Note: Cajun Express is no longer
performing (there is a Texas band with the same name that was
active when this page was finalized in 2008).
Cajun Express is an
Evangeline Parish band that features David Fontenot on accordion
and vocals and Waven Boone on fiddle and vocals. Their first CD,
La Couleur de Notre Sang, contains six new songs by Waven
Boone and another new song by David Fontenot, plus a new
Fontenot's fast-stepping "Gro John"
describes a visit by Big John from Alexandria, who likes to cook
in a black pot for himself and his friends.
Waven Boone is best known as a prolific
artist whose work captures the spirit of the French culture of
Evangeline Parish and Southwest Louisiana, from scenic views of
bayous to portraits of musicians. He has designed more than
3,000 festival posters and completed more than 11,000 original
etchings. He also happens to be an excellent guitarist and song
writer. The lyrics of songs like "Pour ça t'as fait" and "Les
promesses tu ma fais" center on the familiar themes in Cajun
music of abandonment and regret. "Chère
Avie" is about the pain of leaving and separation during war.
"Notre marriage" is an affirmation of a life-long commitment to
love and togetherness.
"Le Bord de la Rivère" evokes memories of
the past, ending with a tribute to the music of the Balfa
Brothers and Will's "Valse de Balfa."
The title song, "La Couleur de Notre
Sang," was inspired by Le Grand Dérangement,
when the British Redcoats burned the homes of the Acadians and
forced them into exile.
The CD has 13 cuts, including covers of
songs like Eddie LeJeune's "Eh Mom Mom" and "Your Turn to Cry"
and Nathan Abshire's "Choupique Two-Step."
Guests artists on the CD include Hadley J.
Castille, Scott Ardoin and several members of Les Amis de la
Louisiane: Layton Thibodeaux, Karl Deshotel, and Kurt
Daigle. The CD was released by Acadiana Records.
According to the liner notes, David
Fontenot can be contacted at 337-363-6202 or 337-224-1107, and
Waven Boone can be reached at 337-360-0222.
Pictured in the left column at a
performance in the Liberty Theater are David Fontenot on
accordion, Waven Boone on guitar, and Brigit Murphy on fiddle.