t a party at a college in Iowa, Dewey Balfa, the Cajun fiddler said, "Mais, someday y'all come down and see us in Lou'siana."

Two years later, as recent out-of-work graduates, that casual comment was enough motivation for us.

The late summer of 1972 found us heading for Cajun country, mainly because it seemed like an interesting thing to do.

We loved Cajun and Zydeco music, and while we didn't know too much about it, we had the idea that we could somehow study it and produce a good record.

fter we had lived in southwest Louisiana

for a few months, we were awarded a Youthgrant by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the sum of $5,513. It supported us for the next 18 months.

 Our house near Basile

uring our stay in the town of Basile in Evangeline Parish, we learned about the music, took a lot of pictures, and produced a record called "J'Etais au Bal: Music from French Louisiana."

This website is a re-publishing of the articles and photographs that we wrote to accompany our record. We've done a bit of copy editing and typo correction of the originals, and we've included photographs that have never before been published.

Swallow Records released "J'Etais au Bal" (Swallow 6020) in 1974, and it's still available on cassette. A CD pressing is expected in the near future.


copyright 1974 and 1999
Ron and Fay Stanford