As far as He Said knows, he has zero Cajun blood in his veins. His family is pretty much straight-up Anglo/Scotch-Irish, settling in the Piney Woods of Newton County via Alabama in the early 1800s. However, although the Sabine-straddling area around Newton, Burkeville and Wiergate is about an hour inland from the Gulf Coast, there has never been a shortage of families with last names such as Boudreau or Hebert up there.
Cajun culture is in the soil and water of East Texas just as much as South Louisiana, which is probably why He Said has had a lifelong affinity for it. He has never passed up a plate of fried oysters or batch of boiled crawfish, would put his mom's gumbo up against any Lafayette or Lake Charles kitchen's and, despite an innate Krameresque clumsiness, he does know how to waltz and two-step. (Somewhat.) Since discovering Pe-Te's Cajun Bandstand
on KPFT in high school, he has been infatuated with Louisiana music, and even had his own Cajun/zydeco radio show on UT student station KVRX one semester.
Non-Cajun songwriters have long been as fascinated by this mysterious, insular, effervescent culture and its music as He Said has, so this week in honor of high crawfish season - and, as She Said told you, the annual Texas Music & Crawfish Festival
in Spring - He Said thought we'd turn the spotlight on five songs written by non-Cajuns (okay, four non-Cajuns and one very
Cajun man) that still exude that South Louisiana joie de vivre
. Triangles up!