John Trahan | My Louisiana

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My Louisiana

by John Trahan

Incredible mix of traditional Cajun and Zydeco. These songs will have you tapping your foot one moment and quietly feeling the heartfelt stories the next. Many brand new songs that take you forward, and some standards that will take you back in time.
Genre: World: Zydeco
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1. Madame Boso
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2. My My Louisiana
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3. Pas Bon
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4. La Valse de Marier
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5. Indian Bayou Two Step
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6. All At Once
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7. Mean Woman
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8. The Queen of the Broken Heart
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9. Lena Mae
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10. Convict Waltz
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11. J'ai Fait Mon Idee
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12. I Saw the Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

The soul of an artist is in constant struggle between the visions of what has come before, where we are now, and where we
are going. Creativity does not come easy and inspiration is often the result of trial and effort. And then there is the
question, “Do we try to please the popular expectations or do we actively avoid the popularity quest to pursue our own
uncharted ingenuity?”

John has offered his response to these questions through his spirited music in this CD.

While away from his native Louisiana pursuing his ‘daytime’ career, John performed, arranged, and produced this wonderful
collection of music. As a result, some of the songs reflect the exiled view of living away from home, while others express the
hardships and joys of a Southwest Louisiana existence.

These tracks represent what Cajun music sounds like as presented by a native son who has returned home and invited
his neighbors in a celebration of who they are and to remember where they came from.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of John’s musical journey and I trust there will be many more instances to join him in
keeping French music alive in the Bayou State.

Michael Doucet | L’été 2010
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Years ago, I needed a Cajun accordion player for a show we had booked at the University of Nebraska because my regular
accordion/keyboard player was sick. David Rachou of La Louisianne Records suggested John Trahan. He showed up, fit right in with the rest of the band and played great. Since then, John has played many other shows with us including recording a live CD at Billy Bob’s Texas. Along the way we have become good friends. Both of us have a mutual respect and love for our roots in South Louisiana’s Cajun Music.

“My My Louisiana” was inspired, suggested and co-written with my hero, Jimmy C. Newman. Jimmy and I are thrilled that John picked our song to record along with the great songs he had already selected. The music is heartfelt and the whole album takes me back to a simpler time in the Louisiana I grew up in and love so much. John carries his music to the next generation with the love and passion of the true Cajun he is.

I know you’ll enjoy all John’s work and appreciate his talent and
dedication. I have for a long time.

Eddy Raven | 2010


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Janine Dugas

Entertainment director, Giant Omelette Festival
After an absence of 17 years, John Trahan is back on the Southwest Louisiana music scene with a bang. His latest CD, "My Louisiana" features John's crystal-clear voice backed by some of the best musicians of Acadiana, including DL Menard and Michael Doucet. From Iry Lejeune's hauntingly beautiful "Convict Waltz" to the Zydeco song "Pas Bon" to the title cut, "My My Louisiana", written by Eddy Raven and Jimmy C Newman, John covers all the bases. The CD is easy to listen to and fun to dance to. In 1993, John won the CFMA Song of the Year award with "Le Vieux Bourg Sur Le Bord Du Chemin." "My Louisiana" may put him in line for a Grammy. Let's hope he doesn't wait so long before releasing his next CD.

B. D. Lowry

Ecouter et danser!
John Trahan’s My Louisiana is a tour through Cajun country with some of the genre’s finest musicians. Outstanding vocals and musicianship shine in this collection of traditional and contemporary selections. If you’re new to Cajun music, this CD is the perfect introduction - you could call it a “soundtrack for life in Louisiana” - and it’s one you can dance to. If you're familiar with Cajun music, you'll recognize featured musicians D. L. Menard and Michael Doucet. Ecouter et danser!

D Beattie

Best Cajun CD I have heard in a long time!
I had never heard John Trahan before this CD, and now I am wondering where this incredible musician has been hiding all these years.. His voice is smooth, his songs are heartfelt and the musicianship is world class. The list of musicians is like a who's who in Louisiana. Michael Doucet, DL Menard, Al Berard, Mitchell Reed, Jamey Bearb, Beau Thomas, Doug Belote, Mike Burch and Lee Allen Zeno are just a few names that jump out. Song arrangements are tasteful and rooted to Louisiana. The title track "My My Louisiana" (written by Eddy Raven and Jimmy C Newman) is an incredible love song to the State of Louisiana and creates an illusion that takes you back in time and then on a tour of South Louisiana. I hope that this is the first of many CD's from John Trahan as this is one CD where every song is great and I am not even tempted to press the skip button.

Richard Turner

great mix of music!
Just received my copy of this CD and have to say that I am totally blown away by the mix of music and even more blown away by John's voice.. His vocals are clean and clear and the pronunciation of the words of the songs sung in Cajun French is perfect and easy to understand.. Hope that he doesn't wait so long again before his next CD!!