Jim Bessman has written an article about the importance of the music found in the newly-released CD Louisiana Cajun + Creole Music from Rounder Records. These performances at the Newport Folk Festival in the mid-1960s did a lot to bring Cajun and Louisiana Creole music to a national audience. Up until this time, it was almost exclusively a Louisiana phenomenon, with bleed over into southeast Texas. There are quotes from Ann Savoy and Ralph Rinzler. Rinzler was with the Smithsonian Institution’s folklife programs; he made the recordings in this release. It’s an important part of how Cajun and Louisiana Creole were revived in the 1970s and preserved for the future.
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