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Re: Re: Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

Right on Sarah. There are so many great artists that sing with conviction -- that's really important. But that is different than some artist that think they can sing and continue to record CDs. Some of these artist do improve over time -- or perhaps technology has given them a boost through the amazing world of digital plug-ins.

Too often, I see accordion players who automatically assume they must be the lead vocalist. That doesn't always work out. Never heard Jimmy Breaux sing, but from a technical standpoint he's tops on my list -- perhaps not singing allows him to focus on playing.


a good holler and a good ending!

Just being silly a little bit, but I really like a good holler and a good ending. A piercing cry like Amede Breaux, Octa Clark, and Joe Falcon at a point of high drama and tension really goes over well. I've heard crowds CHEER Octa Clark when he did that. And I like enthusiastic endings: Joe Falcon's "Hold that Tiger!", Don Montoucet's "Right On, Pecan!" Hubert Maitre's "Met les blocks, Adam!," Bois Sec's "Yes Yes," or Cory McCauley's "Yeah, I love what you do for me!"

Re: a good holler and a good ending!

Nuttin silly about the appreciation of a good holler. The Balfa's and Iry to me always had a perfectly placed yell, icing on the cake.

Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

Many bands/players/singers are so very good that there is a little difference between their playing technical spoken. It's allways a matter of personal taste and what the music is doing with us.
I am a big fan of two dobro players for years.
Jerry Douglas and Mike Auldridge.
In the seventies I prefer Mike, because he didn't play a note to much and every note was on his place.
That litlle things makes if you like one or the other.
It's just a feeling.


To me, it's passion!

I love watching the Pine Leaf Boys with their rebellious/bad boys/rock the boat attitude, their yelling, their energetic & creative sound;

I love watching the Mamou Playboys for their tight sound, their creativity, their fantastic technical abilities and their obvious complicity;

I definitely get the frisson factor every time I listen the Ledet sisters singing Grand Mamou & Tit yeux bleux on Jude Moreau's CD;

I admire the Savoy family for the exceptional contribution they have made to the promotion of Cajun culture & music (the family band, sharing knowledge of accordion building techniques, publishing books, facilitating jams to foster group learning and spread the culture, etc.). I always smile when I listen to some of their CDs and hear Ann or Marc greeting some individuals as they walk in the room, and dedicating songs to specific people in the room. Watching Marc Play (or listening to a CD)is like.... Wow!

I also admire bands and artist who contribute to the preservation and promotion of French through their songs.

So I guess the common denominateur is..... PASSION and the LOVE of what they do.

Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

I base my favorites of the style of playing. My favorites are Ray Abshire and Jo-El Sonnier.

Re: Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

Jo-el is a name that doesnt come up too often, but I agree with you, he is definately at the top of my list, good frisson factor.

Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

My favorite band actively playing are the Pine Leaf Boys because:

--They are passionate, not only about the music but the culture, heritage and history behind it all.

--They are all nice, humble, down to earth guys (well maybe "down to earth" is not the best discription for Jean Bertrand )

--They are young energetic and Wilson is freaking hilarious!

--Multicultural, there are not many creole fiddlers around, but the Pine Leaf Boys have one of the very best in Cedric Watson, which adds a wonderful dimension to their music.

--They are authentic and knowlegable. I love how Wilson will ask trivia questions and give brief history lessons inbetween songs.

--They get the crowd involved, they will ask you to come on stage with them during Zydeco Gris Gris, and if you can play an/or sing Wilson will be more than happy to share the stage with you.

--Each member of the band (maybe with the execption of Jean Bertrand) can play multiple instuments and play them VERY well. And 3 of the 5 members have excellent authentic singing voices.


Re: Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

Someone has an issue with Jean Bertrand

Re: Re: Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

no lie!!! by the way it's spelled JON Bertrand

Re: What makes your favorite band/artist your "favorite?"

No, I think you guys have me all wrong. I think "Jon" is a great guy from the few times I have met him. I was just poking fun in a friendly kinda of way. Please keep in mind that when I posted this it was only a few days after seeing a Pine Leaf show where Jon was wearing a toga made out of something like a table cloth, lol...

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