About 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, an endless stretch of elevated highway reaches across the Atchafalaya Basin. This is Acadiana's eastern gate, with twisted trunks of cypress trees rising out of the water. From the moment you cross over, you'll hear Cajun music. Fiddles, guitars, and accordions create a sound that can be heard at any dance hall on Saturday nights. The point of music here is dancing and socializing.
Young musicians know they must be able to sing in Louisiana French for credibility, and so music has become a powerful force in saving this almost-lost language. New musicians like Bijou Creole and the Pine Leaf Boys are taking the music to a new generation of listeners.