Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music

Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music

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With its stomping rhythms and bouncing melodies, Cajun music -- the accordion-and-fiddle-based style indigenous to southwest Louisiana -- is party music first and foremost, but it also encompasses sad waltzes, ancient ballads from the 18th century, and bluesy tales of drunkenness and heartbreak. Evangeline Made serves as both a tribute and a star-studdedSee more details below

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With its stomping rhythms and bouncing melodies, Cajun music -- the accordion-and-fiddle-based style indigenous to southwest Louisiana -- is party music first and foremost, but it also encompasses sad waltzes, ancient ballads from the 18th century, and bluesy tales of drunkenness and heartbreak. Evangeline Made serves as both a tribute and a star-studded introduction to this wonderful roots style. As part of the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band and as a scholar and folklorist, Ann Savoy has studied and promoted Cajun music for decades. For Evangeline Made, Savoy gathered a diverse group of luminaries, including John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt (who duets with Savoy on two tunes), Richard Thompson, Maria McKee, and Nick Lowe, to sing Cajun classics, backed by crack Cajun musicians (among them Steve Riley, Sonny Landreth, and members of the Savoy-Doucet clan). Savoy tutored the singers in French, and everyone seems to have a ball dabbling in music they love. Richard Thompson strips "Les Flammes d'Enfer (The Flames of Hell)" to its ancient folk ballad roots and displays his fleet guitar talent while he's at it. His ex-wife Linda Thompson sings two eerie waltzes, and the wonderful Maria McKee nails a pair of bruised ballads, including "Ma Blonde Est Partie (My Blonde Left)." John Fogerty gets swampy and goofy on "Diggy Liggy Lo," and Rodney Crowell throws himself into "Blues de Bosco (Bosco's Blues)." Like a good plate of crawfish étouffée, Evangeline Made is full of spicy, surprising flavors, and Cajun purists and neophytes alike will find it delicious.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Getting together a bunch of well-known musicians known for rock, folk, and country rather than straight ethnic music to perform on a compilation tribute album to a strand of ethnic music is usually a bad idea. Evangeline Made, refreshingly, turns out to have been a good idea. That's probably due at least in part to it being produced by a respected Cajun musician and folklorist, Ann Savoy, who also participates in the recording as well, dueting with Linda Ronstadt on two songs. The production is understated and sympathetic, as it's neither hardcore Cajun music nor Cajun music that's been bleached into pop. John Fogerty, Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson, David Johansen, Maria McKee, Nick Lowe, and Rodney Crowell are among the quite credible and respectful roster of artists who interpret a song or two, every single one of which is sung in French (even though some of the artists don't speak the language). Cajun influence has permeated Fogerty's vocals for so long that he sounds quite natural on "Diggy Liggy Lo," and the more country-oriented artists fall into natural, loping grooves. Purists might find this something of a sellout, a dilution of the real and rawer thing for ears unaccustomed to the real deal. Perhaps they have viable points, but here's a fact which might be hard for them to face: this simply has much more variety, skillful singing, and thoughtful, pleasing production than most Cajun records do, without compromising the spirit of the music.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707958523
catalogNumber:
79585
Rank:
7198

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Tracks

  1. Vagabond Special
  2. La Chanson d'Une Fille de Quinze Ans (Song of a Fifteen Year Old Girl)  - Ann Savoy
  3. Diggy Liggy Lo
  4. Je Veux Plus Te Voir (I Don't Want You Anymore)
  5. Pa Janvier, Laisse Moi M'En Aller (Pa Janvier, Let Me Go)
  6. Les Flammes d'Enfer (The Flames of Hell)  - Richard Thompson
  7. Ma Mule (My Mule)  - David Johansen
  8. Ma Blonde Est Partie (My Blonde Left)
  9. Blues de Bosco (Bosco Blues)
  10. O, Ma Chère 'Tite Fille (Oh, My Dear Little Girl)  - Ann Savoy
  11. Valse de Balfa (Balfa Waltz)
  12. Two Step de Prairie Soileau
  13. Arrêtte Pas la Musique (Don't Stop the Music)  - Nick Lowe
  14. Tout un Beau Soir en Me Promenant (On a Beautiful Evening While ...)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Doucet   Fiddle
Marc Savoy   Accordion
Rodney Crowell   Guitar,Vocals
John Fogerty   Guitar,Vocals
David Johansen   Harmonica,Vocals
Maria McKee   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocal Harmony
Richard Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Breaux   Accordion
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar
Rodney Miller   Steel Guitar
Christine Balfa   Guitar,Triangle
Austin Broussard   Drums
Sam Broussard   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mike Burch   Drums
Michael Coucet   Fiddle
David Doucet   Guitar
Kevin Dugas   Drums,Triangle
Patty Griffin   Vocals
Brian Koonin   Guitar,Cardboard Box,Toy Organ
Nick Lowe   Vocals
Dirk Powell   Bass,Fiddle,Accordion
Mitchell Reed   Bass
Ann Savoy   Fiddle,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jane Vidrine   Guitar
Kevin Wimmer   Fiddle
David Greeley   Fiddle
David Egan   Piano
Wilson Savoy   Piano

Technical Credits

Marc Savoy   Arranger
David Johansen   Arranger
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Jim Brady   Engineer
Steve Buckingham   Executive Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer,Mastering
Erich Gobel   Engineer
Edward Haber   Engineer
Brian Koonin   Arranger,Engineer
David Rachou   Engineer
Tom Rothrock   Engineer
Ann Savoy   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Scott Ardoin   Engineer
Nick Hannan   Engineer
Kevin Lacey   Engineer

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