Best in Cajun & Zydeco: Homebrew

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Venturing out of their more common home of non-American musics, ARC Records released Homebrew in 2003, a collection of Cajun and zydeco music named in part after the classic Boozoo Chavis song. The focus here is primarily on the Cajun end of things, with the more strictly zydeco works only holding a small part among the crowd. The album opens up with one of the greatest exponents of the Cajun revival in Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, who bridge the generation gap between the old and new in Cajun. Quickly following is the traditionalist Eddie LeJeune, followed himself by T-Mamou, a group from Mamou with a newer look at the old classics. Rosie Ledet, the current queen of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Venturing out of their more common home of non-American musics, ARC Records released Homebrew in 2003, a collection of Cajun and zydeco music named in part after the classic Boozoo Chavis song. The focus here is primarily on the Cajun end of things, with the more strictly zydeco works only holding a small part among the crowd. The album opens up with one of the greatest exponents of the Cajun revival in Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, who bridge the generation gap between the old and new in Cajun. Quickly following is the traditionalist Eddie LeJeune, followed himself by T-Mamou, a group from Mamou with a newer look at the old classics. Rosie Ledet, the current queen of zydeco, turns the page to the black side of the music temporarily, though the album turns immediately to the saddest of songs with Dewey Balfa's "J'ai Pleurer" written after losing his son, wife, and two brothers in a short span of time. Cajun Gold provides a nice little two-step, followed by the venerable Nathan Abshire's "I Don't Hurt Anymore aka On Top of Old Smokey." Don Rich mingles Cajun and zydeco rather effortlessly, followed by the iconoclastic Cajuns of Charivari. The Magnolia Sisters provide a womanly update of the music on an old Joe Falcon piece, followed by the great Boozoo Chavis. A relative of the Balfas, Courtney Granger, turns in a nice fiddle number, followed by the bouncing fun of Rockin' Sidney. The Mamou Playboys contribute a piece of high-quality Cajun, Johnnie Allan adds in some "swamp pop", and the great Geno Delafose puts up a nice piece of contemporary zydeco. The album finishes up on a second contribution from Beausoleil, completing the circle. What this album is, ultimately, is a nice Cajun compilation, comparable in many ways to some of the older Arhoolie compilations. Many of the greats of Cajun music are represented, and many of the great songs are included. On the zydeco side of affairs the album is perhaps somewhat more lacking, most likely due to licensing problems. Neither of the Cheniers are here, nor Buckwheat Zydeco, nor Beau Jocque. Boozoo is the only real heavyweight included, and while the performances from the newer performers are certainly worth hearing, the lack of founding figures makes the album somewhat lopsided in favor of the greater focus on Cajun. Pick it up for the Cajun, and go to Rounder's catalog for the zydeco.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037181426
  • Catalog Number: 1814
  • Sales rank: 267,435

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Veuves de la Coulée - Michael Doucet (2:43)
  2. 2 Bayou Chêne Waltz - Eddie LeJeune (3:37)
  3. 3 Hackberry Hop - T-Mamou (3:36)
  4. 4 Lover Nonc Helaire (3:01)
  5. 5 J'Ai Pleurer (2:50)
  6. 6 Le Two-Step a Paul Daig (3:34)
  7. 7 I Don't Hurt Anymore - Nathan Abshire (3:09)
  8. 8 Little Cajun Girl (3:07)
  9. 9 Femmes (4:44)
  10. 10 Hippi Taiaut (4:10)
  11. 11 Zydeco Homebrew - Boozoo Chavis (2:31)
  12. 12 Depuis I'âge de Quinze Ans (3:36)
  13. 13 Go Chere Go - Rockin' Sidney (3:44)
  14. 14 Enterre Moi Pas - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (4:08)
  15. 15 The Strings of Your Heart (2:49)
  16. 16 Joann, Joann (4:51)
  17. 17 Two Step des Frères Mathieu - Michael Doucet (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nathan Abshire Vocals
Eddie LeJeune Accordion
Rufus Thibodeaux Fiddle
Johnnie Allan Vocals
Morris Ledet Bass Guitar
Tony Ardoin Guitar
Kent Pierre August Guitar, Rhythm
Christine Balfa Banjo, Guitar, Triangle, Ukulele, Vocals, Rubboard
Classie Ballou Jr. Bass
Vernon Bergeron Drums
Anthony Chavis Rubboard
Rellis Chavis Drums
Danny Collet Accordion
Paul Daigle Accordion
Geno Delafose Accordion, Vocals
Tony Delafose Bass
Kevin Dugas Drums
Robert Elkins Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Nathaniel Fontenot Guitar
Oran "Junior" Guidry Bass
Derek Huston Tenor Saxophone
Terry Huval Fiddle, Guitar
Jermaine Jack Drums
Hubert Maitre Guitar
Steve Nash Rubboard
Tina Pilione Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin
Ann Savoy Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Accordion, Vocals
Peter Schwartz Bass, Electric Bass
Tony Thibodeaux Violin
Jane Vidrine Fiddle, Guitar, Triangle, Vocals
Rosie Ledet Vocals, Accordion (Chromatic)
Jimmy Domengeaux Acoustic Guitar
Richard Comeaux Steel Guitar
Gerald Melancon Drums
Corey Ledet Drums
Randall Foreman Steel Guitar
Courtney Granger Fiddle, Vocals
Kelly Herbert Bass Guitar
Jason Parfait Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dewey Balfa Composer
Michael Doucet Composer
Johnnie Allan Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Iry LeJeune Composer
Paul Daigle Composer
Geno Delafose Composer
Reed Inc. Composer
Eddie Shuler Composer
Randy Vidrine Composer
Rosie Ledet Composer
Lee Martin Composer
Sidney Semien Composer
Diz Heller Liner Notes
Jesse Reuben Wilson Cover Design
Jack Rollins Composer
Falcon Trio Composer
Traditional Composer
T-Mamou Arranger
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