September 2001. John Leger has a very big admiration for Iry LeJeune and Amédée Ardoin (but I guess we all have!)… The Débris Cajun Band was formed in 2003 and now they released a cd on Swallow Records. This jewel has the name of "Do You Know How It Feels?" and contains 12 Cajun beauties.
Iry LeJeune is well honored on this cd with tracks as "Lacassine Special", "Grand Night Special" and "Big Highway Waltz". Another Two-Step classic here is "Bayou Pon Pon" and the 2 beautiful instrumentals here are "Perrodin Special" and "Débris Two-Step", which is also known as "Mamou Two-Step". You can do the waltz with "Madame Etienne", "T'es Petite Et T'es Mignonne", "tee Yeaux Blue" and "Abe's Waltz" (or "99 Year Waltz"). Also there are 2 original Cajun waltzes on the cd: "J'ai Perdu Mon Idée" and "Do You Know How It Feels?". The first one was written (and sung) by Débris Cajun Band's triangle player Frank Pickett while the second one, which is the cd title track, was written by John Leger and his late father Amos Leger Sr.
You'll find the lyrics of these tracks on the sleeve. I'm really looking forward to hear more of that band!

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Added : 11 12, 2004
Cleoma's Ghost - "Mon Coeur Est Avec Toi"

style : Cajun

Cleoma's Ghost is a duo with Roger Weiss (on fiddle and vocals) and Buffy Lewis (on guitar and vocals). They are from New York, but as you surely can hear, they have a lot of Louisiana experience. They play pure traditional Old-Time Cajun music.
Cleoma's Ghost just released a cd, called "Mon Coeur Est Avec Toi" on Swallow Records. And I can tell you it's a great one! You can check a few samples on their website (see link below). Eighteen pure Cajun tracks, played in the style of the good old days. Next to the Cajun traditionals, they play songs from the pioneers, such as Dennis McGee, Amédée Ardoin, Austin Pitre, Nathan Abshire, Aldus Roger, Wade Frugé, Adam Hebert, Lawrence Walker…
This brand new cd also contains 3 songs they wrote themselves: "Jamesie's Waltz", "Pris Mon Coeur" and "Mon Coeur Est Avec Toi". If you like good ol' Cajun (fiddle-) music, this cd is a must. So don't hesitate to contact them and to order the cd. Also if you are planning a wedding, be sure to check out their website!

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Added : 11 10, 2004

style : Cajun

Cahoots started out in 1997 as The Backwater Boys, which was a 3-piece band. Nowadays Cahoots count 6 pieces. This Australian Cajun band really surprised me a lot. They play traditional Cajun in a real nice folkloric way. The 1-row accordion used has a bit of a Tex-Mex sound and sounds wetter than those used by most Cajuns but it really also fits great with the fiddles and gives a very nice folkloric sound.
So far, Cahoots released 2 cd’s. The first one “Bayou Rhythms” came out in 2000. On this 13-track cd, it’s directly Bingo from the start, with their instrumental version of “Bosco Stomp”. It’s like the music comes directly out of the swamps. Following is a great version of Doug Kershaw’s “Louisiana Man”. The singer has a real nice nasal honky-tonk/hillbilly voice, which really fits this song. The same surely also counts for “Diggy Liggy Lo” and “Jambalaya”. There are 2 great versions of the instrumental traditional Cajun waltz “Lovebridge Waltz”. Brilliant fiddles again on “Contradance”, “Jolie Blon” and “Le Dance de Mardi Gras”. The cd ends with a real nice “Dixie Medley” that includes “Dixie” and “The Battle of New Orleans”.
Their second cd “Cajun Down Under” was recorded live at the Kulcha (somewhere in Australia) this year. The band’s occupation had a few changes since their first cd and the 5-piece band became a 6-piece band now. Fortunately the great fiddler Dave Cornwell and great accordion player Peter Marcinkowski are still present and their music style didn’t change. They still play good ol’ traditional Cajun with some Cajun Country and Country-Folk. The cd starts with “Hadley’s Two-Step”, a great instrumental Cajun traditional. Will Balfa’s “Mon Vieux Wagon”, sung by the band’s lady Madge Smith, is one of those tracks, played in the real traditional way with ‘tit Fer (Cajun triangle) by Alan Abraham. The big Cajun classics, such as “Laccasine Special”, “The Back Door”, “Jolie Blon”, “Les Veuves de la Coulee”, “Diggy Liggy Lo”, “Madeleine”, “Grand Mamou” and “J’étais Au Bal” are all present. The Old-Time fiddle tunes “Shortening Bread” and “Bile Them Cabbage Down” are poured in a nice danceable instrumental medley. Their “Tennessee Waltz” sounds brilliant and is played as a medley with “Arc en Ciel”.
These Aussies are all very good musicians and play their music straight from the heart.

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Added : 11 7, 2004
Les Amies Louisianaises

This is a 4 women band, from Southwest Louisiana, that sings in French. They all sang in a church choir and after the choir practice, they stayed to sing some country songs together. Later they decided to present the music from their Acadian heritage to a wider audience and in 1997 they had their first cd, called “La Musique Unique des Acadiens”. Next to some originals written by Jeanette Aguillard, some Cajun traditionals are included here with contribution of Steve Riley and Lee Benoit on accordion and other great musicians such as John Smith and Mark Hebert. The girls sing them all in harmony in their own specific style. Their version of “Madame Sosthène” turns to the melody of “Madame Boso” on the end. “La Valse à Bélisaire” is one of the other nice Cajun traditionals. They made an up-tempo version of “Jolie Blonde”. Dave Marcantel (the manager, who’s Nancy Tabb’s brother) translated “Amazing Grace” in French, which results in their nice “La Grâce du Ciel”. This cd sold well in Louisiana, Texas, California, Chicago, France and Belgium.
This year nos Amies Louisianaises made a 3rd cd called “Chansons d’inspiration” (“Songs of inspiration”). This one includes mostly religious songs, translated in French, but also a tribute to the Veterans, the American National Anthem in French, the Acadian national hymn “Ave Maris Stella” and an instrumental version of “Amazing Grace” done by Chris Miller.
Les Amies Louisianaises don’t see themselves touring the country in a tour bus, but rather sing at festivals, weddings and funerals. The lovers of choir harmony vocals, Acadian gospel and spiritual pop better don’t wait for their funeral to listen to these women’s voices.

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Added : 11 5, 2004

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