Tag Archives: Cajun music

Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Kalenda

You know that moment when you hold your breath as you start up a record by a group whose previous record is one of your favorites ever, and you hope this new one is still just as great and maybe … Continue reading

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Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway is one of those rare recordings that grabs your attention right from the first note and won’t let go. Giddens was one of the founders of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a seminal folk group that brought … Continue reading

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Buckwheat Zydeco’s Lay Your Burden Down

I thought I had given up on zydeco. I first heard it in the late 1980s in the person of Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco. Also at about that time, I was fortunate to see in concert some superb … Continue reading

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Tab Benoit’s These Blues Are All Mine

When I started this review, I had no idea who Tab Benoit was. None whatsoever. All I had to go on was the title of the album and the assumption that he/she/it was a blues singer. Luckily, Tab Benoit has … Continue reading

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BeauSoleil at Monteith Riverpark

The Cajun group BeauSoleil has been making music for well over a quarter-century, and doing so with mostly the same members for about two decades. They pretty much single-handedly made Cajun a legitimate component of World music (whatever that is), … Continue reading

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Dr. John’s Creole Moon

Patrick O’Donnell penn this review. If somebody tells you to pick up the latest album by Malcolm John Rebennack, you’ll probably say, “Huh? Who dat?” But if somebody says, “Dr. John,” then it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll know just what’s … Continue reading

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet’s Gitane Cajun

A new record by BeauSoleil is always cause for celebration, and Gitane Cajun is no exception. It’s the band’s first studio recording since 1999’s Cajunization and Doucet & Co.’s first for the venerable Vanguard label. The band is closing in on 30 years as … Continue reading

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Beausoleil’s Arc de Triomphe Two Step

I’ve been a fan of Cajun music, and especially Beausoleil, since my wife introduced me to them shortly after we met around 1988. Sincethen, I’ve been to three or four Beausoleil performances, includingone very special dance with about 150 people … Continue reading

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Various Artists’ Evangeline Made

Cajun music is a beguiling, seductive, heady mixture of influences –rhythms borrowed from the Creole, French fiddle and accordion, full voice American vocal styles in which notes are emphatically held and the voice wavers around the tone. Along with its … Continue reading

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Sound Bites — Francophone folk and rock roundup

North America has a sizable contingent of French speakers, including much of the Canadian province of Quebec, and much of southern Louisiana. The two regions are connected by history, too; the ancestors of the Louisiana Cajuns were driven out of … Continue reading

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Celtic Colours — Tee and Tunes, Acadian Celtic Crossroads

Tee and Tunes Fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist John Doyle brought the capacity crowd to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation at the conclusion of a stunning set of reels, the climax of an evening of traditional and contemporary … Continue reading

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Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Mammoth Waltz

After beginning as a traditional Cajun band in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Lost Bayou Ramblers began experimentally fusing elements of indie rock and other styles into their sound. With Mammoth Waltz they go full-on psychedelic in their arrangements of what remains … Continue reading

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