Made in the Shade

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Louisiana's Red Stick Ramblers, led by the twin fiddle attack of Kevin Wimmer and Linzay Young, are a versatile little modern string band as likely to burst into some Hot Club jazz as they are to update some classic Cajun 2-step into a chooglin' bit of swamp blues. On Made in the Shade, their fourth album and first for Sugar Hill Records, they do both of these things and more, employing everything from flamenco to Creole strains in their musical gumbo, a mix the band calls "Cajun gypsy swing." Warmly recorded (Dirk Powell handled most of the production work) and full of an easy, joyous ambiance, Made in the Shade's 12 tracks show a band that is at once traditional and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Louisiana's Red Stick Ramblers, led by the twin fiddle attack of Kevin Wimmer and Linzay Young, are a versatile little modern string band as likely to burst into some Hot Club jazz as they are to update some classic Cajun 2-step into a chooglin' bit of swamp blues. On Made in the Shade, their fourth album and first for Sugar Hill Records, they do both of these things and more, employing everything from flamenco to Creole strains in their musical gumbo, a mix the band calls "Cajun gypsy swing." Warmly recorded (Dirk Powell handled most of the production work) and full of an easy, joyous ambiance, Made in the Shade's 12 tracks show a band that is at once traditional and experimental (often within the same song) and expert at fusing the two without sounding like they've created some sort of 2-step Frankenwaltz in the process. From the first track, the title tune "Made in the Shade," a gliding, easy rolling account of distilling corn mash, to the final one, "The Smeckled Suite," an Eastern-sounding flamenco tango jazz stew, the Ramblers deliver a delightful set of swamp-tinged vernacular roots music. Other highlights include a loose-as-a-goose Cajun blues called "Katrina" (named after the 2005 late summer storm that nearly wiped New Orleans off the map), a cover of Bob Wills' "Don't Cry, Baby," and a rollicking version of Clifton Chenier's classic zydeco stomp "Hot Tamale Baby." A wonderful album by a wonderful band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891403823
  • Catalog Number: 4038
  • Sales rank: 172,888

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Stick Ramblers Primary Artist
Dirk Powell Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Guest Appearance
Kevin Wimmer Fiddle, Vocals, Group Member
Wilson Savoy Piano, Guest Appearance
Glenn Fields Drums, Group Member
Chas Justus Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Linzay Young Fiddle, Vocals, Group Member
Blake Miller Piano
Eric Frey Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Stafford Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Blake Miller Accordion, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Clifton Chenier Composer
Canray Fontenot Composer
Belton Richard Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Tim O'Brien Liner Notes
Gary Paczosa Mastering
Mitchell Parish Composer
Dirk Powell Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Stella Unger Composer
Red Stick Ramblers Audio Production
Chas Justus Composer
Linzay Young Composer
Eric Frey Composer
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