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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Cory McCauley and his Evangeline Aces
style : Cajun
Cory, who currently lives in Houston, Texas, grew up in Soileau, Louisiana, where he learned to play Cajun accordion from Hadley Fontenot (early Balfa Brothers). After Fontenot’s death in 1987, he kept on searching for the old and rare Cajun stuff, on which he based his own music style. So he picked up a lot of forgotten tunes and refreshed those songs with a lot of passion. The name "Evangeline Aces" is a combination of the names of 2 of McCauley's favourite bands, Austin Pitre's Evangeline Playboys and Lawrence Walker's Wandering Aces. This band (including Lisa, Cory’s wife, on guitar and also vocals) plays their music exactly in the same good old traditional Cajun way. In 1999 they recorded the cd “Play That Thing, Yeah Jack!” on a label called Fais Do Do. You can hear 4 tracks from this cd on http://npmusic.org/artists.html
I’m not surprised this CD has received a nomination as “Recording of the Year” from the Cajun French Music Association. It’s impossible not to move, while hearing these songs! It’s all played and sung so beautiful, with so many feeling! Traditional Cajun music from heart to heart!
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Added : 10 12, 2004
Iry LeJeune, a legend!
style : Cajun
Iry LeJeune was born on October 28, 1928, in Pointe Noir (near Church Point), Louisiana. Nearly blind from birth and unable to help with farm work, as a child he spent his days at the home of his uncle, Angelas LeJeune, a popular Cajun musician of the 1920's.
During the 1930's the accordion lost its popularity for the fiddle; but Iry LeJeune is regarded as the man responsible for the revival of the Cajun accordion after World War II. Iry first recorded "Lovebridge Waltz" for the Opera record company in Houston. Next to a brilliant accordionist, he was also a great singer-songwriter. His popularity grew with the release of records such as "Lacassine Special," "J'ai Eté Au Bal" and "Calcasieu Waltz" on Eddie Shuler's Goldband records.
On the night of October 8, 1955 (49 years ago, today!), Iry LeJeune and fiddler J.B. Fuselier were returning home from a dance in Eunice when their car developed a flat tire. As they changed the tire at the side of the road a passing car struck them. Fuselier was seriously injured; LeJeune was thrown into a nearby field and killed instantly. He was not yet 27 years old.
Iry LeJeune is one of the most important musicians in the history of Cajun music. He was also father from another legendary accordion player-singer, Eddie LeJeune, who left us a few years ago.
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Added : 10 8, 2004
36 candles for Chuckie!
Today it's Chuck's birthday! Besides being a great guitar player, Chuck is also the porter to this Cajun Corner. Or have you ever entered this site without passing by Chuck's Hot News page?
What else has this guy to do with Cajun music? Well, who else do you think plays the guitar with the Billygoat Riders on songs like "Lache Pas La Patate", "The Back Door", "Jambalaya-Grand Texas", "One Step A Chaumant", "High Point Two-Step"...?
Bon anniversaire, Chuck! And all you Cajuns, have a good drink on him!
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Added : 10 7, 2004
Big birthday in Cajun heaven
Joseph “Joe” Falcon was born on 28th September 1900, in Robert’s Cove, which is close to Rayne, Louisiana. He began playing accordion at the age of 7. A few years later his career as professional musician already began. Together with singer-guitarist Cleoma Breaux (sister of legendary accordionist Amédée Breaux), he was the first to record a cajun song. “Lafayette” (known as “Allons A Lafayette”, which is one of the most popular cajun songs ever), was recorded in New Orleans on 27th April 1928 for Columbia Records. Later, Cleoma became Joe’s wife. Joe and Cleoma recorded more sessions in New York (August 1928) and in Atlanta (April 1929). During the 1930s they recorded for Columbia, Decca, Bluebird, and OKeh. In 1934 they issued an early version of “Hip et Taïaut”, under the title “Ils la volet mon trancas”, for Bluebird, and in 1937 Cléoma recorded the popular “Mon coeur t’appelle”, better known as “J’ai passé devant ta porte”, for OKeh. Joe Falcon had his last recording in 1937, but continued to perform as leader of Joe Falcon and His Silver Bell String Band (which included his second wife Theresa on drums) after Cleoma died in 1941. Although he did not record commercially after Cléoma’s death, a 1963 live recording at the Triangle Club in Scott was released on the Arhoolie label. Joe Falcon died in Crowley, Louisiana on 19th November 1965
Added : 9 28, 2004
Joe Barry has passed away.
style : Swamp-pop
Last Tuesday, 31st August, Swamp Popper Joseph Barrios (a.k.a. Joe Barry) died at age 65.
