Affectionately referred to as “the Cajun Hank Williams,” D.L. Menard (blessed Doris Leon Menard) just met Williams onetime on the Teche Membership in New Iberia in 1951. However in the almost five years since, William’s melancholy nation songs have stayed his major impact. Most widely known for his strike “La Porte Dans Arriere (THE TRUNK Door),” which offered a lot more than 500,000 copies in 1962, Menard continues to be among Cajun music’s most powerful links to nation music. Menard’s first inspiration was equipped by his dad, who performed harmonica, and an uncle who performed inside a Cajun music group. Going to a rehearsal from the group, Menard became enchanted by his uncle’s acoustic guitar playing. Convincing his uncle to instruct him several rudimentary chords, Menard got to the device quickly. Half a year after buying his 1st acoustic guitar from a Sears and Roebuck catalog, he performed his 1st gigs. Soon after becoming a member of Elias Badeaux’s music group, the Louisiana Aces, in 1952, Menard overran the band’s management. He continuing to stability his music profession with a number of careers. He made up “La Porte Dans Arriere” while operating in a gas train station. Menard continuing to health supplement his income like a musician because they build rocking chairs within the stock that he owns along with his wife, Louella. In 1994, Menard received a Country wide Heritage Fellowship in the Country wide Endowment for the Arts.
|1||Inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 1997.|
|3||Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.|
|Louisiana Blues||1993||As Himself|
|The Apostle||1997||arranger: "Bayou Pon Pon"|
|It's in the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition||2007||Documentary||Himself - Cajun Musician|
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