To access digital recordings please visit the Center for Louisiana Studies in Room 313 of the Dupre Library.
Interview of Jo-El Sonnier by Ben Sandmel
Jo-El Sonnier talks about recording with RCA records - Album "Come On, Joe"
02:00 - Modernizing the Cajun Accordion
03:40 - Richard Bennet
05:20 - Discussions about each song on album - Baby Hold On; Pay the Price; So Long Baby, Goodbye
-No More One More Time; Come On Joe; Say You Love Me; Raining in my Heart
-Louisiana 1927; Tear Stained Letter; I Slipped Your Mind
18:00 - Reasons for choosing the type of songs he did for this album - Not being confined to Cajun music
24:00 - Mark and Ann Savoy
29:30 - Rehearsing for and recording the album
32:30 - How this album is special to Jo-El - branching out. "big step forward for him"
34:30 - What RCA taking the album seriously means to Jo-El
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Johnny Winter
Interview with Johnny Winter: 1992 - Interview used to make liner notes for Scorching' Blues Album
00:40 - Drumming style on Johnny's albums
02:00 - Track by Track Rundown of Johnny's new album
04:00 - Walkin' By Myself (Jimmy Rogers tune) - Musicians on track, personal feelings about the song
05:15 - Dive and Duck - Musicians on track, recorded mostly live
06:20 - One Step at a Time
07:20 - Blaney May - Johnny played drums on the track - Talks about his drumming experience
08:50 - White, Hot, and Blue Album - New personnel on this album and issues he had making the album
11:50 - Mad Blues; It Was Raining
14:30 - Mother In Law, Goin' to Dallas
16:45 - Guitar slide
19:50 - Mean Town Blues
24:50 - Recollections about the album as a whole
25:40 - Early musical influences
28:20 - Recording and playing Sugar Bee
30:00 - Blues revival
32:30 - Older Blues musicians Johnny was influenced by
34:55 - Places Johnny played in Louisiana - Big Oaks Club, Louanne's, Texas Pelican
36:00 - Playing Cajun and Swamp Pop Music
36:40 - Playing with Clifton Chenier at Antone's right before he passed away
37:30 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Clarence Barlow
40:00 - Tips and tricks he learned about the slide guitar
41:40 - Goin' to Dallas
42:00 - Ben's liner note writing experiences
Interview of Paul Scott by Ben Sandmel
Recorded circa 1987
01:54 - Distinctions between Cajun and Creole cultures
03:00 - The borrowing and sharing between the two cultures
05:55 - The music that the young people are interested in, country vs. city kids
08:30 - The growth of the Zydeco Festival in Plaisance, LA, memorable moments
09:30 - Types of music that have planed off and predictions of where Zydeco music is going
12:30 - Memories of Boozoo Chavis and Clifton Chenier playing at festival
16:00 - Expanding the festival
16:40 - Festival Committee, Helping other festivals book good bands
22:40 - Bands charging a lot of money to perform and how that effects their popularity and availability to the local people - Rockin' Sidney
32:30 - Radio stations playing Zydeco music
Interview of Warren Ceasar by Ben Sandmel
Recorded in 1987
00:00:30 - Learning music from his father and other family members - Melvin Randall, Lionel Boutté, Jules and Joe Handy
00:01:50 - Lionel Boutté and the Zydeco Band
00:02:30 - His musical influences and the type of music he plays
00:03:30 - Rocking Sidney being his main influence
00:04:00 - Talking about his band and recordings they made
00:05:30 - When Zydeco started becoming popular
00:07:00 - More people starting to want to speak French
00:08:00 - Trying to work and play music
00:08:30 - What is unique about his band
00:11:30 - Thoughts on mainsteam music
00:13:10 - Started going to dances since he was seven - Growing up in L'anse Maigre
00:13:30 - Bois Sec Ardoin and Canrary Fontenot are his uncles
00:14:30 - La-la music
00:14:45 - Bois Sec and Canray playing in dance halls and listening to them, Bois Sec's Nightclub - Cowboy Club
00:16:00 - Listening to Bois Sec and Canray when he was a child
00:16:45 - How he began playing music using a cornet he modified
00:23:40 - Experience playing music in the school band
00:28:20 - Hitchhiking to get to gigs
00:29:20 - Moving to Houston to play music
-Clifton Chinier asking him to play his horn on Clifton's live album recorded at Grant Street
00:41:00 - Lessons he learned from Clifton
00:42:30 - How Zydeco music regained popularity
