Southwestern Louisiana

Lonely Days And Lonely Nights

Allan, Johnie -Audio -Lonely Days And Lonely Nights

Johnnie Allan performing his 1958 Swamp Pop classic "Lonely Day And Lonely Nights". Listen »

South To Louisiana

Allan, Johnnie -Audio -South To Louisiana

Johnnie Allan performing his Swamp Pop classic "South To Louisiana", which is an adaptation of Johnny Horton's "North To Alaska". Listen »

Quoi Faire

Ardoin, Alphonse “Bois-Sec” - Musical Recording - “Quoi Faire”

A Creole tune sung by Alphonse "Bois-Sec" Ardoin from French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bruneau's 1974 classic Dedans le sud de la Louisiane. Listen »

La Valse des Chantiers Pétrolipères

Ardoin, Amédé - Audio - La Valse des Chantiers petroliperes

Amédé Ardoin recorded La Valse des Chantiers Petroliperes between 1929 & 1934. Listen »

Les Blues de la Prison

Ardoin, Amédé - Musical Recording - “Les Blues de la Prison”

Amédé Ardoin recorded Les Blues de la Prison between 1929 & 1934. Listen »

J'ai Ete Au Bal

Balfa, Dewey -Musical Recording -J'ai Ete Au Bal

Dewey Balfa and his brothers perform this spirited Cajun classic about going to the dance last night, tonight, and, if possible, tomorrow night. The song was recorded in Basile during the early seventies, as part of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bruneau's documentary classic "Dedans Le Sud De La Louisiane." Listen »

Tit Galop Pour Mamou

Balfa, Dewey -Musical Recording -Tit Galop Pour Mamou

Dewey Balfa and his brothers perform this ditty about a man who sold his mule for fifteen cents to buy some red candy for the kids, as well as some sugar and coffee for the old folks. The song was recorded in Basile during the early seventies, as part of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bruneau's documentary classic "Dedans Le Sud De La Louisiane." Listen »

Une Livre De Tabac

Balfa, Dewey -Musical Recording -Une Livre De Tabac

Fiddlers and vocalist Dewey Balfa performs this haunting song about tobacco, courtship and a horse named "Prince."He is accompanied by his brothers Will on fiddle as well, and Rodney, on guitar. The song was recorded in Basile during the early seventies, as part of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bruneau's documentary classic "Dedans Le Sud De La Louisiane." Listen »

Chanson d'Acadie

Beausoleil - Musical Recording - “Chanson d'Acadie”

A live version of Beausoleil's Chanson d'Acadie, a song about leaving Acadie for Louisiana. The song originally appeared on the band's 1984 release Parlez Nous A Boire. Listen »

Flammes d'Enfer

Beausoleil - Musical Recording - “Flammes d'Enfer”

A live version of Flammes d'Enfer, a traditional Cajun song about the flames of hell. The song first appeared on the band's 1989 release Bayou Cadillac. Listen »

L'ouragon

Beausoleil - Musical Recording - “L'ouragon”

A live version of Beausoleil's L'ouragon, a song about hurricanes. The song originally appeared on the band's 1993 release La Danse de la Vie. Listen »

Newz Reel

Beausoleil - Musical Recording - “Newz Reel”

A live version of Beausoleil's Newz Reel, a song written for Lafayette's ABC affiliate. The song originally appeared on the band's 1997 Grammy-winning ( Best Traditional Folk Album release L'amour ou la Folie. Listen »

Travailler c'est trop dur

Beausoleil - Musical Recording - “Travailler C'est Trop Dur”

This version of "Travailler c'est trop dur" can be found on Beausoleil's Les Amis Cadjins released on the French-Canadian label "Modulation", in 1980. Listen »

Z'haricots gris-gris

Beausoleil - Musical Recording - “Z'haricots Gris-Gris”

A Beausoleil song based on a Canray Fontenot melody and written by bandleader Michael Doucet, . This version of the song was released in 1980, on the French-Canadian label Modulation. Listen »

This Should Go On Forever

Bernard, Rod -Audio -This Should Go On Forever

Bernard Jolivette (aka King Karl), a black Creole swamp pop musician, wrote this song in 1958 with Crowley record producer J. D. Miller. Jolivette hoped to release the song on the Excello label of Nashville, but was turned down. In the meantime, Rod Bernard heard Karl's band perform the song at the local Moonlight Inn nightclub. When Bernard learned that Excello would not release the song, he asked Karl if he could record it for the Jin label, in Ville Platte, Louisiana. Later, Bernard's version became a regional hit in south Louisiana and east Texas. Subsequently, it was licensed to the Argo label of Chicago, and rose to the top of the U.S. national charts in 1959. Listen »

Le Blues du Petit Chien

Breaux, Amedee & Clifford - Musical Recording - “Le Blues du Petit Chien”

Le Blues du Petit Chien ("The Little Dog's blues), the Amedee & Clifford Breaux song that inspired Nathan Abshire's classic "Pine Grove Blues". Listen »

Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 1

Brown, Clarence Gatemouth -Oral History and Musical Recording -Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 1

Clarence Gatemouth Brown discusses his early life and the beginnings of his career. The interview is followed by an excerpt of Mr. Brown's 1951 instrumental "Okie Dokie Stomp", which was released on Peacock Records. Listen »

Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 2

Brown, Clarence Gatemouth -Oral History and Musical Recording -Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 2

Clarence Gatemouth Brown discusses the first time he performed in front of a crowd of 600 people when he replaced guitarist T-Bone Walker who had fallen ill. The interview is followed by an excerpt of Mr. Brown performing "Dirty Work At The Crossroads". Listen »

Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 3

Brown, Clarence Gatemouth -Oral History and Musical Recording -Allison Miner Interview With Gatemouth Brown 3

Clarence Gatemouth Brown discusses going solo in 1959 and his many travels across the world as a musical goodwill ambassador. The interview is followed by an excerpt of Mr. Brown's song "For Now So Long". Listen »

Ay Tete Fee

Chenier, Clifton - Musical Recording - “Ay Tete Fee”

Clifton Chenier recorded Ay Tete Fee in the mid-1950s. Listen »