Archive Files of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Musicians
Posted between 1999 and 2008

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Geno Delafose
at Festival International

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Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie kicked off their performance at Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette at 7:15 p.m. April 26, 2003, precisely on schedule.

During the performance, Geno featured many of the songs on his just-released, long-awaited CD, Everybody's Dancin', put out by Times Square Records. It's what we've all been wanting: a mixture of traditional French songs, a few covers of more recent songs in English, and some original songs as well.

The CD opens with the title track, "Everybody's Dancin'"and "Zydeco with Geno," both original songs. There are 16 cuts in total–all of them filled with  the joy, energy, and vitality that you can readily see in Geno's smile.

Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil plays fiddle on "Port Arthur Blues," on Nathan Abshire's "Belizaire Waltz" (Geno plays it once and then does a second version in high gear Zydeco), and on "Les Flammes d'Enfer."  Geno's blend of Creole,  Zydeco, and Cajun traditions   transports these traditional songs into a new dimension.  Other French numbers include Adam Hebert's "Pointe aux Pins," Geno's own "Allez Voir Ma Tit Fille" and "Canaille," plus a rollicking "He-Haw Breakdown" and Geno's accordion arrangement of "Bluerunner."

He also performs "Gotta Find My Woman," a song by his late father, John Delafose; Rockin' Sidney's "Good Time Woman"; David Ball's "What Do You Want with His Love?" (Geno says that he listens to a lot of country music); "Can I Change My Mind" (recorded by Tyrone Davis), and Sam Cooke's "What A Wonderful World."

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Shown at Festival International are Kent August on guitar, Wilfred "Caveman" Pierre on rubboard, John "Popp" Esprite on bass, and Andrew Fontenot (Geno's nephew) on second rubboard. Jude "Curley" Taylor Jr. is in back on drums. Lee Tedrow (who was in the audience at the festival) played guitar on the CD.


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Geno at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Mallet

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Geno's new CD is titled "Everybody's Dancin'," and that's exactly what happened during Geno's performance under the sycamore tree at the annual boucherie held at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Mallet May 17, 2003.  Curley Taylor is shown on drums.

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Festival International photos posted 4-28-03; St. Ann's photos posted 7-1-03
All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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