00:44:30 - Talks about being Creole
00:56:00 - His relationship with Clifton and working with him
01:00:10 - Paul Simon coming to play with Rockin Dopsie
01:01:10 - Nonc Joe and Amedé Ardoin
Interview of Wilbert Guillory by Ben Sandmel
Recorded circa 1987
00:30 - How the Festival began
01:40 - They decided something need to be done to preserve the Creole culture
02:00 - 1980-81 - Meeting with Vanessa Green - The festival began at Holy Ghost in Opelousas
03:30 - Experiences as a sweet potato farmer and organizing the Sweet Potato Co-op
07:20 - Buying the festival grounds in Plaisance; Working with small farmers - training them
12:30 - The first year of the festival
16:00 - Sponsors for the festival
20:00 - Zydeco making a come back within the last 10 years
24:45 - Connection between Zydeco music and the Catholic Church
25:00 - Fundraising for the Church
26:45 - Canning snap beans
27:40 - Zydeco House Dances
29:00 - Southern Development Foundation; The staff organizing the festival
35:30 - Other things they do besides the festival
40:00 - Interview with Paul
Interview of Ann Savoy by Ben Sandmel
00:00 - Discusses the start of the Liberty Theater
04:00 - Getting the national park involved in the Liberty Theater and then getting the Mayor of Eunice Curtis Joubert
06:10 - Marc Savoy putting on a Tex-Mex show at the Liberty in 1982 - Santiago Jimenez
07:15 - Nick Spitzer's "Zydeco" premiere at the Liberty
08:00 - Jim Isenogle - Head of Jean Lafitte Center being interested in buying the theatre
08:40 - Reviving the Mardi Gras of Eunice
10: 15 - The city of Eunice purchasing the Liberty Theater and the National Park began putting on shows at the Liberty
11:30 - Renovating the Liberty Theater. Historic aspects of the Liberty Theater, built in 1924 and opened in the 1930's
14:00 - Ann Savoy and Jane Vidrine writing plays and performing them at the theater
17:30 - The origins of the Rendez-Vous des Cajuns weekly show at the Liberty Theater
19:45 - The recipe portion of the show and humorist - Gertrude Fontenot, Linus Betrand, Madame Etoufée, Dula Matte
23:30 - Involvement of Ray Brassieur and Vincent Fontenot, Keeping the show mostly in French
Interview of Barry Ancelet by Ben Sandmel
01:00 - History of restoring the Liberty Theater
03:00 - The first show, - "Inventing a bicycle while riding one"
05:00 - The response of the public to the show being in French and the show speaking to the local people in their terms
07:00 - People coming form outside to get an out of culture experience
07:00 - The show validating the local people and culture
11:00 - The shock to the first band that played at the theater
13:00 - Dealing with last minute changes, warming up the crowd
15:00 - Traditions that have become as a result as the nature of the show
Interview of Curtis Joubert by Ben Sandmel
01:15 - Sworn in as mayor in 1981
02:00 - Issues in Eunice - Drying up of oil revenue
05:00 - The City of Eunice purchasing the Theatre
05:30 - Cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to start programming at the Liberty
08:00 - French speakers in the community
09:45 - His perspective on the reasons for renovating the Liberty Theater and starting the weekly Shows
12:15 - The response of the people of the community
13:15 - Curtis' feelings on why the program should be in French
14:30 - People finding Eunice and the economic benefits of these events
15:00 - The economic benefits to the city
17:30 - The Liberty Theater producing revenue
17:50 - Eunice rural Mardi Gras celebration, Crawfish Cookoff
19:50 - The liberty has inspired many more cultural events to occur in Eunice
21:00 - Louisiana Folklife Festival
22:20 - Restoration of the Liberty Theater
24:45 - Producing programming with a low budget
26:00 - The other local uses of the Liberty Theater
27:00 - Standout performances for Curtis
30:00 - Cajun and Zydeco Music becoming popular outside of the state
Interview of David Greely by Ben Sandmel
00:10 - His thoughts about playing at the liberty theater - Audience speaks French
00:20 - Loves that most of the audience knows the music and speaks French
01:00 - Show is conducted in French
01:15 - When David started learning French - exposure to the language
02:30 - Teaching himself vocabulary and grammar
03:00 - How he got involved in playing Cajun music
Interview of Vincent Fontenot by Ben Sandmel.
