21 Cajun Classics

21 Cajun Classics

     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
08/19/1994
Label:
Swallow Records
UPC:
0046346607923
catalogNumber:
6079
Rank:
177935

Tracks

  1. Grand Mamou
  2. Under the Green Oak Tree (En Bas du Chêne Vert)
  3. Madeleine
  4. Memoires Dans Mon Coeur  - Jesse Lege
  5. Step It Fast  -  Joe Bonsall & Orange Playboys
  6. Kaplan Waltz  -  Dewey Balfa & The Balfa Brothers
  7. Louisiana Two-Step
  8. Jolie Blonde
  9. Le Breakdown de Lafayette
  10. The Light in Your Window  -  Robert Elkins & Cajun Gold
  11. Bosco Stomp
  12. The Heritage Waltz  -  Phil Menard & La. Travelers
  13. Marksville Two-Step  - Burce Daigrepont
  14. Tolam Waltz  -  Fred Charlie & Acadiana Cajuns
  15. Ta Petite Robe Courte (Your Little Short Dress)  -  Robert Elkins & Cajun Gold
  16. Greener Grass on the Other Side of the Mountain
  17. Reel a Dennis Mcgee
  18. Drunkard's Sorrow Waltz
  19. (Cajun) Saints Go Marching In  -  Harry Fontenot & Friends
  20. You're So Easy to Love  - Jim Olivier
  21. Shamrock

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan Abshire   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer,Cajun Accordion
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
Clifton Chenier   Composer
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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