The folk magazine Dirty Linen is no more, but it leaves a legacy of love for all folk music styles. Author Georgianne Nienaber prepared an article entitled “Tab Benoit : When a Cajun Man Gets the Blues.” The last issue was January 2010, so her article wasn’t published. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, it’s now available.
Tab Benoit doesn’t play Cajun music, so why am I writing this post? He did play with BeauSoleil several times recently, though not playing Cajun songs. Benoit has been a tireless campaigner for saving Louisiana’s wetlands, a cause I heartily endorse, especially with the recent BP debacle in the Gulf of Mexico. And, if you read the article, you’ll find Ann Savoy quoted about halfway through. And she’s an important Cajun musician, married to accordion player and maker Marc Savoy, and author of the pivotal Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People. (It’s subtitled Volume 1, though no other volumes has appeared, unfortunately.)