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.
I base my favorites of the style of playing. My favorites are Ray Abshire and Jo-El Sonnier.
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.
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.
--THEY FREAKIN ROCK!!!
Someone has an issue with Jean Bertrand
no lie!!! by the way it's spelled JON Bertrand
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...