00:30 - His involvement in Cajun music and owning the club in Basile
01:00 - Nonc Allie Young
02:00 - Harry LaFleur forming the CFMA - Cajun French Music Association
05:00 - First productions at the Liberty Theater
05:50 - Acadian Culture Center being tied in with the Liberty Theater
06:00 - Vincent became the first park ranger at the National Park, Jean Lafitte Center
07:50 - Architectural drawings for the Jean Lafitte Center
11:00 - Memorable events at the theater
11:50 - Claudia Wood, Tina Pillione
Interview of Nick Spitzer by Ben Sandmel.
00:00 - His experience using it to premier the documentary on rural Zydeco
00:45 - Event with Chris Strachwitz and Santiago Jimenez
01:30 - Locals coming together to get the theater prepared for the film premier
02:25 - Reactions during the premier
02:50 - Restoration of the theater
03:00 - Originally built to give locals access to popular culture
05:00 - Programming being in French
Interview of Benji Russell by Ben Sandmel.
Occupational Folklore of the Oilfield
02:35 - New employees offshore - Hazing rituals
07:30 - Cajuns working offshore
10:20 - Offshore cooks
15:40 - Helicopter pilots
18:55 - How the oil field has changed
20:15 - Activities during downtime on the oil platform
21:30 - The sacrifces made while working offshore
Crawford Vincent and Wilson Granger - Performance with commentary circa 1991 by Ben Sandmel
Crawford Vincent & Wilson Granger:
00:00 - 'La valse de grand bois'
02:20 - 'Cowboy Waltz'
03:30 - 'Chère bébé Créole'
05:40 - 'Les veuves de la coulée'
09:18 - Unnamed Waltz
11:20 - 'Chère Mom'
13:08 - 'Ton Papa et ta mama m'a jeté dehors'
15:40 - 'Faded love'
17:42 - *inaudible*
19:00 - 'Over the Waves'
21:40 - 'Country Tune'
23:05 - 'Grand Mamou'
25:18 - 'Grand Texas'
27:30 - 'Bubbles In My Beer'
30:30 - 'J'ai fait une grosse erreur'
31:30 - 'Les veuves de la coulée'
33:20 - 'The Moment I Lost You'
35:10 - 'I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You'
38:00 - 'I Ain't Got Nobody'
40:40 - 'There'll Come A Time'
44:00 - 'Tous les deux pour la même'
46:00 - 'Cold Cold Heart'
48:00 - 'T'en à eu, t'en auras plus'
48:40 - 'Boil Them Cabbage Down'
49:30 - Unnamed Waltz
51:00 - 'Port Arthur Blues'
Interview of Crawford Vincent by Ben Sandmel
00:00 - Talking about the early days of the Hackberry Ramblers
02:40 - Evolution of the band - Crawford joining the band when he was with the Civilian Conservation Corps
03:20 - Working on the farm after finishing school
04:50 - Playing with Harry Choates, Leo Soileau, Happy Fats
06:45 - Jolie Blonde
08:10 - Music changing - Began playing music with Accordion players
-Iry LeJeune, Joe Bonsall, Sidney Brown, Marie Falcon, August Broussard
11:00 - Crawford's thoughts on being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Tennessee
12:30 - Jimmy C. Newman, Rufus Thibodeaux, Curzy "Porkchop" Roy
14:00 - Mentioning Johnnie Allan's "Memories" book
Interview with Kenny Bill Stinson by Ben Sandmel
Recorded circa 1987
Kenny Bill Stinson:
00:00 - Born in Texarkana, grew up in Monroe and West Monroe, Early life
01:30 - How he got started with music - first guitar, playing by ear
02:40 - Played trumpet in elementary school
03:00 - First band was the Marvels after the Marvel Comics
04:00 - How be began to get into Rhythm and Blues and Country music
05:00 - Blues music in North Louisiana
08:45 - Starting to front his own band, learning old material
12:50 - Stories - life in the road
19:40 - Moving to Nashville
19:00 - European Tour with Brenda Lee, Roy Acuff, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Rich; More discussion about touring
30:00 - Playing with the Nevilles
33:40 - Future music plans - wanting to branch out
35:00 - World's Fair - David Doucet
37:45 - Music in North Louisiana not getting the same recognition as the rest of the state
41:00 - Lack of music venues in North LA
41:45 - Jazz Fest
Interviews of Nathan and Sid Williams by Ben Sandmel
Recorded circa 1988
Nathan & Sid Williams:
00:00 - People in the family who play music - Dennis Paul, Allen, Sid, Florita Williams
00:30 - Dennis Paul Williams and Francis Pavy
05:45 - Sid and Sid's wife bought Nathan his first accordion, sound system
