While Trahan was still a teenager
born in 1976), Cajun music fans recognized in his soulful, plaintive voice
clear echoes of the legendary Cajun musician Iry LeJeune. Anyone who
listens to Trahan's first album, Ossun Blues (1996), is likely to
be incredulous that a young man could bring such depth of feeling to songs
like LeJeune's "Viens Me Chercher," Nathan Abshire's "Blues
Francais," or Dewey Balfa's "La Valse du Bambocheur." Even
more remarkable is Trahan's ability to compose his own songs like "Amitie
Casser" that draw on the same basic human feelings of sorrow
According to Barry Ancelet in his liner
notes to Ossun Blues, Trahan's first public performance occurred
after a staff member at the Liberty Theater in Eunice heard him performing
at the afternoon jam session held next door at the Jean Lafitte Acadian
Culture Center. During the evening show, she persuaded Ancelet to ask
Trahan to come on stage to play one song. His performance of "Viens
me chercher" brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience, who
gave him a standing ovation. Trahan learned to play accordion from his
father's first cousin, Felix Richard, who a couple of decades earlier had
taught Zachary Richard to play.
Ossun Blues, which was released by
Swallow Records, includes lyrics in French and English.
Accompanying Trahan on the album on various songs are D.L. Menard, Terry
Huval, Stacey Huval, Christine Balfa, Nelda Balfa, Kevin Wimmer, and Dirk
Powell. Ossun, where Horace Trahan was raised, is a small town near
Lafayette. According to Ancelet, Trahan's father, Helaire, "was
the son of Helaire Trahan, whose sisters were Joe Falcon's "filles à
noncle Helaire" (Horace Trahan performs that song on the CD).
All photographs by the LSUE
Office of Public Relations.
Updated July 2001.
Article taken from:
Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Music Home Page.