Michael Doucet recently went to Cuba and declared the environment and music very much like south Louisiana.  He went on the tour to hear music and found it everywhere he went, with a tour group.  Doucet and his band, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, are well known for experimenting and extending Cajun music.  They’ve incorporated rock and roll (“Not fade away”), surf (“Atchafalaya pipeline”), Latin (“Hey Baby, quoi ca dit?”) and other music.  Maybe we’ll hear some danzon on their next album!

The Cajun French Music Association annual Le Cajun Awards were given out Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.  Herman Fuselier reports in The Lafayette Advertiser that Travis Matte took home the most awards for his recording Old Time Cajun Songs (Mhat MP-04009).  Other winner included Lee Benoit, Courtney Granger, Felton Lejeune and Ray Abshire.  Germany’s Cajun Roosters took the non-Louisiana Cajun band prize, their second since 2007. 

August 15th is the Acadian National Day, and here are three videos from the town of Carquet, New Brunswick, Canada.  They celebrate the day with a tintamarre, a noisy parade through the city.  The first video uses Zachary Richard’s song Reveille (Bayou des mysteres. Arzed Records. RZ-CD-1017. 1976. CD).  It opens with the Canadian Acadian flag, a French flag with a yellow star in the upper left.  There is also a Louisiana Acadian flag, which uses red, blue and white but has a very different design (top right here).

August 15th is the Acadian National Day in Maritime Francophone Canada.  It’s especially popular in northern New Brunswick, like it is in Caraquet.  Watch a 72 minute National Film Board of Canada/Office National du Film du Canada film Tintamarre – On the Trail of Acadians in North America (some browsers may not work).  Laissez les tintamarre commence!

The Library of Congress (U.S. default national library) has announced that they have made available to the public the 1934 Louisiana recordings made by John and Alan Lomax.  The song index page lists title and performer by parish of origin; parish is what we call counties in Louisiana.  Within each parish are the performer’s name and the song.  These are not downloads; there is an embedded player for listening. There’s also am image of the index card used to record and track the recording.  And there are way more recordings here than what we’ve heard in the two commercial releases, so this is very exciting news for fans and musicians. Go and be inspired! 

Well, it wasn’t a Cajun accordion, but looks like a double- or triple-row used in Mexican-Texas border music, Norteño.  But it was full of meth!  This accordion was found in the possession of an eighteen-year-old, probably late for band practice.  Strange stuff!

No accordion here, this is a version of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet’s long-time favorite song Zydeco gris gris.  Since Jimmy Breaux left the band, BEauSoleil has not had a regular accordionist.  At the June 2014 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, it was Jo-El Sonnier doing the honors.  Wonder if they’ll add a regular accordion player to the band.  BeauSoleil tours a lot, so look for ‘em in your town soon!  And it was recorded underground in Tennessee.  

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