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         Adam Hebert

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Wearing the festival t-shirt imprinted with his image, Adam Hebert is shown in the top photo on Sept. 21, 2003, at Festival de Musique Acadienne in Lafayette while he was performing with Balfa Toujours. In the other photos, he was on stage Sept. 20 with The Jambalaya Cajun Band. A giant painting of him was displayed on one side of the stage. He seated himself underneath it while he was warming up his fiddle. He is also shown there talking to Barry Ancelet

In the bottom photo, Adam Hebert is shown performing Sept. 20 with La Bande Feufollet with Chris Stafford on guitar and Chris Segura on fiddle.

The 2003 Festival de Musique Acadienne at Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette was dedicated to Adam Hebert, a tribute that recognized a truly gifted song writer whose music is at the center of the traditional Cajun repertoire. "Pour la dernière fois," "J'aimerais connnaître," "La valse de ma chérie" (included in Charles Bronson's 1975 movie Hard Times), "Ouvre la porte," and "Cette-là moi j'aime est comme un 'tit oiseau" are among the 58 songs composed by Adam Hebert.

Born in 1923 near Church Point, he constructed his first fiddle when he was a child out of a chocolate box and screen wire. According to Ann Savoy in her liner notes to Swallow Records' CD The Essential Adam Hebert Music Collection, Hebert progressed to a cigar box fiddle and eventually to a fiddle ordered by his father from a Montgomery Wards catalog. At age 13, he and a friend began playing house dances, charging 10 cents per male, women admitted free. As a young man, he joined with Alphee Bergeron on accordion and others to form The Veteran Playboys (Alphee's son, Shirley, also became a member), a popular group after World War II. In the mid-1950s, Hebert formed a group known as The Country Playboys, which recorded 12 singles for Swallow Records during the 1960s. Among the members were Claby Richard (Belton's father) on accordion and Dick Richard on steel guitar.

The CD, which includes three songs that were never before released, draws from an album, The Best of Adam Hebert: Cajun Music of the '60s, released by Swallow in 1987.

In recent years, back problems have made it difficult for Hebert to perform, but during the 2003 festival he was in great form, both on fiddle and with his old-style vocals.  As he told Ann Savoy, "Some musicians just count from their mouth when they sing, they just speak. I approach my music not from my mouth. It comes straight from my heart."


The CFMA Chapitre de Lafayette honored Adam Hebert March 17, 2007, at Acadian Village in Lafayette. Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and the Pine Leaf Boys performed, and then Hebert was honored at a ceremony that included presentation of a plaque listing all of the members of the Veteran Playboys and the Country Playboys:

Doris Abshire, Wilbert Abshire, Merlin Alleman, Harry Lee Bart, Alphee Bergeron, Shirley Bergeron, Linnes Bertrand, Felton Carriere, Ernest Castille, Harold Castille, Jim Gaspard, Camille Comeaux, Jr., Pavy Cormier, Woodrow Daigle, Louis Foreman, Gerald Forestier, Wilfred Labbe, Raymond Lafleur, Wallace Lafleur, Clarence Martin Jr., Amette Matte, Bill Matte, Reggie Matte, Joseph “Red” Meche, Nathan Menard, John Miller, Dieu Donne Montoucet, Beldin Pellerin, Cleby Richard, Dick Richard, Ernest Richard, Ernest “Bee” Venable.


Posted 12-29-03

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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