Spring Fever: The Savoy Doucet Cajun Band


My maternal grandpa was a gandy dancer who always loved the train songs.  When Porter and I would visit him in Lincoln, Nebraska every 4th of July for the Holmes Lake fireworks, a soundtrack of Boxcar Willie, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams always seemed to stream out of the record player. We'd all sing along like tone deaf fools.  One of the last times I saw my mom before she died six years ago, Porter, my aunt and I crowded around her and played another train song, Arlo Guthrie's City of New Orleans, and belted out noises that could destroy ears.  But damn, was it fun. Even my sweet sick mom was laughing and wailing away.  The Cajun people like to engage in similar acts, but with far greater style and exponentially more talent. The Savoy Doucet Cajun Band sings in cajun patois and plays in the old '20s and '30s fais do do dance party tradition of the Breaux family and Joseph Falcon.  This clip, from the 1988 British documentary "Aly Meets the Cajuns," (Aly is Aly Bain, the famous Shetland fiddler), lets you hear the wonderful voices of Ann and Mark Savoy (he makes his own accordions) and Michael Doucet, the fiddler. If this doesn't get you excited for springtime bar-bq's, I don't know what will. (Be sure to listen to this one as well, featuring DL Menard, Dewey Balfa and Aly Bain playing "I Passed by Your Door," a tune Cleoma Breaux sang as "Mon Coeur T'appelle" (My Heart is Calling You)).

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