Parlez-Nous a Boire

Parlez-Nous a Boire

by Beausoleil
     
 

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Vocalist and fiddler extraordinaire Michael Doucet's group Beausoleil has long been one of the best and best-known performers of Louisiana roots music. The group draws on Cajun (a hybrid of American country and traditional French folk songs) and zydeco (a hybrid of Cajun and R&B) with the respect ofSee more details below

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Vocalist and fiddler extraordinaire Michael Doucet's group Beausoleil has long been one of the best and best-known performers of Louisiana roots music. The group draws on Cajun (a hybrid of American country and traditional French folk songs) and zydeco (a hybrid of Cajun and R&B) with the respect of traditionalists but with enough vigor and inventiveness to make the music jump to life. Though some Beausoleil releases experiment with modernizing the music, adding electric instruments and contemporary production flourishes, Parlez-Nous a Boire sticks close to the source. Ballads like "Mercredi Soir Passe" and two-steps such as "Sue" and "La Rue Canal," sweetened by lilting accordion and fiddle melodies, evoke an age-old musical tradition of acoustic back-porch music-making. Drums, triangle, and spoons add percussive texture to the more uptempo reels and jigs, but the predominant mood of the album is subdued (especially in comparison to the band's rave-up party discs such as Bayou Cadillac). [Later versions include bonus cuts from the same sessions and additional tracks from Beausoleil's first Arhoolie album, making this a fine collection of traditional folk music.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/1993
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297032220
catalogNumber:
322
Rank:
146638

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beausoleil   Primary Artist
Michael Doucet   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Tommy Alesi   Drums
Annick Colbert   Recorder
Tommy Comeaux   Mandolin
David Doucet   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Strachwitz   Recorder
Errol Verret   Accordion
Robert Vignaud   Bass
Billy Ware   Drums,Triangle,Spoons

Technical Credits

Michael Doucet   Composer,Producer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Octa Clark   Composer
Barry Jean Ancelet   Contributor,translation
John A. Lomax   Composer
Ben Sandmel   Liner Notes
Chris Strachwitz   Producer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Wayne Pope   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Sam Morgan   Composer
Wallace "Cheese" Reed   Composer

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