Thursday, March 18, 2010

Geno Delafose

As we mentioned a few weeks back, The Western Folklife Center recently hosted its 26th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Navada. This year the WFC invited grammy-nominated Geno Delafose and his band, French Rockin Boogie, to perform. Mr. Delafose is a rancher from Duralde, Lousiana and the son of legendary Zydeco accordion player John Delafose. Here's a video of the band playing at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, with interviews with Mr. Delafose as well as Nick Spitzer, the musicologist and host of American Routes. Enjoy:

The Western Folklife Center YouTube Channel has a wealth of videos from the Gathering, and it's really worth exploring. Here's a look at some younger musicians who are "carrying forward" cowboy music into this new century: