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March 03, 2014


Wayne LeBlanc

Thanks so much for the kind words regarding our band, I am glad you enjoyed yourself.

Hope we get to see you again soon!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Stop The Clock has a unique niche in Lafayette's rich and varied music scene. It must be a challenge for you on the drums to keep the right touch for each of the solos. It certainly looked like you all were having a grand time. I'm certain I'll be back for more.

Mark Weisz

Dear Paul, I'm always a sucker for a pedal steel. Similar in concept, this is almost 40 years old-- Hillybilly Jazz 1975:


Vassar Clements on violin and vocals. David Bromberg on guitar and maybe pedal steel.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Dear Mark,
Great link to Hillbilly Jazz! I'll bet the farm that some of the Stop The Clock Cowboy Western Swing Cowboy Jazz Band members know about this band. The notes with this link say..."Improvisation is a high priority on Hillbilly Jazz, and a love of improvisation is one thing that jazz, bluegrass, and Western swing players have in common."
The STC players thrive on improvising. I'll ask them about Hillbilly Jazz. Thanks for adding to my music education.

May Louise White

Once again you "nailed it" with this piece on "Stop the Clock"!!!!!! This group has become one of my favorite bands!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Wow I can see why they're on your hit parade. I had a hard time making videos and taking photos when I really wanted to be dancing. I'd love to hit one of their concerts again soon, got to time my visit for the first Sunday of the month!
Thanks for weighing in:)

Gary Newman

I sure do remember this album. I was a big fan of Vassar Clements, as well as David Bromberg and was fortunate to do a few shows with both of them back in the mid 70's when I was with a Cajun band called Coteau. They were both very nice people and had a great sound.
Have you checked out the Time Jumpers yet? They are the best!
Paul, thanks again for all of the kind words and support. Let's keep in touch.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Hi Gary,
I wouldn't have known about Hillbilly Jazz but for the comment of one of my followers (above). The 1975 album is lively. This music seems sort of timeless to me.

I just checked the Time Jumpers website. Quite a distinguished group indeed. I guess this is what you had in mind when you put Stop The Clock together.

What I think you have in common with the Time Jumpers is that you connect with a wide range of discerning dancers and listeners, people who enjoy live music played with a high level of skill and enthusiasm. And people don't have to hike to 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville to listen to it. There's nothing like STC that I know of in Louisiana so you seem to have a unique niche there.
BTW just found "Highly Seasoned Cajun Music" by Coteau on Amazon. Some of the original members including Michael Doucet got together and recorded this in 1997, around twenty years after the original Coteau Band that never released an album disbanded.

Gary Newman

You are right on all accounts. Coteau was formed in the mid 70s and had a successful run of about 3 years. Nick Spitzer of "American Routes" described us as the Grateful Dead of Cajun music. We were one of the first to try to get the attention of Cajun music to the younger generation. With twin electric guitars, accordion, fiddle, and a strong rhythm section, we would play traditional Cajun tunes with long jams between the lead instruments.
After the band broke up, Michael Doucet (our fiddle player) went on to form Beausoliel and I went to Nashville to help form my Dad's band, Jimmy C. Newman and Cajun Country.
Both bands are still performing today.
Take care and keep in touch.
Happy Trails,

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Gary, Wow. This is fascinating, adds to my understanding of how music, in this case, Cajun, evolves. A Lafayette friend introduced me to Raoul Breaux, host of Blues Box on KRVS, during the show at Feed and Seed. He mentioned that your dad had several hits on the country charts. I just found http://jimmycnewman.net/about.html and see that he charted 33 songs on the Billboard Country Charts between 1954-1970 and still performs on The Grand Ole Opry. And Michael Doucet has had success with Beausoliel. Amazing. Clearly your dad's career had an impact on your own. You must be happy to see younger bands like Feufollet forming that are doing what your dad intended with Coteau: bringing in a new generation of listeners to Cajun music. With your permission, I'd like to share this terrific series of email conversations on my blog. Thanks a ton for replying.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Sure, you can use some of my emails. If you check S.T.C.'s Facebook page you will find a link to an interview I did on KRVS. It was on Cheryl Castille's "The Exchange" and we talked about an hour on my musical career. I did touch on the subjects you mentioned below.
Yes, of course Dad's career has an impact on my musical career. And yes, it is good to see that Cajun music continues to be appreciated and performed at a high level by young groups like Feufollet.
One thing you need to know is that Dad was not involved with the formation of Coteau. His band, Cajun Country was formed after Coteau disbanded.
Thanks for the support.



Jean Boyd

Hi! My name is Jean Boyd.
I am a professor of Music History at Baylor University. I am also the author of 3 books on western swing.
I am working on my 4th book, and I just this minute discovered this band...I would love to interview them for my new book. The fourth book deals with the spread of western swing far outside of Texas and Oklahoma, and although Louisiana is not far, it is still not Texas of Oklahoma. I would love to hear the band play a normal gig and then interview them.

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