07:00 - Learning from Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural) learning from and starting to play with him
09:00 - Starting up El-Sid-O's
15:00 - Talking about his son, Nathan Williams, Jr. - Getting him started in music
15:45 - Growing up speaking French and playing Zydeco
19:00 - Talking about songs on the album
24:50 - What inspires him to write a song
30:30 - List of songs on the CD
31:20 - Singing style
35:10 - Members of the band - Adam Harris, Kevin Menard, Paul Daigle, Mark Williams
39:00 - Zydeco clubs, festivals he plays
40:30 - Touring full time
42:30 - His club in Lafayette
46:00 - Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat as influences
Interviews of Reverend Burnell Offlee by Ben Sandmel
Recorded circa 1985
Reverend Burnell Offlee:
00:10 - Religious songs
03:30 - The work he does as a preacher
08:10 - His work as a cab driver
09:30 - Went to the council meeting to plead on behalf of the other cab drivers
14:00 - Story of how he saved a marriage working as a cab driver
22:45 - Born in Zachary, LA - Early life
23:30 - Singing gospel music - other people in the family who sing - The Gospel Four, The Silver Leaf Quartet
26:00 - People in his band being of different denominations
29:20 - Doesn't write many songs - rearranges old songs
32:15 - Forming the group
33:00 - Living and working in Seattle
35:00 - Driving cabs, Talking about his 1957 Chevy
40:00 - The message in gospel songs
42:00 - Blues versus Spiritual Music
Interview with Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural by Ben Sandmel
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural:
0:55 - Talking about the album and why is is different from others he has done
2:20 - Using a Zydeco groove in more mainstream tunes
3:00 - Album Rehearsals
Hackberry Ramblers in New York Part 1.
Recorded February 1998 live
08:45 - Hackberry Ramblers on MTV Live for Pre-Grammy Jamboree - Theme Song
10:15 - Interview with the Hackberry Ramblers - Nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy
12:00 - Interview with Kelsey Grammer
13:40 - Interview with Hanson
15:00 - R. Kelly
23:50 - Interview with R. Kelly
26:33 - Portion of Queue de tortue
29:25 - Interview with Hanson - Hackberry Ramblers playing entrance music
50:50 - Pauvre Hobo
53:45 - Theme Song
55:30 - Queue de tortue, La dernière valse
Live Performance by the Hackberry Ramblers at Tramp's in New York City, Part 2.
Hackberry Ramblers Performing at Tramp's in New York City
Recorded in February 1998
00:00:00 - 'La dernière valse'
00:06:00 - 'Pipe Liner's Blues'
00:08:30 - 'I Have A New Heartache'
00:11:45 - 'Jolie Blonde'
00:15:30 - 'Johnny B. Goode'
00:19:25 - 'I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again'
00:22:40 - 'Take Me Back To Tulsa'
00:24:20 - 'J'ai passé devant ta porte'
00:28:15 - 'Hip et taiaut'
00:30:40 - 'J'ai étais au bal'
00:34:00 - 'Hack à Moreau'
00:37:30 - 'Rollin on a River'
00:40:10 - 'Please Release Me'
00:44:18 - 'Toe Tappin'
00:49:50 - 'Bosco Blues'
00:53:05 - 'Take These Chains From My Heart'
00:57:00 - 'Deep Water'
Hackberry Ramblers Instrument Donation Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Recorded at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville - December 1999
00:00 - Introduction
01:10 - Hackberry Ramblers honored - Band History Bluebird label
04:00 - Band Intro, Luderin Darbonne talking about donating his fiddle to the Hall of Fame
10:00 - How Luderin learned to play the fiddle (reading music and playing by ear)
13:00 - Forming the Hackberry Ramblers
18:00 - Edwin Duhon donates his guitar to the Hall of Fame
20:15 - Rodney Crowell speaks about the Hackberry Ramblers
Hackberry Ramblers Perform:
25:45 - 'Hackberry Ramblers Theme Song'
27:00 - 'Queue de tortue'
29:50 - 'Jolie blonde'
32:30 - 'Step It Fast'
35:20 - 'Pipeliner's Blues'
39:50 - 'My Head Stays Foggy Cause You're Mine'
Hackberry Ramblers performance and interview on IRM with Bart Shore
00:00 - 'Hackberry Ramblers' Theme Song'
03:15 - 'Ben Sandmel Introduces the band'
08:25 - 'J'ai étais au bal'
12:00 - Interview with Glenn Croker
15:40 - 'Pauvre Hobo'
24:15 - 'Old Pipeliner'
33:15 - Early record contracts - selling rights to recordings
35:40 - 'Sitting on Top of the World'
43:20 - 'Married to One, In Love with Another'
49:20 - 'Spanish Two Step'
51:25 - Interview with Ben Sandmel
52:45 - 'Hackberry Ramblers' Theme Song'
53:40 - 'Grand Texas'
Hackberry Ramblers Live Performance and Interview on WSM
Recorded in December 1993
00:00 - Intro
01:00 - Luderin Darbonne discussing the beginning of the band - working in radio broadcasting
02:45 - New Album on Flying Fish Records
03:25 - Recording with RCA in 1935
05:25 - 'Queue de tortue'
11:50 - 'Hip et taieau'
17:30 - 'Crowley Waltz'
21:50 - CD Version of 'Old Pipeliner' with intro and vocals by Rodney Crowell
26:10 - Ben Sandmel introduces the band
27:00 - 'Grand Texas'
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Boozoo Chavis
Some interview questions by Amanda LaFleur - Recorded in Summer 1987
Ben Sandmel with Boozoo Chavis:
00:00:00 - Where he was born and raised
00:01:00 - Talking about getting getting married and family members
00:04:20 - Discussing Trail Rides
00:09:00 - How he started playing accordion
00:10:10 - Learning to play by ear, does not read or write music
00:10:30 - Early House Dances - learning from the man who was playing accordion
00:16:45 - People he learned from Len Pitre, Ray Sam- Playing rubboard with Joe Jackson
00:17:50 - Describing "Paper in My Shoe"
00:22:00 - How he bought his first accordion and began playing in clubs - Continental Club, Club 15, Club 16
00:23:45 - Recording "Paper in my Shoe - Being connected to Eddie Shuler by Sidney Brown
00:25:30 - Payment for "Paper in my Shoe" from Eddie Shuler at Goldband Records
00:31:10 - Boozoo did not fall off his stool while recording "Paper in my Shoe"
00:36:30 - Retiring from music
00:37:50 - Coming back - Recording for Floyd Soileau
-Other types of music he enjoys - Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.
00:45:00 - Speaking Creole and French and the differences between what is spoken in different areas
00:48:50 - How he got the name "BooZoo"
00:51:15 - Raising horses
00:53:15 - The party record - Deacon Jones - Some clubs not allowing him to play the song
-Playing at clubs in Houston and Austin, TX
01:02:25 - Zydeco coming back and the young people's interest the music and language
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Boozoo Chavis
Recorded in Summer 1987
Ben Sandmel with Boozoo Chavis:
00:00 - The songs Boozoo has written
02:00 - Talking about his style of playing
04:40 - The musicians he likes and does not like
09:30 - His perspective on the young musicians coming up - Terrance Simien
11:00 - Hippies - Boozoo's thoughts on smoking marijuana
13:40 - Boozoo's description of Zydeco music
16:15 - Baisse-bas, short step
Interview by Ben Sandmel with C.J. Chenier
Phone interview with C.J. Chenier conducted in 1995
Ben Sandmel with C.J. Chenier:
00:50 - He was raised in Port Arthur by his mother
01:20 - CJ knew his Dad and his music
02:00 - Music he heard when growing up
02:40 - How he began playing music
-Clifton buying him a guitar, taking piano lessons, Saxophone in marching band
04:20 - Starting bands of his own and playing with his dad
05:30 - Joining Clifton's band
08:40 - Learning to play zydeco music and the accordion
-Clifton getting sick and continuing to play with Clifton's band after his death
11:00 - The New Album coming out, "Too Much Fun"
13:50 - Talking about each song
21:25 - The people to thank for the album
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Dalton Reed
Recorded circa 1990
Ben Sandmel with Dalton Reed:
01:20 - Comes from a religious musical background - Musical family members
03:10 - Started out singing in a children's choir and then in his high school band
03:45 - Joining high school marching band, high school stage band
05:25 - Talks about bands he played with after his career got going
07:35 - Jockey Etienne
11:15 - Musical influences
13:10 - The influence his brother (Johnny Reed) had on his music
-The new album and explaining each song on the album
18:00 - Rounder Records
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Don Cravins
