Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 22): Bruce Daigrepont, Enter Waltzman

“I would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would go record totally by myself — and [sic] in of all places Copenhagen, Denmark,” says venerated Cajun musician Bruce Daigrepont of his latest effort Jamais de la Vie. The album’s concept — Daigrepont sans accompaniment save his trademark squeezebox — was the notion of a longtime Danish friend, who not only compelled Daigrepont to pursue the project in Denmark’s capital but also tapped Grammy award winner Flemming Rasmussen to produce it. Bruce Daigrepont, podcast, Aaron Lafont, photoFor Daigrepont, the scope of his Nordic trek in addition to the album’s musical context more than suited its title — an idiomatic Cajun expression that translates to “never before in [my] life” and carries with it disbelief. The title-track, coincidentally, is a waltz that Daigrepont had penned decades earlier but had never before recorded or played on stage. Still, it wasn’t until Daigrepont entered Rasmussen’s studio that he realized his producer’s grand acclaim had come by way of a story steeped in black metal lore, his seed sewn as the studio wizard behind Metallica’s earth-wrecking albums Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and … And Justice for All. To hear how this Cajun’s tale of firsts unfolds and to listen Daigrepont deliver a candid rendition of its silver lining “Jamais de la Vie,” press play.