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Early American Cajun Music
     

Early American Cajun Music

by Blind Uncle Gaspard
 
The music of Blind Uncle Gaspard, Delma Lachney, and John Bertrand is a unique part of the history of Cajun style, one that is focused on ballads and melody rather than the dance rhythms and laments common to most music in the region. They lived on the northern edge of the Cajun realm, in the Louisiana parish of Avoyelles, an area not much documented in the story of

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The music of Blind Uncle Gaspard, Delma Lachney, and John Bertrand is a unique part of the history of Cajun style, one that is focused on ballads and melody rather than the dance rhythms and laments common to most music in the region. They lived on the northern edge of the Cajun realm, in the Louisiana parish of Avoyelles, an area not much documented in the story of Cajun music. Comprised of old ballads from France and original compositions by Lachney, these historic recordings from the 1920s have an almost contemporary sound, particularly on " La Dansuese" and "Je Me en Va dans le Chemin." If you're looking for a refreshing break from the high energy of Louisiana rhythm, something that's a bit softer but still firmly Cajun, this is the disc to get.

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Featuring three Louisiana performers, Alcide "Blind Uncle" Gaspard, John Bertrand, and Delma Lachney, this Yazoo Records release digs deep into the Avoyelles County swamps and presents 24 shining examples of traditional Cajun folksongs. While excellent examples of field recordings, Early American Cajun Music is not for the faint of heart. These down-home, straight from the bayou songs are a far cry from the accordion driven party music now associated with zydeco, rather they creak and croak through the old bones of three French speaking vocalists and their brittle stringed instruments. The honesty and tradition imbued within each of the tracks is as deep as the Delta and the melodies wind around themselves hypnotically, even though their lazy vocal whine could rub some listeners the wrong way.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/19/1999
Label:
Yazoo
UPC:
0016351204226
catalogNumber:
2042
Rank:
141008

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