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From the opening fiddle on "La Vie Marron" to the closing strains of "Boogaloo, " it is apparent you have entered the bayou country of Louisiana. This is Cajun music through and through, but this band puts a unique twist on the music with the addition of piano to the traditional mix of instruments and their own refreshing style, without losing any of the integrity of the Cajun tradition. It brings through on the disc all the sounds and smells of the back-in-the-woods, friendly neighborhood honky tonk. The band is tight and strong throughout, no matter what spins and whirls they take off on, and the disc contains no throwaways at all. Five of the eleven songs were written by the group; humorous highlights include "Fido Dixieland" and "Loup Garou Mange Pas Mes Enfants" ("werewolf don't eat my children"). Go out and get this one now.


Formed: 1983

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Southwest Louisiana's traditional Cajun music is played with exuberance and dance-inspiring energy by Filé. While accordion player/percussionist/lead vocalist Ward Lormand and bassist/acoustic guitarist/vocalist Kevin Shearin are the only original members, the group continues to maintain the high energy of its earliest performances. Lormand and Shearin first played together in the Cajun band Cush-Cush in 1980. Raised in his father's bar in the French-speaking Louisiana town of Ossun, on the prairie...
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