Tag: Louisiana

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, 27 January, 2019

On 27 January each year, the world commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated six million Jews, five million Slavs, three million ethnic Poles, 200,000 Romani, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people and 9,000 homosexuals by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators.

“When Hitler started out, he took the Jews from their homes
Hitler started out, he took the Jews from their homes
That’s one thing Mr. Hitler you know you done wrong.

We’re gonna tear Hitler down
We’re gonna tear Hitler down
We’re gonna tear Hitler down someday.
We’re gonna bring him to the ground
We’re gonna bring him to the ground
We’re gonna bring him to the ground someday.

You ain’t no iron, you ain’t no solid rock
You ain’t no iron, you ain’t no solid rock
But we American people say ‘Mr. Hitler you is got to stop!'”

Huddie William Ledbetter (Leadbelly) was born on 20 January in 1888, in Louisiana. He was in and out of jail starting in his teens, for owning a gun, for killing a relative. John and Alan Lomax discovered him in prison in the early 1930s and they put some of his songs on tape. Freedom and fame followed. Born on a plantation, Leadbelly ended up touring the world and bringing blues music to a new generation.


Lucinda Williams at 60

Saturday, 26 January, 2013 0 Comments

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the great Lucinda Williams summed of the joy and the sorrow of life in Copenhagen: “Thundering news hits me like a snowball / I’m 57 but I could be seven years old / Cause I will be able to comprehend the expansiveness of what I’ve just learned.” That was three years ago. Lucinda Williams is 60 today.


Le Swing Cajun avec Hadley Castille

Saturday, 12 May, 2012

That colossus of Cajun fiddle playing, Hadley Castille of Opelousas, Louisiana, wrote Le Swing Cajun and he performs it in Lafayette in style with his grand-daughter Sarah Jayde Williams and the members of the band L’Angelus.


Bon anniversaire D. L. Menard!

Saturday, 14 April, 2012

Doris Leon “D. L.” Menard was born on 14 April 1932 in Erath, Louisiana. He started playing guitar at 16 and Hank Williams, whom he once met, became a huge influence on his music. Menard modeled La Porte En Arrière (“The Back Door”) on Williams’ Honky Tonk Blues, and it has been covered by dozens of Cajun bands and by artists such as Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Backed here by L’Angélus, Menard performs his most famous song in his native Erath. Bon anniversaire!