Perhaps only next to Doug Kershaw has anyone been more responsible for bringing Cajun music to the world than Jimmy C. Newman. The Mamou native first hit the country charts in 1953 with “Cry, Cry Darling” and scored several other hits throughout the 50s. By the mid-60s he fell out of the country spotlight and returned to his Cajun roots, but remained a staple on the Grand Ole Opry. His influence on country and Louisiana music is undeniable and can be pointed to artists like Wayne Toups and Neil Young.
Country music giants Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will be in town paying tribute to Newman this Thursday and Friday at the Acadiana Center of the Arts. The concert, hosted by Joel Savoy will also feature Jimmy C’s Cajun country contemporary Doug Kershaw as well as Kelli Jones of Feufollet, Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willis, and the late singer’s son Gary Newman.
For this week’s playlist, I compiled a list of songs from Savoy’s latest release, "Farewell Alligator Man." The album is a collection of new recordings of some of Newman’s best work by Savoy, Jones along with Oregon-based country duo Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms. Also in the mixtape are tracks from Doug Kershaw, Marty Stuart and two versions of Klauder’s “Hole in my Heart”; his and Jones’ reworked Cajun version from Feufollet’s last album, Two Universes.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Lyrically Inclined: Poetry Slam + Open Mic
Thursday, January 17 & Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Farewell Alligator Man: A Tribute to Jimmy C. Newman
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Friday, January 18 at 9:30 p.m.
Scott Briam with Durwood
Blue Moon Saloon
Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Laurie Antonioli and Jazz Quartet
Hawthorne and Burke Hall at University of Louisiana
Sunday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Mimosa Brunch with Chas Justus