Heart of Louisiana: Savoy Music Center


A few miles east of the town of eunice , the cars stack up on highway 190 every Saturday morning,.  Inside the Savoy Music Center,  friends and visitors bring their fiddles, accordians, guitars and cameras, and they bring a  geniune love of cajun music.  Cajun fiddler Harry Lafleur believes this music is vital to preserving Louisiana's French culture.  

Lafluer says, "it means marriage, it means yesterday, it means the old farmer. it means everything"

It's an international crowd….. some play and others just listen…. today we meet cajun music enthusiasts from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada, and a professor of music from Belgium.

Robert Sacre says, "The non-professionals learn from the older ones. So it's fantastic. I don't know anything like this anywhere else."

The freewheeling concert starts  with a few regulars at 9am.  But it grows to an orchestra of more than 20 musicians by 10:30.  There are only a couple of rules…. it's all acoustic, and only one accordian and one triangle player at a time.

 Marc Savoy opened his music store in 1966.   That's also when he started these Saturday morning jam sessions.  But that was a time when cajun music wasn't very popular outside of South Louisiana"

Marc Savoy says, "Saturday mornings I'll just make a pot of coffee, put a box of boudin, cookies or something on the counter and let the neighbors and the customers come by and we'll shoot the bull, maybe play a tune or two, so that's how it started"

Marc Savoy started this business as a place to make and sell Cajun Accordians.  His hand-crafted instruments, which sell for about two-thousand dollars apiece,  are considered among the best.

And the orders come in from around the world.

 Savoy says "it's not a product, it's a part of yourself. And I build these instruments the way I like to play ‘em."

Savoy, along with his wife Ann, and sons Joel and Wilson, are accomplished musicians and recording artists.  But as a father, Savoy says he never pushed his children to play cajun music.

 "Instead of watching television or something like that, we'd get our instruments out, play a tune, drink a glass of wine and share a couple of tunes t