Ms. Balfa won’t change the mind of anyone who thinks there are actually only two Cajun songs, a waltz and a two-step (though different waltzes start their pattern on different beats). But these rigorous, hypnotic tracks could build admiration for the selfless, essential toil of rhythm sections everywhere.
On Tuesday, National Public Radio's Melissa Block featured Balfa's solo triangle album, Plays the Triangle (which was also featured in the April Fools' issue of The Independent) and interviews producer Chas Justus about the project. (You can hear the whole interview here.)
The reaction of NPR's listeners has been mixed. Some have commented on NPR's site that the piece was "hilarious" and "quirky." Mona Bernard of Lafayette, though, writes that it's just downright silly. "It's boring and — despite your position to the contrary — reinforces the opinion that all Cajune [sic] music sounds the same. Any Cajun who hears this will laugh and think it's a joke. Really! The emperor has no clothes on this one."
But Eric McDowell, who listens to NPR in Seattle, isn't amused in the least: