Lawrence Walker was one of the great accordion players who helped bring the accordion back after World War II and its near disappearance during the ‘string band’ era.  String bands were all the rage in the 1930s and early 1940s, where bands  consisted of fiddles, guitars, bass and drums.  The usual wisdom is that Cajuns returning home after World War II wanted to hear old time music.   Nathan Abshire and Iry LeJeune are also associated with this revival.  Their 1997 recording, Friday at last, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys turned to traditional Cajun music, following much experimentation, with albums like Bayou ruler.  It was also their only album on the Louisiana-based Swallow Record label.   The Lawrence Walker medley consists of several of Walker’s classic tunes.  Here’s a young musician’s version of the medley, played solo, like you might hear on the back porch in his home in Creole, LA, waaay down in Cameron Parish

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