Road Trip Music in Louisiana
Christine Balfa, her husband Dirk Powell, her cousin Courtney Grainger, and their friend Kevin Wimmer carry forward Christine’ s family tradition in their music. Christine’s dad, Dewey Balfa is considered one of the giants of traditional Cajun music. In their own music, Christine and her band respect and share that, and mix in their own strengths to this music which often combines old French language and new country rhythms. A good place to experience the best of what they are up to in their band, which is called Balfa Toujours, is on the album Deux Voyages
Marcia Ball was born just about on the border between Texas and Louisiana, which is a fitting description of where her music has taken her as well. Piano and voice are her chosen instruments. With them she creates a mix of country, blues, rock, and Louisiana and Texas which is all Americana, at times tender, at time raucous, and always interesting. An album that’s an especially good showcase of the quiet and lively sides of her work is Blue House.
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This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels through Louisiana.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins