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November 10, 2017


Chris Trahan

Good article. A little additional history on Jo-El's career.

He started playing Cajun music when he was very young. People just called it French music back then. He had a morning show on KSIG radio when he was 6 years old. He would do the show then go to school. He wrote and recorded "Tes yeu bleu" (Your Blue Eyes) when he was 11 years old. He played Cajun music in the area until he was an adult. He then went to Nashville with the intent of recording country music with a Cajun sound. He was very successful with several top ten hits.His Grammy win is for an album that takes him back to his Cajun roots.

So, his career progression is Cajun to Country back to Cajun.
Read his biography on his website. http://jo-elsonnier.com/biography/

I always enjoy your articles! Keep 'em coming.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Thanks,Chris, one of the best things about sending stories out is to learn something from a reader that adds to the story and my knowledge of music...for example, from that bio, Sonnier "has performed all across the world;in 28 countries and in 49 states.Including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Edmonton Folk Festival to performances throughout Europe and South America and Japan."

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