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What is Cajun Country Music?

This morning we were discussing Country Music and the different sub genres. Paul asked what “Cajun Country” was. Well according to Wikipedia “Cajun Country” is one of the many off shoots of what is defined as “Cajun Country.”

Wikipedia defines “Cajun Country” as

This style involves heavy elements of Texas country music influence and a move away from the traditional accordion. This music has more of a “swing” style popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Instead of the music being dominated by the accordion, Cajun swing relies heavily on the fiddle and piano with a swinging tempo. Bands in the 1940s began using the steel guitar, an instrument which also found use in Dancehall Cajun music. Dances such as “the jig” are common among this genre of Cajun music. Harry Choates and the Hackberry Ramblers are early examples of this style, The Red Stick Ramblers and The Lost Bayou Ramblers are contemporary bands playing in this style.

Here are some musical examples of Cajun Country:

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