Various Artists – Travailler, C’est Trop Dur: The Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent (2 CD Set)


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Release Date:  2018

Label:  Swallow Records


Track List

Disc One

  1. Caesar Vincent, Sam Broussard And Barry Jean Ancelet – Là Bas Oh Dans Ces Bois
  2. Roddie Romero, Barry Jean Ancelet, Zachary Richard, Wayne Toups – Avec Sa Mary Jane Et Du Coton Du Nord
  3. Zachary Richard And Roddie Romero – La Fille Aux Oranges
  4. Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys – Mon Aimable Catin
  5. Anna Laura Edmiston – Les Anneaux De Marianson
  6. Megan Brown And Kelli Jones – La Fille Triste Et Désolée
  7. Bonsoir, Catin – Il Y A Une Fille À Marier
  8. Jourdan Thibodeaux And Cedric Watson – Tobie Lapierre
  9. Feufollet L’école – Du Roi
  10. Les Étoiles de la Louisiane – Laissez-moi-t-aller Jouer

Disc Two

  1. Ann Savoy And Jane Vidrine – La Belle Et Le Capitaine
  2. Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys – La Belle En Danger De Mourir
  3. David Doucet – Amour Trompeur, Grand Amuseur De Fille
  4. Lafayette Rhythm Devils – La Valse Du Vieux Ropopio
  5. David Greely – Sur Le Bord Du Vaisseau
  6. Blake Miller And Amelia Biere – Les Amours Et Les Beaux Jours
  7. Josh Caffery And Claire Caffery – Quand Ils Ont Coupé Le Vieux Arbre De Pin
  8. Babineaux Sisters – Triste Louisiane
  9. Ann Savoy And Jane Vidrine – Moi, Je Ne Serai Qu’à Celui Que Mon Coeur Aime
  10. Caesar Vincent – Travailler, C’est Trop Dur



About the time you’d think all of the discoveries in Cajun music had been made, along comes obscure balladeer Caesar Vincent (1882–1970) with his encyclopedic repertoire of ancient French songs. He’s credited for the first known recording of “Travailler, C’est Trop Dur” (recorded in 1957 by Dr. Harry Oster) which has become iconic in the Francophone world. Awhile back, ULL Professor Emeritus Barry Ancelet pondered what else Vincent recorded and discovered this a cappella treasure trove in his university’s archives.

On this two-disc tribute, 20 of Vincent’s songs spring to life with astounding new interpretations done by approximately 60 Acadiana musicians. A few, like those by fiddler David Greely and guitar flat-picker David Doucet, are imaginably what Vincent would have sounded like if accompanied by an instrumentalist. Though contributions by Steve Riley, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils and Bonsoir, Catin are accordion-fiddle driven, stylistically, other interpretations vary considerably. Anna Laura Edmiston sings a 25-verse murder ballad, “Les anneaux de Marianson,” in perfect pitch over a surreal ambience. Feufollet, Megan Brown and Kelli Jones reimagine Vincent as an indie-pop rocker with a penchant for tuneful melodies. “Avec Sa Mary Jane et du coton du nord” finds Roddie Romero, Zachary Richard, Wayne Toups and Ancelet riding a cool funky groove propelled by bassist Lee Allen Zeno and drummer Curley Taylor.

Sam Broussard’s rendition of “Là bas oh dans ces bois” is simply brilliant. Broussard ingeniously overdubbed his jaw-dropping guitar wizardry, percussion and harmony vocals to accompany Vincent’s singing.

When it came time to record “Travailler, C’est Trop Dur,” Richard proposed using Vincent’s original field recording instead of creating yet another new version. “Why don’t we let the man have his own song back?” he asked, thus bringing the decades-long, worldwide odyssey back to the man who inspired it all. Dan Willging- Offbeat



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