Ben Sandmel with Don Cravins:
00:10 - Growing up on a farm in Mallet, LA
01:00 - Speaking French growing up
01:30 - How he got involved in Zydeco Music
02:00 - Had many businesses liked to take a challenges
02:30 - Started to do a Zydeco show on Z 106 (name of station at the time)
04:30 - Discovering Zydeco Force at a trail ride
05:45 - Zydeco TV Program - Zydeco Extravaganza
08:00 - Zydeco bands he likes
10:00 - Networking and meeting people, running for state senator
14:50 - Talking about traditional Zydeco music
15:30 - The young Zydeco musicians and the come back of Zydeco. Trail rides
17:45 - His enjoyment of doing the radio show
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Marc and Ann Savoy Part 1
Recorded circa 1984-85
Ben Sandmel with Marc and Ann Savoy:
01:00 - How he runs his accordion business and handles those who do not appreciate the culture
02:00 - Selling Peavy merchandise in his store
04:30 - His views on how music should be played and represented
07:20 - How he runs his store - good service, good quality. No need for sales pitches
13:00 - Cajun music being popular outside of Acadiana
16:00 - Choosing to keep a low profile
22:00 - Clifton Chenier
26:30 - Feelings about recording in a studio and playing dances
29:10 - Music he grew up listening to as a child
30:00 - His father bought him an accordion at age 11, because Mark showed interest in Cajun music
34:00 - Talking about modern Cajun music
35:30 - Musical influences
39:40 - New Country music
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Marc and Ann Savoy Part 2
Recorded circa 1984-1985
Ben Sandmel with Marc and Ann Savoy:
00:10 - Mark's Grandparents did not speak English - learning to speak French with them
02:05 - Comments on CODOFIL
03:20 - High school experiences, did not fit in very well
05:30 - College years
07:20 - Beginning of his music playing career - Huey Meaux - Crazy Cajun Records
10:25 - Realizing that his true talent was in his craftsmanship
11:30 - This led him to a cross road to decided weather to purse a musical career or a career as a craftsman
13:30 - The development of his skills as an accordion builder and how he learned/self taught the craft
16:30 - What professional musicians look for in an accordion
18:45 - Perfectionism vs. Cajun culture
27:00 - Mark prefers to focus his energy and talents in the local community
36:30 - Current musicians he admires
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Marc and Ann Savoy Part 3
Recorded circa 1984-1985
Ben Sandmel with Marc and Ann Savoy:
00:01:30 - The vision of Cajun music in the eyes of Non Cajuns even local people
00:03:00 - Ann's first impression of Louisiana
00:06:00 - The land they live on has been in their family for seven generations
00:07:00 - Restoring their house
00:07:55 - Ann's musical background and French background
00:09:55 - Marc and Ann playing music together and how they complement each other
00:12:50 - Ann's formal musical training
00:15:00 - Ann talking about her book - reasons for writing it
00:18:00 - What she learned about Cajun culture from writing her book
00:20:20 - Ann's interactions with Cajun women
00:24:30 - Ann's family's reaction to her moving to Louisiana
00:28:00 - Marc wants to stay home instead of going on the road
00:29:00 - Ann talks about how she was accepted here immediately
00:33:25 - Description of their music
00:36:00 - How playing with a full band effects the sound of the music
00:38:30 - Marc's experiences playing folk festivals outside of Louisiana
00:45:30 - What makes Cajun music and Louisiana attractive to others and why it should be maintained
00:49:00 - The warmth in Cajun music and culture - nothing superficial
00:52:30 - Marc talking about how he's satisfied with where he's at in his career
00:55:40 - Clifton Chenier
00:59:30 - Older Cajuns - Not necessarily well-educated, but were smart, talented and creative
01:02:50 - Experience at a festival in Shreveport
01:06:00 - Difference between a musician and a performer
01:07:45 - Walking outside, describing some buildings on their property
Interviews by Ben Sandmel - Hackberry Ramblers meeting with Eddie Shuler at Goldband Records
