Presented by Lafayette Parish Convention & Visitors Commission
Louisiana’s four-time Grammy-nominated PINE LEAF BOYS have made a name presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, the PINE LEAF BOYS, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.
Described as “… the link that connects the young and the old generations,” and, “the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time,” the Pine Leaf Boys play the old-fashioned dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto. Their mission is to present the Cajun music of their ancestors to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life.
All five members, still in their early 20s — Wilson Savoy, Courtney Granger, Jon Bertrand, Drew Simon, and Thomas David — have been steeped in music since childhood. Hailing from farms and villages in Cajun country, the PINE LEAF BOYS have been making a name for themselves not only for their youth, but also by preserving the traditional Cajun sound while allowing it to breathe and stretch. They present their music on twin fiddles, accordion, bass, and drum.
According to noted ethnomusicologist Josh Caffery, “the live performances of the PINE LEAF BOYS are a revelation of anarchy and reverence and manic exuberance funneled through traditional musical forms. Full-throttle and wide open, The Pine Leaf Boys heat the tubes of the old music until they break up into the sweetest distortion imaginable.”