Award-winning Louisiana filmmaker Pat Mire ("Dirty Rice," "Against the Tide") explores the history of the Cajun, Blues, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music of South Louisiana in a brand new documentary called Forever My Love: Music from the Bayou and is a co-production with Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
One of the featured musicians is Gerry McGee, who has played with Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand and just finished a world tour with famed 60s instrumental group the Ventures ("Walk Don't Run," "Hawaii 5-O"). Gerry is the son of the late Dennis McGee, who has been called the father of contemporary Cajun music. In this hour documentary, Gerry and Pat roam the countryside in a 1976 Cadillac convertible, stopping along the way to play with many of Dennis' former students including Cajun legends Michael Doucet of Beausoleil, Zachary Richard, Steve Riley, famed slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, D.L. Menard, Al Berrard and too many others to name.
"We look at this film as sort of a Cajun Buena Vista Social Club," Mire said. "The thread that holds it all together is Dennis McGee."
It was also a labor of love for the musicians involved in the show because it allowed them to showcase the music they love.
"We don't do typical music," Doucet said. "We play music of who we are."
Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil, guitarist Gerry McGee, filmmaker Pat Mire
and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth (pictured left to right)
play some South Louisiana classics.
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