Note: The information on this page was current as of
2004. In 2008, Joe Simon and the Louisiana Cajuns were still performing
regularly at venues like D.I.'s Cajun Restaurant.
Joe Simon and the Louisiana Cajuns are a traditional
Cajun dance band that performs regularly in restaurants, dance halls,
and other venues across Southwest Louisiana and in East Texas.
Simon began his musical career playing guitar then switched to drums,
but his popularity derives from his great traditional Cajun vocals.
The band's first CD, Just an Image, released in
1999 on Lanor Records, included three original songs, among them "Rêve
d'une Image." Lanor also released the 2002 CD, La Musique des Cajuns
Pour Tout le Monde, which offers 15 classic Cajuns songs, including "Ossun
Two-Step," "La Chère Chérie," "La Valse de Samedi Soir," "Grand Mamou,"
"Amédé Two-Step," "Ti-Monde," "J'étais au Bal Hier au Soir," "Chère
Tout-Toute," "Lake Charles Playboys Waltz," "Jongle
à Moi," "Marie," "Balfa
Waltz," "Quand J'étais Pauvre," "Anniversary Waltz," and "La Valse
de Quatre-vingt-dix-neuf Ans."
In addition to Simon, bass player J.U. Fruge
handles some of the vocals. Other band members are William LaBouve on
accordion; Ernest Potier on rhythm guitar; and Lymon Veronie on fiddle.
The group also released another CD on the Lanor
Pure Cajun Music.
For more information about Joe Simon and the
Louisiana Cajuns, contact (337) 583-7511.
Note: Another Cajun vocalist named
Joe Simon performs frequently with Jamie Berzas and with Tony