Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707958523
  • Catalog Number: 79585
  • Sales rank: 93,811

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Collection, Best Sound Quality

    This CD is the best collection of Cajun music I've ever heard; partly because of the variety of musicians and instuments and partly because of the recorded music quality. I never tire listening to this CD

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