Joe began recording locally in 1958, but his version of "I'm A Fool To Care" (a ballad from Gene Autrey) put him in the national spotlight in the early sixties and became a gold record.
His last album "Been Down That Muddy Road" for Night Train Records, was released August 19, 2003.
About a month ago he suffered a heart attack.
Added : 9 8, 2004
Thibodeaux au restaurant.
Hi waitress! May I have la carte please?
Of course sir, do you want to eat or to drink in here?
Mais non, madame! I just can't find my way home back to Mamou.
Added : 8 3, 2004
Remember Harry Choates
The fiddle king of Cajun swing, Harry Choates died in jail on July 17, 1951. Officially he died from beating his head against the cell bars, while he was in need of alcohol, but possibly his jailers may have killed him while attempting to calm him.
Harry Choates, born at the end of 1922, played at young age with Leo Soileau and Happy Fats “LeBlanc”. Next to fiddle, Harry also played accordion, guitar and steel guitar.
Around 1946 he started a band, called the Melody Boys. That year he also recorded “Jole Blon” (an old Cajun waltz) for the Gold Star label. It was a big success (one year before piano player Moon Mullican recorded the song), but because Harry suffered from chronic alcoholism, he sold "Jole Blon" for $100 and a bottle of whiskey.
Harry Choates, who became famous for his "Eh...ha, ha!" and "aaiee" vocal cries, mixed traditional Cajun music with Western Swing.
Added : 7 18, 2004
style : Zydeco
After the surprising cd "Evangeline Made", which includes non-Cajun artists playing & singing Cajun, Vanguard Records now came out with a tribute to Creole & Zydeco. This cd is also produced by that busy cajun woman, Ann Savoy. Zydeco star, Geno Delafose & cajun fiddler Michael Doucet also gave their contribution. Next to Creole fiddler-accordion player Ed Poullard (who also played with Beausoleil & the Ardoin Family Band), here with Darol Anger and next to the well-known zydeco's Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and Keith Frank (with Rosie Ledet, Sean Ardoin and Nathan Williams & his Cha-Chas), this cd includes well known outsiders such as Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Michelle Shocked, Taj Mahal and even "Wordy Rapping Hood" Tom Tom Club and Cyndi Lauper... But as soon as you overcome this shock, you can have a listen to this cd, 'cause they really did a very good job! Also check Patje's review on "cd-reviews" (on Billybop).
Added : 7 2, 2004
Hackberry Ramblers: "Early Recordings: 1935-1950"
Arhoolie Records made a compilation from the historic first recordings of the Hackberry Ramblers on cd. It's absolutely a must for all cajun- and western swing- lovers. Those years, this legendary band played even more Western Swing than Cajun. But the typical bayou-sound, and also the hillbilly and old-time influences, has always been present! Great fiddle sound by Luderine Darbone, who's still performing with accordionist Edwin Duhon and the other Hackberry Ramblers! Next to Luderine Darbone, the Hackberry Ramblers also included musicians such as Lennis Sonnier, "Rang Tang Bully" Joe Werner, Floyd & Lonnie Rainwater, Pete Duhon, Danny & Floyd Shreve, Johnny Puderer, etc.
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Added : 6 25, 2004
Remember Dewey Balfa
Exactly 12 years ago, 17th June 1992, cajun legend Dewey Balfa died.
Dewey was born, as son of Charles Balfa and Amay Ardoin, in 1927 in Grand Louis (near Mamou), Louisiana. His father, grandfather , great-grandfather and his brother Will, were also fiddlers. At a young age, Dewey started the Balfa Brothers, with Will (also on fiddle), Harry and later Rodney on guitar. They became famous for their compelling twin fiddle sound and soulful vocals. They added an accordion by great players such as Nathan Abshire, Hadley Fontenot, Nonc Allie Young and Marc Savoy.
Dewey also worked as a farmer, insurance salesman, schoolbus driver, deejay and furniture storeowner.
In 1964 he performed (with Gladius Thibodeaux and Louis LeJeune) at the Newport Folk festival in Rhode Island. About 17.000 people (most of them never heard about cajun music before) gave the band a standing ovation.
In 1978, his Balfa brothers Rodney and Will died in a tragic car accident. Dewey started playing with Tony (Rodney's son) and some other musicians. In 1982 Dewey received the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor this country can bestow on a traditional artist.
Today the Balfa tradition is still carried on by Balfa Toujours, with Christine Balfa (Dewey's youngest daughter).
Added : 6 17, 2004
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