Milton Adams

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Milton Adams is among the last of traditional Cajun music's old guard, the talented gents of a nearly lost generation who continued to perform well into their senior years. The native of Kaplan, LA, is…
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Milton Adams is among the last of traditional Cajun music's old guard, the talented gents of a nearly lost generation who continued to perform well into their senior years. The native of Kaplan, LA, is an accordion player and singer who became involved with his culture's musical heritage. Adams started to play an instrument before the Depression hit, when he was ten-years-old. Within two years he was providing the music at house dances. He refrained from weekend work in dancehalls until he hit his mid-20s. As with the majority of Cajun musical artists of the day, and even many today, he supported himself and his family not with the proceeds of his music but with other types of employment. In Adams' case, his day jobs included carpentry and a hardworking stint in Louisiana's oil fields. Elty Polite Adams, the accordion player's father, was his first teacher on the instrument. Milton Adams would later receive additional instruction from Lawrence Walker, another premier Cajun accordion player. He counted among his relatives eight musically inclined uncles, only one of whom did not play the accordion. As Adams made a name for himself, he turned around and passed along the instruction and inspiration to the next generation of accordionists, continuing the generous practice for decades. Zydeco accordionist Wayne Toups has cited Adams as one of his main influences. Swallow Records, a label based in Ville Platte, LA, put out a cassette of Adams' 1992 performance during a folk festival sponsored by the University of Chicago. Milton Adams Plays Traditional Cajun Music features fiddler Leo Abshire and guitarist Hubert Matte accompanying the accordion player on such songs as "Kaplan Waltz," "Jolie Blonde," "Midnight Playboys Special," and "J'ai Passe Devant Ta Port." He continues to appear at festivals throughout the U.S. with his band, the Midnight Playboys. Performances have included stops in Illinois, Georgia, Wisconsin, Florida, and Washington, D.C.