Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cahoots - Legend of the Parlangua


Cahoots was a house band in Aurora Colorado in the mid-eighties. They played at a historic country music club called Four Seasons. The band was fronted by Lloyd Barnett, an talented songwriter and performer. His wife Annie backed him on vocals and did lead on several songs.

The Cahoots band was comprised of Lloyd Barnett (bass, vocals and wrote most of the songs), Ann Marie Barnette (his wife and singer), Willy Angel (lead guitar), Mac Eisensohn (drums), Vaughn Meyer (keyboards) and a few others. The group broke up after recording the Legend of the Parlanqua.

Many people confuse this band with other similarly named groups. This is not the group named IN CAHOOTS based in England. Also, it is not the Cajun band named The Cahoots. (Legend of the Parlangua song was released in the 1983. The cajun band "Cahoots" didn't get together until 1997.)

Because the lyrics of the Legend of the Parlangua deal with the theme of the Louisiana Swamps, many people think it was recorded by a Cajun band. However, it was actually recorded by a Colorado based band.

6 comments:

  1. Do they have a DVD of the song?

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    1. Not sure about a DVD, but The Colfax Museum has a copy of the 45 rpm record.

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  2. I live in Louisiana. My understanding years ago was that the band Cahoots that originally cut the record, never released the record at all with the exception of the promotional 45's that were distributed to the radio stations. Have you ever heard that story?

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    1. We lived next door to the lead singer and he gave us a copy of the album. It is a great memory of my childhood. I wore that record out listening to it over and over. I wish I still had it.

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    2. I was a bartender at the 4 seasons. When Cahoots first cut the 45 I got several copies and sent to my mother who had friends at a few radio station in Winnsboro and my sisternlaw worked for KNOE in Monroe I know copies were given there. Sadly when they recorded the song they had recently lost their fiddle player, her fiddle really made a awesome song exceptional. When her fiddle was replaced with another guitar the song didn't have the same impact. Still an awesome song and Lloyd was an amazing song writer and his wide had an amazing voice

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  3. The Band released a Vinyl LP of 10 songs in 1983 titled "In Cahoots". It Included Legend of the Parlangua, Dark Eyes, Rundown Love and 7 other popular songs from performances. I used to go see them at the Four Seasons - great Band.

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