Well, we made it through and to another year. I was lucky enough to have spent the holidays with my family in New Orleans where they live and work in the music business, so I’ll share with you some of my favorite NOLA/Louisiana music, past and present. I also got to explore the Cajun/Zydeco dancing capital of the world, Lafayette and Louisiana’s Blues central in Baton Rouge. I saw 7 bands in 4 days in Lafayette. My New Year’s resolutions included dancing more, so I started the New Year off right. Here’s to 2022, healthy and happy for us all! We lucked out with the weather there and several things were outside. Check out some of Louisiana’s best musicians:

(Some artists come this way, so be on the lookout)

Johnny Adams (The Tan Canary) – 1/5/32-9/14/98 (66)
Louis Armstrong (Satchmo, Satch, Pops) – 8/4/01-7/6/71 (69)
Lynn August
Dave Bartholemew – 12/24/18-6/23/19 (100)
Bobby Charles – 2/21/38-1/14/10 (71)
Jeff Chaz
Ernie K-Doe (Ernest Kador Jr.) – 2/22/33-7/5/01 (68)
Fats Domino – 2/26/28-10/24/17 (89)
Dumpstaphunk (Comes this way)
Slim Harpo (James Moore) – 1/11/24-1/31/70 (46)
Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) – 11/20/41-6/6/19 (77)
Little Freddie King (A NOLA treasure)
Joe Krown (also plays with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the road)
Professor Longhair (‘Fess’) Henry Roeland Byrd – 12/18/18-1/30/80 (61)
Kenny Neal-Baton Rouge (Comes this way)
George Porter Jr. (Comes this way)
Jason Ricci (Comes this way)
Kermit Ruffins
Mem Shannon
Irma Thomas
Marva Wright (Marva Maria Williams) – 3/20/48-3/23/10 (62)

Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural Jr.) – 11/14/47-9/24/16 (68)
*Marc Broussard – Saw at the new Rock‘n’Bowl, Lafayette
*Chubby Carrier – Saw at Feed & Seed, Lafayette
CJ Chenier (Comes this way)
Clifton Chenier (The King of Zydeco) – 6/25//25-12/12/87 (62)
*Sheryl Cormier (The Cajun Queen) with Dave Greely – Saw in Breaux Bridge at Tante Marie’s
*Geno Delafonse – Saw at Buck & Johnny’s Zydeco Breakfast, Breaux Bridge
Rosie Ledet
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Comes this way)
*Pine Leaf Boys w Cedric Watson – Saw at the Hideaway, Lafayette (Comes this way)
*The Revelers, Saw at Feed & Seed, Lafayette
*Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys – Saw on New Year’s Eve at the Feed & Seed, Lafayette (Comes this way)

*Artists/Bands from Lafayette and surrounding area I saw while in LA Xmas ’21-New Years.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

~ Holly