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Louisiana Spice

Louisiana Spice

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This CD is a delight for a DJ or party host wanting to serve up a gumbo of Louisiana music. Aptly titled Louisiana Spice, the two-volume set features musical artists from a variety of genres, from R&B to zydeco. The selections are guaranteed to raise the spirits of listeners. Those so inclined will be out on the dancefloor for tunes such as "That's Enough of


This CD is a delight for a DJ or party host wanting to serve up a gumbo of Louisiana music. Aptly titled Louisiana Spice, the two-volume set features musical artists from a variety of genres, from R&B to zydeco. The selections are guaranteed to raise the spirits of listeners. Those so inclined will be out on the dancefloor for tunes such as "That's Enough of That Stuff," performed by New Orleans' favorite Marcia Ball, and piano legend Chuck Carbo's "Meet Me at the Station." Limited to just 32 selections, Louisiana Spice necessarily has to omit many great musicians; still, this CD includes many of the best. The incomparable piano wizard James Booker plays his "Three Keys," only to be countered by the immortal ivory tickling of Professor Longhair on "Tipitina," and Eddie Bo on "Hard Times." The scorching guitar of Snooks Eaglin rings out. The velvety voice of New Orleans' Tan Canary Johnny Adams croons "Down That Lonely Road," while the New Orleans Queen of Soul, Irma Thomas, goes gospel with "Hold Onto God's Unchanging Hand." The unique carnival street music of the Mardi Gras Indians is represented with two traditional offerings from Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band conjures up "Mardi Gras in New Orleans." Champion Jack Dupree, long a European expatriate, extols the virtues of his "Hometown New Orleans," while Walter "Wolfman" Washington howls in "On the Prowl." Louisiana music from outside the city of New Orleans is well-represented by a number of Cajun and zydeco cuts. The artists are a veritable who's who of those genres. There are selections from the "Cajun Hank Williams" D.L. Menard; Grammy Award winners Beausoleil; Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys; good-time accordionist Bruce Daigrepont; and the legendary fiddler Dewey Balfa. Among the greats of zydeco who contribute are Boozoo Chavis, Buckwheat Zydeco, Geno Delafose, and Beau Jocque. While no one compilation could cover the depth and breadth of the state's music, this CD is a good start for appreciating spicy Louisiana music.

