Are you really brothers and sisters?
We all have the same mother and father… and there’s 6 more after the 4 of us. It’s like reality tv, only it’s actually just our real life.
How old are y’all?
Older than we look, but still young enough.
Where are y’all from?
We’re from Lafayette, Louisiana, but currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. #ragincajunsforlife
How did you get started?
Our Dad bought our Mom her first guitar the first Christmas they were married. She learned to play while we were babies so we grew up singing with her in the living room for family and friends. Louisiana has such a rich musical culture, family get-togethers always involved some uncle or cousin pulling out a guitar or a fiddle. In 1996 Mama played her first coffee shop gig at the Urban Stampede in Grand Forks, ND (we relocated there for 18 months while our Dad was a flight instructor for UND). It became a regular gig for her and one by one we joined her onstage. Mama taught the girls how to play guitar, the boys learned harmonica from Dad, and eventually everyone gravitated to the instruments we currently play. From the coffee shop scene, we moved on to the country fair touring circuit and spent all of our teenage years traveling around the country in our bus playing over 100 shows a year.
What does your band name mean?
L’Angelus is Cajun French for the Angelus, which is a prayer that originated in medieval France. The church bells rang at 6am, Noon, and 6pm, and everyone in the town stopped whatever they were doing to pray this prayer together. It’s a tradition that our Acadian ancestors continued through the centuries, and a prayer that people in Louisiana still say every day. We like how it symbolizes a community joining together, which is what music in the Cajun culture is all about – bringing people together. It’s also the name of a famous impressionist painting by Jean Francois Millet. Image below.
Why did y’all choose a band name that is so hard to remember, spell, and pronounce?
It’s a genius marketing tool. We figure this way, only our true, devoted, die-hard fans will know how to say our name. It’s like a secret code word – if you know how to say it, you’re in the club. If you want to be in the club, learn to say it (LAWN JAY LOOSE).