As the memories of our US road trip begin to fade I am putting one last set of photos on to the blog as a reminder of some of the great experiences we enjoyed.
First, here are a couple of photos of Cajun star Steve Riley
at Warehouse 535 in Lafayette.
Also one of zydeco artist Gene Delafose
who shared top billing that night.
This is the group with Steve: L-R Dave Carroll, Alan Lloyd, Lee Wilkinson, Nick Cobban, Steve Riley.
No visit to Lafayette is complete without a visit to one of the large Cajun restaurants there which feature local Cajun bands. Low Maintenance
, the band who were playing at Randol's, included, as is usual in Cajun bands, a triangle player. Even I could manage that I think.
We also went to the weekly Cajun Jam at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.
Out in the bayous, in Loreauville, we found the grave of the great Clifton Chenier.
Not far away is his former club, now seemingly disused.
In New Orleans we visited the Professor Longhair
Museum where we were made very welcome by his daughter, Pat Byrd.
We also had some N'Awlins Second Line fun at the Ooh Poo Pah Doo bar where Judy Hill
, daughter of Jessie Hill, is a welcoming hostess and also sang with the James Andrews band.
On our last evening in New Orleans we went to Chickie Wah Wah where Seth Walker
was launching his new CD.
On our way back across Louisiana we stopped off at Crowley, where J D Miller
had his studio and where there are still thousands of records for sale upstairs.
On our final morning we paid our respects to two musicians in cemeteries in Beaumont, Texas: Moon Mullican
and the Big Bopper