Old and Young Old and Young    |   By Emile Waagenaar
  When Milton Vanicor, 90 years old in this picture, was still a child, his father made this 1-string fiddle for him. It only sounded good if it was a ‘Prince Albert’ cigar box. His wife Odile used to arrange the financial agreements for the bands Milton played in, among others The Lacassine Playboys with […]
October 10, 2019



See You Later, Alligator! See You Later, Alligator!    |   By Emile Waagenaar
  Shelton Manual was blind. Long ago he was blinded by a bullet during the hunt. So he could not see what his room looked like. He had a housekeeper who benefited from it and had taken half the interior of his house. Shelton’s neighbor welcomed us warmly and showed us to the living room. […]
October 8, 2019



Eddie, Eddie, Ervin, Rodney and Doris Leon Eddie, Eddie, Ervin, Rodney and Doris Leon    |   By Emile Waagenaar
  I also visited several small but world-famous sound studios such as Eddie Shuler’ s Goldband Records in Lake Charles, not far from the Texan border. A small dark recording studio where in 1959 Eddie recorded the first single by Dolly Parton, then 13 years old, called ‘ Puppy Love’ . But also in the […]
October 3, 2019



Cajun Musicians At Home Cajun Musicians At Home    |   By Emile Waagenaar
  In those first years I traveled from here to there, on roads like the LA 82, passing the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge near Grand Chenier. No idea where I would end up. But the more musicians I got to know, who all referred me to other musicians, the more I got the idea that […]
October 1, 2019



A Warm and Humid Evening in Louisiana, 1982 A Warm and Humid Evening in Louisiana, 1982    |   by Emile Waagenaar
  On a warm and humid evening in May 1982 I got off the Greyhound bus in Lafayette. I found myself standing at the crossroads of another culture, across from the Grant Street Dance Hall. I went into a bar where a band was playing, they told me it was Zydeco. Good music, but not […]
September 26, 2019



Cajun Origins in Acadie Cajun Origins in Acadie    |   by Emile Waagenaar
  The Cajuns trace their history back to French people who left their homes in the 1600’s and ventured to Acadie (today’s Nova Scotia, Canada). Among these migrants were carpenters, notaries, even prostitutes. Later, many French farmers and fishermen also moved there. This is a passenger registration list from 1636, from the Archives Départementales de […]
September 24, 2019



How I Discovered Cajun Music How I Discovered Cajun Music    |   By Emile Waagenaar
This is the first of a series of blogs for the John Adams by the Dutch photographer Emile Waagenaar, author of the book ‘Arrête pas la musique! – Portraits of South Louisiana’ for which he photographed Cajun musicians at home. The blog will appear biweekly on our website.  It all started in 1979. On the […]
September 18, 2019