Various Artists – Cajun String Bands-The 1930’s-Cajun Breakdown

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Release Date:  1997

Label:  Arhoolie Records

 

Track List

1 –Leo Soileau & His Aces – Ma Jolie Petite Fille
2 –Leo Soileau & His Aces – La Bonne Valse
3 –Leo Soileau & His Aces – La Blues De Port Arthur
4 –Leo Soileau & His Aces – Quand Je Suis Bleu
5 –J. B. Fuselier With Miller’s Merrymakers – Chere Tu Tu
6 –J. B. Fuselier With Miller’s Merrymakers – Round-Up Hop
7 –J. B. Fuselier With Miller’s Merrymakers – Anna Mae Waltz
8 –J. B. Fuselier With Miller’s Merrymakers – Cajun Breakdown
9 –J. B. Fuselier With Miller’s Merrymakers – Ma Julie Noir So
10 –J. B. Fuselier With His Merrymakers – Redell Breakdown
11 –J. B. Fuselier With His Merrymakers – Ma Chere Basett
12 –J. B. Fuselier With His Merrymakers – Ponce A Moir
13 –J. B. Fuselier With Miller’s Merrymakers – Elton Two-Step
14 –J. B. Fuselier With His Merrymakers – La Valse De Rebot
15 –J. B. Fuselier With His Merrymakers – Gueydan Two-Step
16 –Clifford Breaux – Pourquoi Que Tu Laise Moi
17 –Clifford Breaux – Continuez De Sonner
18 –Dixie Ramblers – Dixie’s Hottest (High Society)
19 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – Ma Chere Belle
20 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – Shreve Breakdown
21 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – Rambling
22 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – Oh Josephine, My Josephine
23 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – Se Pas La Pan
24 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – French Two-Step
25 –Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers – My Little Girl

 

Notes

25 Cajun tracks from the 1930s, reflecting the transition of Cajun music to arrangements that placed the fiddle at the fore and did away with the accordion. Almost half of the cuts belong to J.B. Fuselier, with four by Leo Soileau, one by the Dixie Ramblers, and seven by Luderin Darbone, fiddler of the Hackberry Ramblers (who back him on the selections here). Fuselier sounds like early Western swing with a Cajun fiddle; Clifford Breaux has a rawer, lazier charm, particularly on “Continuez de Sonner.” There’s a lot of spontaneity in these sessions, with unpredictable calls that sound like cousins to the ones that dotted Bob Wills’ arrangements. This compilation is of considerable value to enthusiasts of Cajun ’30s music, or early roots music in general.

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