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“LOUISIANA BOASTS ITS RARE SPECIES-SOME OF WHICH ARE ENDANGERED, AND ONE SUCH ANIMAL IS THE CREOLE ACCORDION PLAYER JOE HALL, LEADER OF THE CANE CUTTERS.”
— MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH / GUARDIAN MAGAZINE
Through his grandfather...
Through his grandfather, “King” Ned, Joe Hall inherited a love for the accordion, playing his grandpa’s whenever he was away. By the time Ned discovered that Hall had been tinkering with his instrument, the grandson had become surprisingly proficient. From there, Hall paid regular visits to the elder statesmen of Creole music, such as “Bois Sec” Ardoin, Canray Fontenot, Carlton Frank and Calvin Carrière, to learn and play tunes. Surprised to see such a young person with a rabid interest, Carlton Frank invited his brother Paul to meet Hall. "If you stay the way you are and don’t let nobody change you, ’then one day the world is going to know about you."