Contract negotiations at Goldband Records - Fall 1993
Hackberry Ramblers and Eddie Shuler:
02:00 - Defamation of character - Eddie Shuler
03:30 - Exclusivity clause with Goldband
08:00 - Lease agreement, Eddie's issues with the Flying Fish contract
14:00 - Discussing contract with Flying Fish Records
19:00 - Eddie isn't concerned with the contract with Flying Fish
28:00 - Eddie arguing about "power of attorney"
Interview by Ben Sandmel of Fernest and Dalton Arceneaux
Recorded in 1987
Fernest and Dalton Arceneaux:
00:20 - Born and raised in Carencro - raised in Mouton Switch
01:10 - Musical and Family background
04:00 - Ferdinand Arceneaux (Fernest's dad) Pete Duhon - Had a band with two accordions
06:45 - Fernest and the Thunders
09:20 - Zydeco regaining popularity
10:30 - Young musicians in Zydeco music
11:00 - Speaking French and the French language coming back
12:50 - Songs on the new record
15:30 - Popular modern music
17:25 - Other musicians they admire
18:40 - His description of Zydeco music
20:00 - Family members playing music
22:00 - Lil Buck Senegal
25:00 - Learning music by ear
26:30 - Describing Zydeco
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Floyd Soileau
Recorded in 1996
Ben Sandmel with Floyd Soileau:
00:25 - First label he recorded under was Jin records (1957), recording the Boogie Kings and Rod Bernard
01:10 - Creating Swallow Records
02:00 - Going from recording Swamp Pop to Cajun, Creole, Zydeco music
02:30 - Maison de Soul and Komaday labels
03:00 - Flat Town Music - Publishing and Main Company Name
03:30 - Reasons for recording under different labels
05:30 - The basis of Flat Town records is to promote Louisiana music
06:30 - State of Swamp Pop music
10:00 - The late 50's and early 60's when Cajun music was in a lull
12:15 - Younger Cajun musicians learning to sing in French and then learning to speak French
-David Greely, Percy Boudreaux Jr.
15:00 - The marriage of Cajun music and food
15:10 - The movie the Big Easy and the influence it had on the culture
18:00 - What draws people to South Louisiana music
19:10 - Being punished for speaking French when Floyd was growing up
19:50 - Musicians who have recorded or are recording with him
-Lawrence Walker, Aldus Roger, Austin Pitre, Adam Hebert, Balfa Brothers, Pierre Daigle, Paul Daigle, Belton Richard
22:30 - More about Belton Richard and his upcoming album
24:30 - Terry Huval, Reggie Matte, Jambalaya, Tasso, Mamou Prairie Band, Basin Brothers, Balfa Toujours
26:00 - Marketing, Licensing, Distribution - Europe becoming a major market for South LA traditional music
26:30 - Zydeco music - Geno Delafose, Chris Ardoin, Rosie Ledet
29:00 - Rockin' Sidney - Recording "Toot Toot" and going about getting the rights and payments set up
30:00 - Rockin' Sidney purchasing a radio station in Lake Charles
31:30 - Leasing "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot" to Epic Records and John Fogerty's version
37:40 - Vinyl pressing plant burning down
40:20 - Reviving the print pressing plant, graphic design
42:00 - Floyd's Record Shop, Floyd's Wholesale Distributing
42:40 - How he goes from recording at record to putting out the finished product
45:00 - His wife and children getting involved in the business
49:00 - Floyd's recording studios - The Back Door, Promised Land, Balfa Brothers, Ronnie Cole
51:40 - Eddie Shuler
Hackberry Ramblers on NPR's World Cafe
Recorded in 1993
01:00 - Ron Levy - 'Gimme a Break'
06:20 - Johnny Cash and Chris Novaselic - 'Time of the Preacher'
10:02 - The Blasters - 'Border Radio'
12:40 - Wilson Pickett - 'Funky Broadway'
15:25 - 'La pointe aux pins'
16:00 - 'Hackberry Ramblers theme song'
17:30 - Band Introduction
18:50 - Talking about mixing Cajun and Western Swing music
19:30 - Introduction of electric guitar, R&B influence
20:10 - 'Cajun Boogie'
23:00 - Talking about how they ran their amplifier off of the car
25:20 - 'T'es petite est t'es mignon'
27:30 - Discussion about their day jobs
Interview by Ben Sandmel with Jude Taylor
Recorded in 1990
Ben Sandmel with Jude Taylor
00:30 - Started out by singing in the church Choir and then going out to dances
-Lil Buck, Guitar Gable, Paul Senegal
01:15 - Followed Clifton Chinier and sitting in with him
01:50 - Then he started following Buckwheat and worked with the band for a while
02:50 - His inspiration for wanting to play the accordion
03:45 - Within 3 months of learning the accordion, he knew a few songs
04:10 - Taught himself how to play - listening to records
04:45 - Influences - B.B. King, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Bland, Stevie Ray Vaughn
05:20 - His son learning to play drums
06:00 - Members of the band
07:30 - His view of what caused Zydeco music to come back and his definition of Zydeco music
Interviews of Morris Ledet by Ben Sandmel
Recorded in 1990
00:30 - How he began playing Zydeco music
00:58 - Other types of music he listen to
01:10 - Who he admires in music - Boozoo Chavis, Nathan Williams, John Delafose
01:30 - Surprised to see how much Zydeco music has come back in recent years
01:35 - Only plays diatonic accordion
01:45 - Band Members - Ray Johnson, Perry Guillory, Wilson Alexander
01:55 - Places they play
02:30 - What he'd like to tell "the world" about Zydeco music
Interviews of Robbie Mann by Ben Sandmel
00:30 - The band members switching instruments during a set
01:50 - Band members - Jeffery Broussard, Herbert Broussard, Shelton Broussard, Raymond Thomas, Kenneth Pierre August
04:00 - He played in the high school band at Paul Breaux High School
04:30 - Grew up partially in Lafayette
04:35 - Played some Jazz music in California with a group working with Etta James
05:30 - Played and learned from Rosco Chenier
06:40 - Formation of Zydeco Force
07:00 - Describes his Zydeco music as aggressive
09:00 - Zydeco Force's music getting to Europe
Hackberry Ramblers interviewed by Studs Trekel
Studs Trekel with the Hackberry Ramblers:
01:00 - Luderin Darbone and Edwin Duhon
-Founded in 1933, been together for 60 years
-Some families have been listening to them for 3 generations
02:30 - 'Hey La-bas' recorded in 1937
05:45 - Recording for Chris Strachwitz in 1963
07:00 - Started playing at the time when radios were just coming out
08:30 - Ordered a "Public Address System" to play through so they could be heard across the dance halls
11:00 - How Edwin and Luderin met and began playing together
12:30 - 'Une piastre ici, une piastre la-bas' - recorded in 1992 - written by Luderin Darbone
16:30 - Experiences as children speaking French
18:00 - Recording French songs for RCA Victor in New Orleans
20:30 - Used the model A engine to run the amplifier and the reaction of the people
22:45 - 'Queue de tortue'
26:00 - Began playing at the Silverstar as a way to make supplemental income
28:40 - Playing music has kept them healthy
31:50 - Dancing and Cajun music;
32:20 - Backing up Slim Whitman, Lefty Frizell
34:30 - 'Pipe Liner Blues' with Rodney Crowell
39:40 - Differences between Creole and Cajun Music
44:00 - Parents bought Luderin a fiddle at the age of about 10
46:00 - Other members of the band
48:10 - Theme Song
Interview of Katie Webster by Ben Sandmel
Recorded circa 1990
Ben Sandmel with Katie Webster:
01:20 - How playing the European circuit came about
03:00 - Traveling/playing with Otis Redding and his interest in her
-Her name was never on Otis' recordings because she was under contract with J.D. Miller
05:25 - Other records she played on - Sea of Love, Mathilda
07:00 - Eddie Shuler, Trials she encountered in trying to record and prove herself
09:20 - Moved to San Francisco to take care of her parents in the late 1970's
10:00 - Her Father hid letters from Norbit Best from her until the time of his death
13:00 - After her fathers death - Touring Europe
15:00 - Alligator Records
21:00 - Differences between recording and performing live 9
23:00 - Traveling to Europe, Japan, Australia
25:40 - Being homesick, Her second husband Earl Webster taught her a lot about playing music
27:00 - Played on a few country songs - "Love is the Answer"
-Tammy Wynette, Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo recordings
28:30 - Uses her own musicians for recordings
31:20 - What her children went through while she