Savoy Family Band – Turn Loose But Don’t let Go


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Release Date:  2007

Label:  Arhoolie Records


Track List

1. Crowley Two Step
2. Tous Les Soirs Quand Ca Fait Noir
3. ‘Tite Robe Courte
4. Baby and the Gambler
5. Je Me Sens Comme Une Pauvre Orpheline (I Feel Like a Poor Orphan Girl)
6. I’ll Be Lonely (Je Vas M’ennuyer)
7. Rockin’ Chair Two Step
8. Sugar Bee
9. Madame Atchen
10. Rosa, Tomorrow Is Not Sunday (Adieu Rosa)
11. You’re So Easy to Love
12. Valse de Reeds (Reed’s Waltz)
13. Two Step de Prairie Soileau
14. You Don’t Know Me (Tu Me Connais Pas)
15. Cheese Cloth



  • Marc Savoy – accordion
  • Ann Savoy – guitars, vocals, triangle tracks 6,10,11
  • Wilson Savoy – piano, vocals, fiddle tracks 10,12, accordion track 5
  • Joel Savoy – fiddle, guitar track 14
  • Steve Riley – drums track 13
  • Drew Simon – drums tracks 3,8,11



From the Savoy Family Band — home of some of the greatest lineage players in Cajun music as well as some ardent historians of the genre — comes this great collection of old pieces. Many of these pieces are relative unknowns even within the genre, given the age and almost oral-history level of culture behind the passing of a song to a new musician. In the hands of the Savoys, though, with representatives for both older and younger generations, the songs are given some new life. Whereas the few recordings of these pieces that do exist are generally in overly scratchy archival sets, there’s some new life given to the numbers by the family. The album opens up with a great old Joe Falcon piece, moving into a more reserved love song and a simple piece of dancehall fun that showcases son Wilson’s singing. Some Cajun blues make an appearance, and a sad song from Belton Richard. A few songs later, listeners get the first of two pieces originally (or almost originally) from the great Amédé Ardoin, with justice done to them by the family. Some religious-based music, another Belton Richard number, and a nice waltz later, and the album closes out with a fiery piece, again from Ardoin, that simply won’t let the dancers slow down. An excellent outing from one of Cajun music’s first families.

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