Betsy Stomp is the first album by Grouyan Gombo . Harlan Johnson initially recruited singer songwriter Benoit Leblanc and Ottawa-based fiddle player Michael Ball. Joined by Jody Benjamin on percussion, and by acoustic bass player Mike Reilly, the band performed in Montreal area venues and festivals until a creative recording project became inevitable.

Sound engineer Ross Murray's became the initial source of inspiration for the recording of the album. Thus, on a chilly weekend in March, the five core members assembled in Ottawa. An interesting variety of Scotch and Irish whiskies was also aligned on the Benjamin/Ball kitchen table. The second day of recording was marked by the arrival of former band member Jordan Officer, accompanied by partner and swinging sensation Susie Arioli . A twin-fiddle, guitar as well as snare were added to the mix. Several of the album's songs, particularly the fiddle duos, are classics from the early Cajun and Creole repertoire of Southwest Louisiana. Some songs, featuring the lap-steel guitar styles of more recent member Pat Loiselle, introduce the 'modern' post-1950 dance hall style sound. Still others pay homage to the old time Creole fiddle/accordion duo Canray Fontenot and Alphonse 'Boisec' Ardoin who Johnson had been fortunate to meet at a southern music camp in the early 1990's.