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Bayou Blues Blasters: Goldband Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Goldband label is most known for the Cajun artists it recorded, such as Iry LeJeune and Cleveland Crochet, but it also put out releases by numerous blues musicians. These included some pretty respected, if secondary, blues notables like Lazy Lester, Lonesome Sundown, Juke Boy Bonner, Hop Wilson, and Katie Webster. They, and several much less familiar names, can be heard on this 26-song compilation of Goldband blues sides, mostly done in the 1950s and 1960s. The blues records done during this era at Jay Miller's studio in Crowley, LA. by Slim Harpo especially are justly more famous than the Goldband blues sides as far as Louisiana blues goes. But there was a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Goldband label is most known for the Cajun artists it recorded, such as Iry LeJeune and Cleveland Crochet, but it also put out releases by numerous blues musicians. These included some pretty respected, if secondary, blues notables like Lazy Lester, Lonesome Sundown, Juke Boy Bonner, Hop Wilson, and Katie Webster. They, and several much less familiar names, can be heard on this 26-song compilation of Goldband blues sides, mostly done in the 1950s and 1960s. The blues records done during this era at Jay Miller's studio in Crowley, LA. by Slim Harpo especially are justly more famous than the Goldband blues sides as far as Louisiana blues goes. But there was a different sound to the Goldband blues stable, although its studios were located just 50 miles to the west, particularly in the overlap with Texas blues, as Goldband's Lake Charles headquarters were close to the Texas border. There was also some spillover from zydeco and Cajun music, as Clarence Garlow, Thaddus Declouet, and Rockin' Sidney -- all represented on this anthology -- did some R&B and blues sides for Goldband, although they are principally zydeco artists. Cookie & the Cupcakes, who also have a track, are thought of more as a swamp-pop group than as a blues one. Most of this, however, is neither swamp pop nor zydeco-influenced, but fair though not wondrous electric blues/R&B of various shades, not too refined but not always that swampy either. Jimmy Wilson's "Trouble in My Home," for instance, sounds a little like the minor-keyed anguished blues of early Otis Rush, though he lacks Rush's superb guitar and vocal skills. The CD is worth investigating for those who are heavily into Louisiana R&B of the 1950s and 1960s, and on the lookout for some variations from the usual regional stew that aren't so well known.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667142724
  • Catalog Number: 427
  • Sales rank: 393,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Country Boy - Ivory Jackson (2:00)
  2. 2 Purty Little Dolly (Doodle) - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (2:38)
  3. 3 Going Crazy Baby - Guitar Junior (2:04)
  4. 4 Broke & Hungry - Hop Wilson (2:42)
  5. 5 Make up My Mind - Little Bob (2:11)
  6. 6 Need Shorter Hours - Ashton Savoy (2:32)
  7. 7 It Ain't Right - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (2:27)
  8. 8 Just Got to Take a Ride - Juke Boy Bonner (2:43)
  9. 9 Wanna Do Me Wrong - Al Smith (2:33)
  10. 10 Tin Pan Alley - Jimmy Wilson (3:10)
  11. 11 I Got Fever - Charles Sheffield (2:16)
  12. 12 Life's Journey - Tal Miller (2:45)
  13. 13 Honey Bee - Left Handed Charlie (2:39)
  14. 14 Sunday Morning - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (2:43)
  15. 15 Trouble in My Home - Jimmy Wilson (2:31)
  16. 16 Oh! Ramona - Big Walter Price (2:20)
  17. 17 Highway Back Home - Elton Anderson (2:35)
  18. 18 I'm Going - Cookie & the Cupcakes (2:34)
  19. 19 Please Stand by Me - Carol Fran (3:17)
  20. 20 Too Tired - Elton Anderson (2:27)
  21. 21 Let Me Hold Your Hand - Big Chenier (2:26)
  22. 22 What in the World Are You Gonna Do - Katie Webster (2:58)
  23. 23 Something Working Baby - Rockin' Sidney (2:38)
  24. 24 Pretty Little Red Dress - Marcel Dugas & Wild Bill's Washboard Band (3:09)
  25. 25 C-Key Blues - Little Latour's Sulphur Playboys (2:52)
  26. 26 Catch That Mornin' Train - Thaddus Declouet (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Juke Boy Bonner Track Performer
Lazy Lester Track Performer
Lonesome Sundown Track Performer
Katie Webster Track Performer
Rockin' Sidney Track Performer
Cookie & the Cupcakes Track Performer
Al Smith Track Performer
Guitar Junior Track Performer
Carol Fran Track Performer
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow Track Performer
Hop Wilson Track Performer
Big Walter Price Track Performer
Charles Sheffield Track Performer
Cupcakes Track Performer
Elton Anderson Track Performer
Tal Miller Track Performer
Jimmy Wilson Track Performer
Ivory Jackson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Katie Webster Contributor
Shane Bernard Liner Notes
Carol Fran Photo Courtesy
Big Walter Price Composer
Eddie Shuler Composer, Contributor
Jon Broven Photo Courtesy
Robert Geddins Composer
Jimmy Wilson Composer
Rod Reynaud Contributor
Dad Trent Contributor
Pennie Contributor
Ashton Savoy Contributor
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