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Goldman Thibodeaux and
and the Lawtell Playboys
2007 CD: French Creole House Dance

High res photos of Goldman Thibodeaux now on Flickr

Goldman Thibodeaux on accordion and Steve Bing
on fiddle are shown at Nick's on 2nd in Eunice
during a pre-Mardi Gras jam session held
Feb. 25, 2007. Click on thumbnails above to access
larger photos.

The two thumbnails above show Goldman Thibodeaux
along with Zydeco Joe Citizen on rubboard
playing at the annual festival of the Acadiana Charter
Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association
May 26, 2007, in Eunice as guest musicians of Geno
Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie.

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Goldman Thibodeaux.

Goldman Thibodeaux’s third CD, released in early 2007 on Louisiana Radio Records, is titled “French Creole House Dance.” It’s just what the title says: real old style la-la consisting of 22 cuts that will warm your heart and fill your soul with joy. Beginning with his tribute to the good times and good music at Roy Carrier’s Offshore Lounge in Lawtell, Mr. Goldman captures the spirit of Creole life in songs that often tell of sorrow and pain, aching loss and regret, conveyed through Mr. Goldman’s voice with a tenderness that consoles and offers hope and the promise of faith and friendship that will prevail over life’s troubles.  “Valse de Mes Amis,” his last song on the CD, is a very personal expression of heartfelt gratitude to God, who hears our prayers and takes care of us, blessing us with family and friends. The opening lyrics in the song pay tribute to Joel Savoy, who recorded the CD at his Savoy-Faire Studio, capturing the acoustic performance with everything nicely in balance.

Many of the melodies are familiar, but on this CD you get to hear the essence of the music, the beauty of Goldman Thibodeaux’s voice and accordion twinned with Steve Bing’s fiddle playing in unison or improvising underneath, carried along by the simple rhythm of the washboard, triangle or spoons played by Steve’s wife, Donna, who even dances on a footboard.  Steve Bing also does a nice job singing several songs, and he plays accordion on a couple of numbers (including his own “Valse de Jardin). Bing’s Creole fiddling is featured on numbers like “Blues de Serpent” (Bébé Carrière’s “Blue Runner”).

Among the other songs: “Opelousas Two-Step,” “Dimanche après midi Grand Marais,” “Chameaux One-Step,” “Oh Bye, Bye,” “Blues de Amédé,” “Quoi faire,” “Donnez moi la Mr. Leroy,” “Valse de ma vie.”

In his liner notes, Jiro “Jireaux” Hatano offers a brief profile of Goldman Thibodeaux’s character: “Goldman … has a great talent for making people feel happy. He has just a few simple suggestions to his friends, which he lives by, ‘Do the right things,' 'Don’t harm people,’ ‘Love people,’ ‘Be yourself,’ ‘Don’t look down on people,’ and ‘Be a nice person.’”  Goldman Thibodeaux’s outlook on life is readily apparent to everyone who meets him. The truths he lives by are simple but profound, and his music is at one with the man playing it.

 The CD was released on Louisiana Records, P. O. Box 3232, Lafayette, LA 70502. It is also available through on-line stores like Floyd's Records.

Posted 5-23-07

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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