Courtesy of Feufollet
On Monday, we told you the story of Amede Ardoin, the king of Cajun Zydeco music, who faded from public view in the 1930s after a severe beating at the hands of two white men. Ardoin's legacy lives on in the music of a new generation of young Cajun bands like the Pine Leaf Boys and Feufollet, a Grammy-nominated group from Lafayette, Louisiana. Performing entirely in French, Feufollet blends traditional Cajun music (think fiddles and accordions) with rock-and-roll influences; it's not your father's zydeco, in other words. I spoke with Feufollet's lead singer, Anna Laura Edmiston, about the Cajun dialect, mysterious swamp gases, and what it's like to write songs no one can understand.
Mother Jones: What's the latest song, good or bad, that super-glued itself in your brain?
Anna Laura Edmiston: "I was a landscape in your dream," by Of Montreal. Well, their version of it.
MJ: Three records that you never get sick of listening to?
ALE: Graceland by Paul Simon; Traveling Wilburys' Vol. 1; and Sunshine on Leith, by the Proclaimers.
MJ: If you could bring anyone back from the dead—or borrow them from a living band—for a big jam session, who would it be?
ALE: Oh my gosh. George Harrison. I think he's great. I love his music, and I know everyone else in the band does. Who doesn't like The Beatles? George has just always been my favorite, just because of his creative outlook on things and where he would take material. Plus, I just love his energy and his Zen-ness.
MJ: Anything you listen to but don't exactly like to publicize the fact?
ALE: I guess I like hip-hop. That's like the weirdest thing I listen to, compared to everything else.
MJ: Are there any Cajun rap groups?