Although Feufollet has often been hailed as the future of Cajun music, a more current assessment must admit that they are now the present of Cajun music. Once idolized at at early age for their precocious musicianship and sent all over the world as youthful emblems of Acadiana’s cultural resurgence, the members of Feufollet have, in the meantime, grown into the music as young adults. While Feufollet remains central to the neotraditionalist brush fire they helped ignite as youths, their latest album finds the band coming into its own and pushing the envelope, leading the way once again as Cajun music extends itself into a new century.
Accordionist, vocalist, fiddler, and all-around wunderkind Chris Stafford has made a name for himself--at the age of 21--as one of South Louisiana’s top musicians. Nominated for a Grammy for his guitar work with the band Racines, Stafford started Feufollet with fiddler Chris Segura when he was nine years old. In addition to playing with Feufollet, Stafford is an undergraduate in Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. To kill time on the road, he can be found staring meaningfully into the distance or reading Sartre and Rimbaud in the original French.
Evil mastermind and co-founder of Feufollet, Chris Segura is one of Cajun, Louisiana’s most sought-after fiddlers. Having won most of Louisiana’s fiddle contests as a youngster, Segura’s intuitive and compulsively rhythmic fiddle style has been compared to that of Mitch Reed, Michael Doucet and Dennis McGee. While Cajun music is his first love, he tempers his traditionalist leanings with a healthy appreciation for modern rock music--particularly Wilco, Spoon, The Flaming Lips and Beck. If you hear some rather--shall we say, contemporary--influences informing Feufollet’s latest CD, much of this may well be traceable to Segura’s wide-ranging musical influences.
Anna Laura Edmiston
The girl who made Jolie Blonde want to die her hair. The Lafayette Bassette. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Anna Laura Edmiston. Fully bilingual, Anna Laura Edmiston was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and Montreal, Quebec. Blessed with a crystal-clear singing voice, Edmiston combines classical training with a precise, subtle and studied knowledge of Cajun vocal styles. You’ll have to search far and wide to hear a better singer in Cajun music. An undergraduate in French Education at The University of Louisiana, Edmiston’s guilty pleasures include 1970s-era country music and R & B, old and new
Joshua Clegg Caffery
Hailing from the fertile sugar cane fields of Franklin, Louisiana, Josh Caffery brings a unique electric guitar style to Feufollet. Afflicted with what a psychoanalyst might call “steel-guitar envy,” Caffery translates the vocabulary of Cajun lap and pedal steel guitar playing onto his humble Telecaster. A Ph.D. candidate and Fellow in Folklore and English at the University of Louisiana, Caffery has been known to quote Coleridge, Savoy, Yeats and Balfa in support of his outlandish hypotheses.
The youngest member of Feufollet, Mike Stafford began playing drums with Feufollet at the tender age of seven. Now a senior at Lafayette High, Mike plans to attend the University of Louisiana in the fall of 2008. The outboard, rhythmic engine of Feufollet, Mike is known for his rock-solid, no nonsense drumming and for the fact that, yes ladies, he kind of looks like a Cajun superman.
The newest member of Feufollet, Phillippe Billeaudeaux brings a propulsive, driving bass style and a dark, mysterious stage presence known to entrance onlookers, much like the fabled swamp fires from which Feufollet takes its name. A cousin to both the Eunice Savoys and Breaux Bridge’s own Steve Riley, this multi-talented Cajun man also plays guitar with famed Lafayette rock band, The Amazing Nuns.