Two Cajuns and an old time stringband walk into a bar…
We are thrilled to welcome back the wonderfully spirited and talented Cajun Country Revival. This March they toured throughout Norway and Sweden, and earlier in May they toured in the UK. In June, they will perform at The Great Big Fais Do-Do in Portland, OR and then have only four shows in California, with SLO House Concerts being one of them!
Spanning generations from across the nation the Cajun Country Revival is a veritable supergroup of American roots musicians. Comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy along with Stephen “Sammy” Lind and Nadine Landry of the Foghorn Stringband, this group presents a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful. They have delighted audiences around the world celebrating rather than “performing” the music that brought them together: Cajun music and early Country music.
Joel Savoy, son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann Savoy and founder of the Louisiana based label Valcour Records, is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee. Joel is also a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award. Having grown up literally at the feet of the Cajun greats, he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive. He has worked and played with the best of the best in South Louisiana as well as folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett.
Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family’s much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, “crying” vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music and singing Cajun French songs for over 35 years performing with a variety of well-known musicians in various Louisiana and southeast Texas dancehalls. He is a winner of numerous CFMA awards including Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 1998, he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.
Completing the revival are Foghorn Stringband members Stephen “Sammy” Lind (MN) on fiddle and guitar, and Nadine Landry (Québec) on vocals and bass. Credited for igniting the Old-Time Renaissance in the Pacific Northwest, the Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With their 8th album, Devil in the Seat, getting rave reviews, thousands of shows, and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise that Foghorn “has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination,” as proclaimed by Stuart Mason, in his trad music blog Fiddlefreak. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold. Instead, Foghorn has been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.
House Concert Details
SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.
7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.
Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.