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The Balfa Brothers became one of the first Cajun bands to travel north to the folk festival circuit and to stimulate a new confidence among the older musicians in their home area. The band was made up of four brothers, Will, Dewey, Rodney, and Burke, and they often collaborated with legendary accordion player and singer Nathan Abshire. The Balfa Brothers won national fame for their beautiful, traditional style, as well as Dewey's charismatic endorsements of Cajun culture. In 1979 Will and Rodney were killed in an automobile accident. Dewey continued on with a band of replacements, dying in 1992.

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