Various Artists – Boppin’ by the Bayou Again


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Release Date:  2013

Label:  Ace UK


Track List

1. Rocket Morgan – You’re Humbuggin’ Me
2. Pee Wee Trahan – Bop And Rock Tonight
3. Perry La Pointe & The Orange Playboys – B.O. Rock
4. Vince Anthony – Too Hot To Handle
5. Gene Terry – Fine Fine Fine (Alt Version)
6. Mickey Gilley – I Ain’t Goin’ Home (Alt Version)
7. Milton Allen – Loving Hugging Kissing My Baby
8. Jay Chevalier & The Long Shots – Big Could (Pt 2)
9. Jim Oertling & The Bayou Boys – Old Moss Back
10. Cajun Joe – Going Back To Cocodrille
11. Al Ferrier – Honey Baby (Slow Version)
12. Pee Wee Trahan – I’m Gonna Learn
13. Tony Perreau – Kissin’ Kin
14. J.C. Politz With The Kings Of Swing – Crazy Feeling
15. Jay Chevalier – Billy Cannon
16. Glen Owens – Got A Right To Cry
17. Teen Hearts – Arelia
18. Johnny Jano – Rock And Roll Baby
19. Rusty Kershaw – Carry On
20. Bert Bradley & His Louisiana Cajuns – The Girl In The Tight Blue Jeans
21. Al Ferrier – Send Her Back
22. Rod Bernard – Pardon Mr Gordon (Alt Version)
23. Warren Storm – Oh Nell
24. Jim Oertling – Back Forty
25. Jay Chevalier – Castro Rock (Alt Version)
26. Johnny Jano – Rock-A-Me Lulu
27. Wiley Jeffers – She’s Coming Back Again
28. Robert Owens – Whose Baby Are You



Ace’s second collection of swinging rockabilly and Cajun rock & roll from the depths of southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas, Boppin’ by the Bayou Again maintains the high standards of its 2012 predecessor. A good chunk of these 28 songs is unreleased — 12 songs, to be precise, all coming from the vaults of J.D. Miller and Eddie Shuler — and the rest popped up on such regional imprints as Crazy Cajun, Hilton, Zynn, Hammond, Goldband, and Pel. Apart from Rusty Kershaw and Mickey Gilley (and perhaps Al Ferrier), there are no big names here (some performers remain a mystery to history), nor were any of these songs subjected to popularity through latter-day covers, either. This music was about a specific moment — specifically, the music made in the wake of Elvis Presley and before the British Invasion — and the songs live in that specific moment, still capturing that backwoods hillbilly boogie and swing. With their reverb twang still echoing, these sides still sound alive and jumping. Much of this rock & roll and hyper-kinetic Cajun music wound up morphing into stomping swamp pop a few years down the line, and what’s appealing about the music on Boppin’ by the Bayou Again is its primitive nature. These cats still had one foot in the Cajun woods but were enraptured by rock & roll, and there’s a joy to be had hearing the joy they have making noise.   Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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