Product Details

Release Date:
Rounder / Umgd


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Snooks Eaglin   Guitar
John Mooney   Background Vocals
Jimmy Reed   Guitar
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   Guitar,Track Performer
Josh Graves   Dobro
Balfa Brothers   Track Performer
Dewey Balfa   Violin,Vocals
Beausoleil   Track Performer
Buckwheat Zydeco   Track Performer,Piano,Accordion
Bruce Daigrepont   Accordion,Rhythm Guitar,Triangle,Vocals,Track Performer
John Delafose   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Doucet   Fiddle,Percussion,Violin,Vocals
Eddie LeJeune   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Zachary Richard   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle
Jo-El Sonnier   Accordion,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Stewart   Bass
Eddie Bo   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Irma Thomas   Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Dagradi   Soprano Saxophone
Dirty Dozen Brass Band   Track Performer
David Torkanowsky   Keyboards
Tuts Washington   Piano,Track Performer
James Booker   Piano,Track Performer
Dalton Reed   Vocals,Track Performer
George Davis   Bass
Rebirth Brass Band   Percussion,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Breaux   Accordion
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas   Track Performer
Waylon Thibodeaux   Bass,Fiddle,Vocals
Beau Jocque   Accordion,Vocals
Lawrence Adams   Background Vocals,Bells
Johnny Adams   Vocals,Human Whistle,Track Performer
Tommy Alesi   Drums
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Drums
Rodney Balfa   Vocals
Tony Balfa   Guitar
Will Balfa   Violin
Classie Ballou   Bass
Lionel Batiste   Trumpet,Bass Drums
Lawrence Baulden   Bass
Chris Belleau   Trombone
James Benoit   Guitar
Russell Benoit   Bass
Sammy Berfect   Hammond Organ
Scott Billington   Percussion
Boozoo Chavis   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Doyle Bramhall   Drums
Shelton Broussard   Guitar
Anthony Brown   Guitar
Kerry Brown   Drums
Chuck Bush   Bass,Background Vocals
Joe Cabral   Tenor Saxophone
Trio Cadien   Track Performer
Chuck Carbo   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Steve "Skeeta" Charlot   Drums,Background Vocals
Charles Chavis   Vocals,Rub
Rellis Chavis   Drums
Jon Cleary   Synthesizer,Piano
Tommy Comeaux   Mandolin,Electric Bass,Steel Guitar
Cookie Cooke   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Crossan   Bass
Jack Cruz   Bass
Elijah Cudges   Rub
Geno Delafose   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
David Doucet   Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Vocals,Track Performer
Gregory Davis   Trumpet
Tony Delafose   Bass
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Tambourine,Vocals,Track Performer
Russell Dorion   Guitar
Dan Drilling   Guitar
Bessyl Duhon   Accordion
Kevin Dugas   Drums
Charles Elam   Background Vocals
Ron Eoff   Bass Guitar
Herman V. Ernest   Drums
David Farrell   Percussion
Tom Fitzpatrick   Tenor Saxophone
Nathaniel Fontenot   Guitar
Edward Frank   Piano
Dwight Franklin   Piano
Cruz Fruge   Drums,Background Vocals
Gator June   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Geechee   Drums,Background Vocals
Geenie   Conga,Background Vocals
David Greely   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Steve Howard   Trumpet
Derek Huston   Tenor Saxophone
Germaine Jack   Drums
Ralph Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Johnson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Nathaniel Jolivette   Drums
Leroy Jones   Trumpet
Charles Joseph   Trombone
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone
Wayne Killius   Drums
Billy Kilson   Drums
Bnois King   Background Vocals
Craig Klein   Trombone
Calvin Landry   Trumpet
Charles Landry   Drums
Carl LeBlanc   Guitar
Craig Lege   Keyboards
Sharon Leger   Vocals
Kenn Lending   Guitar
Ron Levy   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Professor Longhair   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Jenell Marshall   Vocals,Snare Drums
Joe McMahan   Acoustic Guitar
Leon Medica   Bass
D.L. Menard   Guitar,Track Performer
Ziggy Modeliste   Drums
Steve Nash   Rub
Jimmy C. Newman   Vocals,Track Performer
Walter Payton   Bass
Penney   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Matt Perkins   Percussion,Conga
David Peters   Drums
Wilfred Pierre   Background Vocals,Rub
Shannon Powell   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Pretty Queen   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Charles Prud'homme   Rhythm Guitar
Steve Riley   Fiddle,Accordion,Vocals
Eugene Ross   Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Sazon   Background Vocals
Peter Schwarz   Bass,Stick,Background Vocals
Chris Severin   Electric Bass
Tommy Shreve   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ken Smith   Fiddle
Tharp   Banjo,Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Guitar Thomas   Guitar
Michael Toles   Guitar
Efrem Towns   Trumpet
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Paul Williams   Guitar
Nathan Williams   Accordion,Vocals
Kermit "Champ" Young   Hammond Organ
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Lil' Brian   Track Performer
Chet Blakistone   Keyboards
Jimmy Domengeaux   Guitar
Kelli Roberts   Triangle
Michael Skinkus   Conga
Brian Terry   Accordion
Monk Boudreaux   Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jaimie Breaux   Percussion
Anthony Chenevert   Rub
Emerson "EJ" Jackson   Bass
Charles "Red" LaMark   Drums
Walter Payton   Bass
Earl J. Smith   Background Vocals
Patrick Terry   Guitar
Doctor John Wilson   Tenor Saxophone
Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers   Track Performer
David Murray   Guitar
Kevin Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Mark "Chuckie" Williams   Rub
Billy Ware   Percussion
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
James Andrews   Percussion,Conga
Don Bennett   Bass
Joe Rogers   Dobro

Technical Credits

Champion Jack Dupree   Composer
Bruce Daigrepont   Producer
Michael Doucet   Producer
Zachary Richard   Producer
Jo-El Sonnier   Producer
Irma Thomas   Producer
Dirty Dozen Brass Band   Producer
Terry Adams   Producer
John Berthelot   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer
Quint Davis   Producer
Gerard Dole   Producer
Edward Frank   Arranger
Ken Gorz   Producer
Jeff Hannusch   Producer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Ron Levy   Producer
D.L. Menard   Producer
Jimmy C. Newman   Producer
John Parsons   Producer
Ken Smith   Producer
Tharp   Producer
Lee Allen Zeno   Producer
Charles "Red" LaMark   Contributor
Louisa Hufstader   Compilation Coordinator

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Louisiana Spice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Unless you are already a real fan of Cajun and New Orleans music, this is a good way to dip your toe in the water and decide if you are interested in the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago