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Chris Ardoin

Chris Ardoin *photo courtesy of David Simpson A brief history… Chris Ardoin, the next generation of many Ardoin musicians, has his own unique sound that has dancers and music lovers craving him, packing Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas clubs, churches, dance halls, trailrides, and festivals. He blends the traditional Creole music with r&b, rock, jazz, …

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Boogie Kings

The Boogie Kings A brief history… Formed in Eunice, Louisiana in 1956 as three-piece garage band, the Boogie Kings lineup has included a number of talented musicians over its long existence. The first three members were Doug Ardoin (guitar), Harris Miller (guitar), and Bert Miller (drums). From its inception, the band was dedicated to playing …

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Sam Broussard

Sam Broussard *photo courtesy of David Simpson A brief history… Sam Broussard was signed to Capitol Records in 1971 as part of the adventurous acoustic quartet of Louisiana boys called Manchild. As a teenager he shared the stage with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and Dave Van Ronk. He went …

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Dewey Balfa

Dewey Balfa (1927-1992) A brief history… Dewey Balfa was born in 1927 in what is called Bayou Grand Louis, a rural area near Mamou, Louisiana. His father, Charles, was a sharecropper in Evangeline Parish and a fourth-generation fiddler who instilled a great love of Cajun music in his children. Although Balfa chose the fiddle as …

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Errol Verret

Errol Verret A brief history… Errol Verret played the accordion with the popular Cajun band Beausoleil for almost a decade before joining the Basin Brothers. Born and raised along the Atchafalaya River Basin, he is one of Louisiana’s most highly regarded accordionists. He is recognized for his unusually graceful and innovative accordion style, which combines …

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Al Berard

Al Berard (1960-2014) *photo courtesy of David Simpson A brief history… Grammy award nominee, Al Berard, was born in 1960 in Grand Anse, Louisiana, a town so small it is not even on most maps. He began playing music at the age of eleven, and by the time he was an adult, he was an …

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Harrison Fontenot

Harrison Fontenot HARRISON FONTENOT approached me in the early 60’s to record his Cajun songs and novelty record ideas. He was jamming with his Cajun musician buddies playing his Hohner accordion until he met Cajun music legend and accordion player, Sidney Brown. Sidney was building Cajun replicas of the old Sterling and Monarch German-made accordions …

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Junior Dugas

Junior Dugas “I’ve been a musician since the age of 12. At the age of 14 I had a band. I played piano and sang. My little brother, Ricky Dugas played guitar, Brad Guilbeau played drums and Michael Meche played bass. We were the Acadiana Rascals. We were All 12-14 years old. We played in …

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