I am dedicating the Blue Notes in memory of David Egan, the esteemed pianist, singer, and songwriter, renowned for his warmth and heartfelt compositions. Christy and I met David around 1994 when it was taboo to have a piano on stage with a Cajun band. But David was such a force of musical nature that rules did not apply. Besides having built an amazing and rocketing songwriting career, he was playing with 2 of our favorite “Cajun” groups – Hadley Castille and The Sharecroppers Cajun Band, and, Filé. Of course, these groups and these musicians, like David, could not be limited to other people’s closed-in ideas about what “Cajun music” meant. It is hard to put true creativity into a box – Cajun, Creole, Louisiana Soul, Blues, Louisiana Blues Ballads?

Miss you, David… You had a big ol’ heart….

Here we are almost 30 years later having a Blues Summit at The Whirlybird Compound – and when I think of The Blues in my life, David Egan comes to mind. David would have loved BAOTB and would have wanted to participate. His memory will be with us.

David Egan, who passed away in 2016, is celebrated through “Sing It! The David Egan Songbook,” a tribute tour across Louisiana, featuring an array of accomplished musicians.
Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, C.C. Adcock, Roddie Romero, Kristin Diable, Papa Mali, David Torkanowsky, Kevin Gordon, Buddy Flett, and Steve Riley are among the artists paying homage to Egan by performing selections from his extensive catalog. This tour, organized by C.C. Adcock and Todd Mouton in collaboration with Egan’s widow, Rhonda, supports the David Egan Dreamer Fund under the Community Foundation of Acadiana, preserving his creative legacy.
Egan’s compositions, celebrated for their storytelling, have left an indelible mark. His songs, covered by legends like Joe Cocker, Etta James, Solomon Burke, and Percy Sledge, connected deeply with life experiences and emotions. For Irma Thomas, Egan’s songs, such as “If You Knew,” carried profound personal significance, forging an enduring bond between artist and songwriter.
In his final interview with Walter Pierce for The Independent, Egan reflected on the wealth of music and love he would leave behind, emphasizing the unbreakable circle of connection with his fans and friends. As the “Sing It!” tour echoes his melodies, David Egan’s songs and spirit continue to live on.

- As described by Keith Spera in The Advocate on March 22, 2017.
David Egan Songbook
The Cat Head Biscuit Boys – David Egan’s “Creole Tomato” – with Bruce (RIP) “Weisel” MacDonald

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  1. I’m working, working, working… on The Blue Notes

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