Title: Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music
Author: Blair Kilpatrick
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Date of Publication: January 1, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60473-101-9
Format: Hardback
Price: $28.00

Logline: An outsider's account of her transformative obsession with Louisiana's joyous music.

Blair's mid-life journey begins on a birthday trip to New Orleans and ends up in Northern California's vibrant Louisiana French music community. Along the way, the once-shy psychologist learns to dance, convinces her husband to pick up the fiddle, and discovers she really can carry a tune. She has a series of adventures during her travels to Louisiana, to music camp in West Virginia, and to a Cajun festival in France. She finds an accordion mentor in renowned Creole musician Danny Poullard, the guiding spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area's Cajun-zydeco scene. Finally, Blair forms a band of her own, Sauce Piquante. And she learns the most important lesson of all: it's never too late to follow your dreams.

Links: www.blairkilpatrick.com