Ganey Arsement
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Ganey Arsement

Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States | INDIE

Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States | INDIE
Band Americana Country


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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Harvest Home (1999)
Ganey Arsement, Self titled (2006)
Cleoma's Ghost, Take Me Back (2009)
LakeSide Gamblers, La Valse d'Hommage (2010)
Ganey Arsement, Le Forgeron (2013)



Born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, you might think that Cajun singer, songwriter, and accordion player Ganey Arsement makes his music on the fringes of Cajun country. Actually, Lake Charles is more of a crossroads, a meeting point between the honky-tonks of East Texas (Beaumont, Texas, the home of George Jones, is 45 minutes away), and the Cajun dancehalls of Southwest Louisiana. Ganeys music reflects these crossroads, and on his new album, Le Forgeron, he slips as easily between the cranking heat of the Cajun accordion and the electric twang of East Texas Country and Electric Blues.
Ganeys got a great love for the Blues and early Country music thats easily discernible. The classic Lake Charles triangle of Blues, Country and Cajun heard on this album can also be heard in the music of nearby friends and Louisiana music legends Jo-El Sonnier and Doug Kershaw, both of whom Ganey sometimes performs with live. For example, Pipeliner Blues by Western Swing fiddler Moon Mullican, mixes East Texas twang, an old country blues foundation, and some of Ganeys hard-driving Cajun accordion. In the Pines is a tribute to Leadbelly, a fellow son of Louisiana and a huge source of inspiration for Ganey, who often imagines what a meeting between Leadbelly and the great Creole accordionist Amd Ardoin would have been like. Ganeys song Small Town draws from the bluesier strains of Texas country roots music, and Im Sorry sounds like it could be heard on CMT.
There are a lot of different influences in Ganey Arsements new album, Le Forgeron, but thats to be expected from an artist at the crossroads of some of the most musically fertile land in America. This is pure Americana, at once informed by our shared traditions, but driven to keep moving, to keep driving down the highway of American roots music.