Lafayette's Feufollet is featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."

The Cajun band Feufollet, comprising six UL students, was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered. ultoday.com spoke with band member Chris Segura recently.

How did you guys end up on NPR?

Well, when we were in the process of releasing our last album, Cow Island Hop, we were trying to figure out a neat way to get more publicity from our CDs than we usually get.

Through Chris Stafford's mom Lisa, who heads up Festival International, we found out about Rock Paper Scissors out of Indiana. They're a publicity company that focuses on folk music, working with bands & festivals. So we got in touch with them. They're the reason that we got a lot of press on the albums, and a lot of nice reviews.

Then the guy who runs it called me and said, "Hey, we may have a spot for you on NPR."

From that, the producer from All Things Considered called us, and we pitched the idea to him. They thought it sounded cool, and Melissa Block interviewed us.

Who is in the band?

Chris Stafford plays accordion, fiddle, guitar and he sings. He is from Lafayette, he's majoring in Francophone Studies at UL.

There's Anna Laura Edmiston [cousin of UL kicker Drew Edmiston], she plays acoustic guitar and sings. She's from Lafayette. She's in French education here.

Josh Caffery is from Franklin, but now he's living in Breaux Bridge. He plays electric guitar, and is a grad student in Folklore and English.

Michael Stafford, Chris's brother, plays drums, he's a first semester freshman. I'm not sure what he's studying.

Philippe Billeaudeaux plays bass. He's not at UL right now, but he's looking at coming back in the next couple of semesters.

I play fiddle. My family is from New Iberia, but I grew up in Berwick. I'm studying Marketing.

How long has the band been together?

11 years.

Really? How old were you when the band was started?

I was 13, Chris was 10 and his brother Michael was 8. We were the three original members.

So you're part of the amazing Cajun & Creole renaissance we have seen here. Talk about that.

I guess whenever we started this thing, it was kind of a hobby, we didn't take it all that seriously. Then we started traveling. In just the past four or five years, since we started at UL, we've seen this influx of young people coming to our shows, who are interested in what we're doing.

The same thing is happening with other young Cajun music groups, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Pine Leaf Boys. We're all seeing more young people who are interested in what we do.

That's interesting. Weren't the Pine Leaf Boys run off from the UL Quad a few years back?

That was when their band was first starting, and I was usually part of it. It was just a group of guys who got together and played. From that start, pissing off somebody at the University, they kept going. That really started the band. They went on to make a record and now I think they have three albums. They've been very successful with it.

What does your exposure to the Cajun culture mean to you?

It's really been a life-long thing for me. I haven't been rediscovering it, I've always been immersed in it. It's a normal part of my life, so I've never thought of is as anything unusual.

We have been going to live performances and jam sessions since I was three years old. So the music has always been around.

So young people are also getting back into Cajun & Zydeco music?

It's not only a local thing. Wherever we travel, we usually have good responses from young people. We've gotten a lot of comments on our Myspace page, and on our website. That has happened a lot since the NPR piece. People say they heard the segment and are interested in the music.

Even though they don't understand the words.

Talk about UL.

I grew up an LSU Football fan. My dad has three degrees from there, so when I was younger we would catch football games anytime we had the oppurtunity. I'm still a big LSU Football fan.

But when it came to choosing a school, it was never a question. I chose UL...I love the University, the city, the community, and the culture. There's no doubt that this is where I will spend the rest of my life.

Do you make any UL football games?

Yeah, occasionally. But it's tough, Saturday nights are when our gigs happen.

Anything else?

We're playing at the Blue Moon on the 28th. Come on out.

Cow Island Hop and Feufollet's other albums can be purchased at their website.