Menard, D[oris] L[eon]
- Barry Jean Ancelet
(b Erath, LA, April 14, 1932). Cajun guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He first began performing with Elias Badeaux and the Louisiana Aces as the band’s guitarist and English-language vocalist, covering songs by country artists such as Hank Williams and Ernest Tubbs. When the band’s French singer missed a job, Menard took over. He also began composing lyrics and melodies for the band’s recording sessions, including his iconic song, “La porte d’en arrière,” as well as bevy of local hits such as “Je peux t’oublier,” “Batchelor’s Life,” “She Didn’t Know I Was Married,” “En bas du chêne vert,” and “C’est pas la pluie qu’après tomber.” Since the break up of the original Louisiana Aces, D.L. has preserved the name to use with the various groups that he has played with through the years. He performed with Marc Savoy at the legendary Veillée des Veillées concert in Montreal in the early 1970s, the concert that brought North American French folksong traditions together for the first time. He became a regular performer on the folk festival circuit, including the National Folk Festival. He also performed on two State-Department-sponsored tours, one of nine Central and South American countries with Marc Savoy and Lionel Leleux, and one of eight Asian and Near Eastern countries with Ally Young and Doc Guidry. In ...