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Harry & Tony Balfa Interview, 1984

I had known Tony for years and had travelled with Marc, Dewey and Rodney when Tony was playing with them on the road. Tony was a kind, gentle soul like his father Rodney. I interviewed Harry to learn more about Rodney since Rodney had died. In fact, Marc and Dewey and I were together in St Louis where Marc and Dewey were playing at a festival at the Arch when Dewey‘s two brothers, Rodney and Will, were killed in a tragic car wreck. It was a horrific moment.

-Ann Savoy

Harry Balfa
Photo courtesy of Harry Balfa
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Interviewee: Harry & Tony Balfa
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: January 12, 1984
Location: Harry’s house in Basile, LA
Language: English

This is an interview originally recorded for research purposes. It is presented here in its raw state, unedited except to remove some irrelevant sections and blank spaces. All rights to the interview are reserved by the Arhoolie Foundation. Please do not use anything from this website without permission. info@arhoolie.org

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