About

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I spend my spare time writing about early Cajun music from the perspective of the early recording history and the impact it created on modern musicians.  

Raised in a Cajun music family, my father Randy spent over 45 years building Cajun accordions and I've played Cajun music since childhood.  Outside of my career as an electrical engineer, I'm a husband and father of four.  Most of my creative time is focused on documenting the history of early commercial Cajun music industry.   This has led to several projects including the biography of Joe Falcon, Cleoma Breaux and the Breaux Brothers, the biography and music career of Leroy "Happy Fats" Leblanc, and the Encyclopedia of Commercial Cajun & Creole Recordings: The 78 RPM Era.   I create content for the "Early Cajun Music" blog and have published several articles about various topics on Louisiana history.

*UPCOMING* Books

Film and Television

  • "La huella isleña: Joe Falcon", TelevisionCanaria, Lafayette, June 2017

  • "Isleños, a Root of America", La Gaveta Producciones, Lafayette, January 2017

  • "PBS's American Epic: Out of the Many, the One", Southern Screen Film Festival, Lafayette, November 2016

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Presentations

  • "L'eau Haute: The Role of Water in Early Commercially Recorded Cajun Music", Louisiana Folklore Society 64th Annual Meeting, Breaux Bridge, April 2022.

  • "Happy Fats: RCA's Cajun Hillbilly Star", Association For Recorded Sound Collections, May 2021

  • "Jolie Blonde and Women In Early Cajun Music", Festival Acadiens et Creoles, Lafayette, October 2019

  • "Ancestry and Musical Legacy of Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux", Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, April 2019

  • "The Falcons & The Breauxs with Dr. Barry Ancelet", Festival Acadiens et Creoles, Lafayette, October 2017

  • "Ancestry and Musical Legacy of Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux", Pointe de l'Eglise : Acadia Genealogical & Historical Society, Crowley, May 2016

Articles

  • "The Music In His Soul: Howard Miers", Jennings Daily News, August 2021

  • "Crowley Native Newest Member Of CFMA Hall Of Fame: Papa Cairo", Crowley Post-Signal, August 2019

  • "Breaux Bridge At Center Of 90-Year-Old-Cajun Music Mystery: Guidry Brothers", Teche News, April 2019

  • "'Allons A Lafayette': How A Husband-And-Wife Duo Changed Music With One Recording", Herman Fuselier, Daily Advertiser, March 2016

Other Louisiana History

  • "The Domingues of Louisiana", Lafayette Genealogical Society, presentation, January 2022

  • "The Raynes, The McCombs, And The Louisiana Western Railroad", Rayne Tribune, article, January 2022

  • "Casa De Falcon: Falcons of Louisiana", Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, June 2012