Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller

Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller

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A labor of love and a monument to exhaustive research, Bear Family's 2011 box set Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller contains every recording Cajun music producer J.D. Miller cut between 1946 and 1959. This simple description downplays the effort behind this triple-disc box. It took considerable effort to document each of these tracks, and more still for Lyle Ferbrache to assemble the notes, but the end result winds up as a cornerstone of Cajun music. Miller dove into Cajun music in earnest after Harry Choates' recording of "Jole Blon" turned into a hit, starting to pursue a career as a producer in 1946 with his label Fais Do Do. Miller recorded Cajun and country acts at Cosimo Matasa's studio in New Orleans, eventually gaining some ground from his recordings with Happy Fats and Doc Guidry, commonly considered some of the great Cajun sides of all time. After World War II, there was a distinct lack of Cajun records and Miller set out to fill that gap, entering a golden era that this box ably documents. Here, it's possible to hear Cajun turn modern partially through the records of Lee Sonnier, whose arrangements were more expansive, finding steel guitar and other honky tonk flair fitting the accordion-driven Cajun two-step. Miller's next big star was Jimmy Newman, who veered a little closer to country than Cajun, a direction corrected by Chuck Guillory, who was more purely Cajun than Newman and who nevertheless sang with the fiddler. Miller continued to find talent that straddled the line from Cajun to country, sometimes discovering singers like Terry Clement who could do both sides of the line, and if he never quite struck gold, what he wound up doing was establishing the sound and sensibility of recorded Cajun music. Certainly, this has been apparent in the decades that followed the music collected here, but no one set has ever rounded up all of his groundbreaking sides as Acadian All Star Special does. There may be a hint of musty academia to its presentation, but given the effort behind this three-disc set, it's only fair that the compilers feel the necessity to show their work. It is impressive and it winds up being one of the essential releases in Cajun and American mid-century roots music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2011
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127172068
catalogNumber: 2717206
Rank: 140258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Guillory   Fiddle,Vocals
Shirley Bergeron   Guitar
Louis Fournerat   Steel Guitar
Doc Guidry   Vocals
Adam Hebert   Fiddle,Vocals
Shelton Manuel   Fiddle,Vocals
Austin Pitre   Accordion,Vocals
Aldus Roger   Accordion
Wallace Touchet   Fiddle
Ophy Breaux   Fiddle,Vocals
Leroy "Happy Fats" LeBlanc   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Alphée Bergeron   Accordion
Robert Bertrand   Fiddle,Vocals
Pee Wee Broussard   Accordion,Vocals
Papa Cairo   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Happy Fats   Vocals
Ronald R. "Pee Wee" Lyons   Steel Guitar
Curzy "Porkchop" Roy   Drums
Oran "Doc" Guidry   Fiddle,Vocals
Amadie Breaux   Accordion,Vocals
Abe Manuel   Fiddle,Vocals
Milton Molitor   Accordion,Vocals
Austin Pete   Vocals
Jimmy Newman   Guitar,Vocals
Lee Sonnier   Accordion
Cleveland Mire   Accordion
Farrel "Benny" Fruge   Piano
Eula Mae Fruge   Guitar
Elwood Dupuis   Vocals
David Roger   Drums
Dalton Delcambre   Steel Guitar
Charles "Pete" Choate   Bass
Calvin Holloway   Vocals
Bruce Broussard   Vocals
Bobby Leger   Accordion
Blackie Dartez   Guitar,Vocals
Blackie Broussard   Vocals
Amadus Adams   Accordion
Aldus Broussard   Fiddle,Vocals
Roy Morgan   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Goudreaux   Drums
Red Fabacher   Steel Guitar
Purvis Clement   Fiddle,Vocals
Marshall Arceneaux   Guitar,Vocals
Louis Spell   Accordion
Louis Noel   Guitar,Vocals
Lionel Cormier   Accordion
Leroy Leger   Drums
Lawrence "Blackie" Fruge   Fiddle
Laura Broussard   Vocals
Larry Miller   Steel Guitar
Johnny Redlich   Vocals
Jimmy Choates   Fiddle
Jerry Dugas   Steel Guitar
Jake Mire   Guitar
Jack LeBlanc   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Howard Mire   Vocals
Willie Porter   Steel Guitar
Theo Dugas   Fiddle
Terry Clement   Accordion
Tan Benoit   Drums

Technical Credits

Johnnie Allan   Illustrations
Doc Guidry   Composer
J.D. Miller   Composer
Dave Sax   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Jay Miller   Producer
Alphée Bergeron   Composer
Pee Wee Broussard   Composer
Happy Fats   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Daniel Gersdorf   Photo Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
J. Newman   Composer
Amadie Breaux   Composer
Austin Pete   Composer
Leroy Leblanc   Composer
Lee Sonnier   Composer
Beatrice Arnaud   Composer
Andrew Broan   Liner Notes
Amadus Adams   Composer
Lyle Ferbrache   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Louis Spell   Composer
Lionel Cormier   Composer
Laura Broussard   Composer
Jack LeBlanc   Composer
Howard Mire   Composer

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