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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
Head west out of New Orleans, across Whiskey Bay, through the Atchafalaya Basin, into the wetlands of southwest Louisiana, and you are in Cajun country. Lafayette is the gateway to Acadiana, where the Cajun culture flourishes in towns such as Eunice, Mamou, Kinder, and Crowley. It is a place apart from the rest of the country. French is heard there; the language of music and laughter, food and drink is spoken. Coming from a proud heritage, the people have their own ways and traditions. It is from this place that the legends of Cajun music were born. They play at festivals and in the dancehalls where people gather on Saturday mornings for the all-day fais do-do, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
Head west out of New Orleans, across Whiskey Bay, through the Atchafalaya Basin, into the wetlands of southwest Louisiana, and you are in Cajun country. Lafayette is the gateway to Acadiana, where the Cajun culture flourishes in towns such as Eunice, Mamou, Kinder, and Crowley. It is a place apart from the rest of the country. French is heard there; the language of music and laughter, food and drink is spoken. Coming from a proud heritage, the people have their own ways and traditions. It is from this place that the legends of Cajun music were born. They play at festivals and in the dancehalls where people gather on Saturday mornings for the all-day fais do-do, starting at Fred's and ending at clubs like Slim's Y-Ki-Ki Lounge. This CD makes a record of some of that music. It features old-time Cajun masters like fiddler Dewey Balfa and accordionist Nathan Abshire, and some of the newer ones, including the "Cajun Hank Williams", D.L. Menard, and Grammy award- winners Michael Doucet and Beausoleil. Many of the classics of the Cajun genre are played on the recording, such as Balfa's "Grand Mamou," "Drunkard's Sorrow Waltz" by the Balfa Brothers, and "Shamrock," played by Abshire. Zachary Richard sings of "Madeleine," and Bruce Daigrepont contributes with "Marksville Two Step." There are gems from Paul Daigle and Robert Elkins, and Belton Richard's "Boscoe Stomp." No compilation of Cajun music would be complete without the Cajun anthem, "Jolie Blonde," which is played by Jo-El Sonnier. This music is meant for dancing and enjoying life, which is the genius of the Cajun people. A listen to this record will have the toes tapping and the eyes smiling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/1994
  • Label: Swallow Records
  • UPC: 046346607923
  • Catalog Number: 6079
  • Sales rank: 129,598

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nathan Abshire Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer, Cajun Accordion
The Balfa Brothers Track Performer
Dewey Balfa Track Performer
Beausoleil Track Performer
Bruce Daigrepont Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Doucet Track Performer
Jambalaya Track Performer
Zachary Richard Track Performer
Jo-El Sonnier Track Performer
Johnnie Allan Vocals, Track Performer
Phil Menard Conductor, Track Performer
Cajun Tradition Track Performer
Belton Richard Conductor, Track Performer
Joe Bonsall Conductor
Cajun Gold Track Performer
Paul Daigle Track Performer
Robert Elkins Vocals, Track Performer
Harry Fontenot Accordion, Vocals
D.L. Menard Track Performer
Travelers Track Performer
Ivy Dugas Conductor, Track Performer
Fred Charlie Track Performer
Jesse Lege Track Performer
Jim Olivier Vocals
Technical Credits
Dewey Balfa Arranger
Michael Doucet Arranger
Jambalaya Arranger
Zachary Richard Arranger
Jo-El Sonnier Arranger
Belton Richard Arranger
Harry Fontenot Arranger
D.L. Menard Composer
Mike Bordelon Cover Art
Chris Soileau Liner Design
Fred Charlie Arranger
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