Various Artists – More Cajun Music and Zydeco


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Release Date:  1995

Label:  Rounder Records


Track List

1 –Amédé Ardoin & Dennis McGee – Madam Atchen
2 –McCauley, Reed & Vidrine – Rosalie
3 –David Greely – La Malheureuse
4 –Hackberry Ramblers – Old Pipeliner
5 –Balfa Brothers – Two Step De L’Anse Aux Pailles
6 –Balfa Toujours – Pop, Tu Me Parles Toujours
7 –Jimmy Peters And Ring Dance Singers – Grand Bois Zydeco
8 –Clifton Chenier – Joséphine Par Se Ma Femme (“Josephine Is Not My Wife”)
9 –D. L. Menard – Je Peux Pas T’oublier
10 –John Delafose – Poor Man’s Two-Step
11 –Jesse Stafford – Je M’endors
12 –Beausoleil – Je M’endors
13 –Jo-El Sonnier – Allons À Lafayette
14 –Zydeco Force – I’m On My Way
15 –Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys – Old Home Waltz
16 –Boozoo Chavis – Johnny Billy Goat
17 –Zachary Richard – La Ballade De Howard Hébert
18 –Nathan Williams And The Zydeco Cha-Chas – Follow Me, Chicken
19 –Wayne Toups – Zydeco Est Pas Salé
20 –Bois-sec And Canray – Jongle À Moi



The Rounder anthology, –More Cajun Music and Zydeco is aimed at the hardcore fan. Only three of the 20 tracks on this single-CD collection are from other Rounder albums; most of the rest are from small Louisiana labels which are hard to track down outside the state, and the climactic live duet between Bois-Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot has never been released before. The cuts were chosen by Philip Gould and Barry Jean Ancelet as a complement to their 1992 book from the LSU Press, Cajun Music and Zydeco. By emphasizing swamp music which makes few concessions to American mainstream pop, the compilers have zeroed in on the essence of French Louisiana culture.

The French lyrics, the raw nasal cries, the bleating squeeze box riffs, the sawing fiddles, the washboard polyrhythms all make this music as forbidding, distinctive and ultimately rewarding as Appalachian string-band music or Mississippi Delta blues. Three recordings from the ’30s provide the historical set-up for classic singles from D.L. Menard and Clifton Chenier and brilliant modern tracks by Beausoleil, Boozoo Chavis and David Greely. Rodney Crowell even makes a guest appearance on the Hackberry Ramblers’ rollicking, Cajun-swing version of “Old Pipeliner.” As good as the individual performances are, it’s the complete story told by all 20 cuts together which makes this such a special package. Gould’s striking photographs and Ancelet’s knowing liner notes add to the class of this project.

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