Saturday, July 28, 2018

Tribute to the Ragin' Cajun Doug Kerhsaw

This blogger has been a Doug Kershaw fan for forty-nine years, which has included the pleasure of meeting with him a number of times over the years.
 

This tribute was inspired in part by the reactions of some Trumptard fans and relatives of his recently on one of his Facebook timelines.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Grammy Awards



Since the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category was discontinued after 2011, Cajun and Zydeco music nominees have been placed in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category.  Here are the 2018 nominees for that category:

Genre: Cajun
Artist: Lost Bayou Ramblers
Album: Kalenda

Genre: Zydeco
Artist: Dwayne Doopsie And The Zydeco Hellraisers
Album: Top Of The Mountain

Genre: Native American
Artist: Northern Cree
Album: Miyo Kekispea, Make A Stand (Live)

Genre: Native Hawaiian 
Artist: Ho'okena
Album: Ho'okena

Genre: Native Hawaiian 
Artist: Josh Tatofi
Album: Pua Kiele

Two tracks from the two Cajun & Zydeco 2018 Grammy nominees

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Native Hawaiian artist winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album

Congratulations to Native Hawaiian singer Kalani Pe'a and his album E Walea for winning this year's Best Regional Roots Music Album.
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Grammy Awards



The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast by CBS on Sunday, February 12th. 

From 2008 through 2011, there was a Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category.


Since then, Zydeco and Cajun music artists and bands have been placed in Category 52, Best Regional Roots Music Album. 


This year there were no nominations for any standard mainline Cajun or Zydeco music albums. 


However, Louisiana music artists Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars have been nominated this year for their album, Gulfstream. They were previously nominated in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category for their album that included some Zydeco tunes.


Louisiana music artists Jean Ancelet and Sam Broussard have been nominated for their French language folk album, Broken Promised Land. One of the cuts from that album is in the video above.


Also nominated is the album, I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country. The Valcour Records website describes it as follows:


Produced by Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery, it is a one-of-a-kind collection of recordings featuring Louisiana artists performing fresh takes on a unique series of folk songs--both French and English--archived in Louisiana in the 1930's by the late Alan and John Lomax.


The collection features 24 tracks by an incredible group of artists, including Michael Doucet, Marc Broussard, Wayne  Toups, Zachary Richard, Tiffany Lamson, Steve Riley, Ann Savoy, Dirk Powell, Roddie Romero, Cedric Watson, David Greely, Joel Savoy, Keli Jones-Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Anna Laura Edmiston, Kristi Guillory, Joshua Caffrey, Claire Caffrey,  Barry Ancelet, Carl Brazell, Megan Brown and Aurora Nealand.

Most of the album's personalities are well-known Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music artists. Below is a cut from the album:





The other two nominees for this year's Best Regional Roots Music Album are Native American and Native Hawaiian artists.

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Broken Promised Land


Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
Label: Swallow Records

It's A Cree Thing


Northern Cree
Label: Canyon Records

E Walea


Kalani Pe'a
Label: Kalani Pe’a Music Llc

Gulfstream


Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
Label: Octavia Records

I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country


(Various Artists); Joshua Caffery & Joel Savoy, producers
Label: Valcour Records

Monday, February 15, 2016

New Orleans Funk Music Artist Wins This Year

51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM


WINNER

Go Go Juice

Jon Cleary
Label: FHQ Records
The Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album Grammy Award category existed from 2008 to 2011. Since then, Cajun and Zydeco music artist nominees have fallen under the Best Regional Roots Music Album category.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Southern Comfort

Below is a great Cajun music scene from the 1981 film Southern Comfort, starring Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe. It was filmed on location in a Louisiana Cajun bayou village. The musicians include popular classic Cajun artists Dewey Balfa on fiddle and vocal, and Marc Savoy on the accordion. (Marc was also the production's Cajun music consultant). The first complete song performed in the scene is "Parlez-Nous a Boire". The second tune is "Jolie Fille".

Eu dessous est une grande scène de musique cadienne du film Southern Comfort (Confort Méridional) avec Keith Carradine et Powers Boothe. Il a été filmé dans un village cadien dans les bayous (marais) de Louisiane. Les musiciens incluent les artistes cadien classiques et populaires Dewey Balfa sur le violon et le chant, et Marc Savoy sur l'accordéon. (Marc était aussi le consultant de musique cadienne de la production). La première chanson entièrement dans la scène est "Parlez-Nous a Boire". Le deuxième air est "Jolie Fille".