Ca­jun mu­sic, danc­ing from Coun­try Re­vival at Bark­ing Legs

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The guys in Ca­jun Coun­try Re­vival like to say they don’t “per­form” Ca­jun mu­sic, they cel­e­brate it.

The band will cel­e­brate mu­sic tonight, Aug. 30, with a show at Bark­ing Legs The­ater, 1307 Dodds Ave

Ca­jun Coun­try Re­vival has been called a “su­per­group of Amer­i­can roots mu­si­cians.” Com­prised of Ca­jun mu­si­cians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy, with mem­bers of Portland, Ore­gon’s Foghorn String Band, this group plays mu­sic that seems to em­body all of the things that make life won­der­ful.

It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to sit still when lis­ten­ing to Ca­jun mu­sic, so the show will in­clude danc­ing as well. “I don’t know how” is not a le­git­i­mate ex­cuse to avoid danc­ing since there will be a les­son on the ba­sics of Ca­jun dance at 6: 30 p. m. be­fore the 7:30 show.

“It would be hard to over­state how ex­cited we are to present Ca­jun Coun­try Re­vival in this evening for dancers and lis­ten­ers,” says Bark­ing Legs Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Bruce Ka­plan. “Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége are as good as it gets. The op­por­tu­nity to dance to a top-drawer Ca­jun band on a first-rate dance floor is pretty rare in Chat­tanooga.”

Son of Ca­jun mu­sic roy­alty Marc and Ann Savoy and the founder of the Louisiana- based Val­cour Records, Savoy is a Grammy win­ner for his pro­duc­tion work with The Band Court­bouil­lon, a nine-time Grammy nom­i­nee, as well as a two- time win­ner of the Ca­jun French Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fid­dler of the Year Award.

He has worked and played with the best of the best in South Louisiana as well as John Fogerty, Linda Ron­stadt, Steve Earle and T-Bone Bur­nett.

Grow­ing up in a ru­ral, pre- elec­tric­ity home in Guey­dan, Louisiana, Jesse Lege spoke Ca­jun French and learned mu­sic from rel­a­tives, neigh­bors and the fam­ily’s bat­tery-pow­ered ra­dio. To­day he is one of the most ad­mired Ca­jun ac­cor­dion­ists and vo­cal­ists in the world, known for his high, clear, “cry­ing” vo­cals.

Lege has been play­ing tra­di­tional Ca­jun mu­sic and singing Ca­jun French songs for more . than 35 years. He is a win­ner of nu­mer­ous CFMA awards, in­clud­ing Tra­di­tional Band of the Year, Ac­cor­dion Player of the Year, Male Vo­cal­ist of the Year, Band of the Year and Song of the Year. In 1998, he was in­ducted into the Ca­jun Mu­sic Hall of Fame.

Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance or $18 at the door. Tick­ets can be bought on­line at www.bark­inglegs.org

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-624-LEGS.

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Ca­jun Coun­try Re­vival

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