Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys at the Liberty Theater Dec. 16, 2017
During the performance Dec. 16, 2017, at the Liberty Theater, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys played a selection of beautiful, cherished, enduring songs from the rich Creole repertoire, among them “J’étais au bal.” “Jongle à moi,” “Les blues du voyageur,” “Jolie Bassette,” “Quo faire,” “Eunice Two Step,” “Chère Mom,” ”Les barres de la prison,” “La valse de gros chemin,” and “Allons danser.” They were sung and played on accordion by a musician who is the last living direct link with the old la la tradition that included Bois Sec Ardoin, Canray Fontenot, and, at the source, Amédé Ardoin. During the show, Mr. Goldman recounted in French the time at age eight when he saw Amédé Ardoin play for three hours at a house dance. (For the story, see the note to this album: When he plays Creole music, Goldman Thibodeaux conveys the same heartfelt passion he heard in Amédé with a voice that has known both life’s joys and sorrows.

Other members of the band included Zydeco Joe Citizen on rubboard, Zachary Fuselier on fiddle and several vocals, Barry Cormier on drums and vocals, Courtney Jeffries on rhythm guitar, Lee Tedrow on bass, and Brock Thibodeaux, Mr. Goldman’s grandson, on rubboard. Ryan Simon emceed the show.

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