Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D.L. Menard

Boot sale find on Sunday. LP on the Arhoolie label from 1977. Dance music from the Louisiana bayou..........................................................................................................................................................................Wikipedia says - "Dewey Balfa (March 20, 1927 – June 17, 1992) was an American Cajun fiddler and singer who contributed significantly to the popularity of Cajun music. Balfa was born near Mamou, Louisiana. He is perhaps best known for his 1964 performance at the Newport Folk Festival with Gladius Thibodeaux and Vinus LeJeune, where the group received an enthusiastic response from over seventeen thousand audience members. He sang the song "Parlez Nous à Boire" in the 1981 cult film Southern Comfort, in which he had a small role."............................................................................................."Marc Savoy (pronounced English pronunciation: /sɑːˈvwɑː/ 'sah-vwah')[1] (b. near Eunice, Louisiana, United States, October 1, 1940) is an American musician, and builder and player of the Cajun accordion. Savoy holds a degree in chemical engineering but his primary income is derived from his accordion-making business, based at his Savoy Music Center in Eunice, Louisiana. His wife is the singer and guitarist Ann Savoy, whom he met in 1975. He has performed with Robert Bertrand, Dennis McGee, Rodney Balfa, Sady Courville, Dewey Balfa, D. L. Menard, and Michael Doucet, the latter of whom he plays with in the Savoy-Doucet Band. He also plays in the Savoy Family Band with his wife Ann and their sons Joel and Wilson. He hosts regular jam sessions and mini-festivals at the Savoy Music Center."...................................................................................."Menard was born in Erath, Louisiana. The only child of Mr. Ophy Menard and Mrs. Helena Primeaux Menard. He was part of a Cajun farming family. He started to play guitar at 16 and started playing dances in Louisiana clubs at 17. He was greatly influenced by Hank Williams meeting him once in 1951 at the Teche Club shortly before Hank's death. Since then he has performed in more than 30 countries and served as a good-will ambassador for Cajun culture. He has also recorded with non-Cajun artists, including Bryan Ferry. He and his wife Louella - now deceased - have seven children, seventeen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He still lives in Erath and continues to play music. He has maintained a separate career as a craftsman, noted for his handmade ash-wood chairs he makes at his one-man factory in Erath."......................................................................................................................................................................Tracks are as follows - 1. Jolie BlondeDe bayou 2. Petite Fille De La Campagne 3.En Bas D'un Chene Vert 4. Port Arthur Blues 5. J'ai Fait Un Gros Erreur 6. J'etais Au Bal........................................................................................................................................................................Dewey Balfa & Co. - Side One

2 comments:

Outa-Spaceman said...

Oh, ho, ho...
Liking this a great deal.

Thanks

OSM

KD said...

Thanks Michael, I Love Cajun Music.

If Interested, Here's a Couple Tracks (I uploaded to Tmblr) by the Great Cajun Accordionist
Nathan Abshire with the Balfa Brothers.

Nathan Abshire featuring Balfa Brothers - Offshore Blues
http://tmblr.co/ZbsPWyTvhb15

Nathan Abshire featuring Balfa Brothers - Choupique Two Step
http://tmblr.co/ZbsPWyU26ycX