||California Cajun Orchestra|
Not Lonesome Anymore (1991)
Photographer: Heather Hafleigh.
Personnel: Sue Thompson , Suzy Thompson (vocals, fiddle); Danny Poullard (vocals, accordion); Charlie St. Mary, Andrew Carriere (vocals); Eric Thompson (guitar); Kevin Wimmer (fiddle); Sam Siggins (drums).
Audio Mixers: Jody Stecher; Suzy Thompson; Bob Shumaker .
El Indio (1962)
SHM Mini lp sleeve. Includes the 2 bonus tracks 'Beyond All Our Sorrows' and 'Tired of Being Alone'
Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz.
Compilation producer: Chris Strachwitz.
Personnel: Isidro Lopez (vocals, alto saxophone); Cachao (vocals, alto saxophone); Tony de la Rosa (vocals, ...
||Tejano Roots: Orquestas Tejanas: The Formative... (1992) 1947-60|
These are small combos and orchestras which played for the more formal dances. Some are slick, some very primitive, with varying arrangements. There's a much more urban sound to these. The time period covered is 1946-66. ~ Cliff Martin
||Nathan Abshire / Nathan Abshire & The Pinegrove Boys|
French Blues (1993)
Highly influential Cajun hits, recorded between 1949 and 1956, but sounding for all the world as if they were cut two or three decades earlier, both sonically and musically. This is fiddle- and accordion-driven party music, pure and simple, and ...
Fiddle King of Cajun Swing (1982)
FIDDLE KING OF CAJUN SWING is a collection of singles/b-sides that Harry Choates recorded for the Gold Star and Cajun Classics labels.
Fiddle King of Cajun Swing is a 26-track collection featuring most of Harry Choates' finest recordings. All of the ...
||Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band|
Home Music with Spirits (1981)
Contains selections from the LPs HOME MUSIC and WITH SPIRITS.
Home Music With Spirits compiles highlights from the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band's first three albums, making it an excellent introduction to the husband/wife duo. ~ Thom Owens
Personnel: Jeannie McLerie, Ann Savoy (vocals, ...
Mad Reel (1994)
Principally recorded at Master Trak Studios, Crowley, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz and Nicholas R. Spitzer.
THE MAD REEL includes the soundtrack to the film BELIZAIRE THE CAJUN.
Producers: Chris Strachwitz, Michael Doucet, Howard Shore.
Personnel: Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle, accordion); ...
Jolie Blonde (1993)
These '60s recordings came about as a result of Chris Strachwitz tracking down fiddler Luderin Darbone in Louisiana in 1963. The Hackberry Ramblers had not recorded for years, but assembled again for some sessions in both the Goldband Studio and ...
||New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra|
Creole Belles (1994)
Recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 17 & 19, 1971 and at Southlake Recording Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana on February 7, 1988 and November 24, 1989. Includes liner notes by Lars Edegran, William Russell, and William Schafer.
Norwegian transplant Lars ...
||Chulas Fronteras & Del Mero Corazon (1976) Original Soundtrack|
Editor: Chris Strachwitz.
Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
Translators: Guillermo Hernandez; Juanita Salem; Prof. James Nicolopulos; Yolanda Hernández; Zack Salem; Leticia del Toro; Maureen Gosling.
Arranger: Lydia Mendoza.
Personnel: Rubén Castillo Juárez, Ruben Valdez, Chavela Ortiz, Leo Garza (vocals, accordion); Ricardo Mejía, Andres Berlanga, Ramiro Cavazos ...
Opelousas Waltz (1997)
Personnel" Austin Pitre (vocals, fiddle, accordion); Preston Manuel (guitar);
J. W. Pelsia (steel guitar); Alan Ardoin, Will Balfa (fiddle); James Pitre (drums).
Recorded in Austin Pitre's garage on May 13, 1971 and live at The Silver Star, Opelousas, Louisiana on May 8, ...
||Savoy-Smith Cajun Band|
Now & Then (1996)
Track Listing: Evangeline Playboys Special; Rainbow Waltz; Wee Pee Special; Old Carpenter's Waltz / Contredanse De Mamou; Blues de Basile; Walker Special; C'Est un Pecher de Dire un Menterie; Le Moulin Casse; Savoy Family Waltz; Choupique; One-Step Des McGees / ...
Best of Beausoleil (1997)
Recorded in Crowley, Louisiana; Savoy Music Center, Eunice, Louisiana; Alameda, California; and St. Mary's Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana from May 19, 1981 to May 1, 1989.
In his introductory notes to Arhoolie Records' THE BEST OF BEAUSOLEIL, band leader Michael Doucet ...
Grand Texas (1998)
Most of this 26-song compilation is devoted to two sessions from the 1980s. The first eleven tracks are from 1982, with a band including Michael and David Doucet. It's spirited Cajun music with a relaxed and happy feel, with guitarist ...
Best of Flaco Jimenez (1999)
Flaco Jimenez's storied career saw him straddling the line between traditionalist and pioneer in the musical stew that was the border region of Texas. While well-known for his forays into popular music with fellow San Antonians Doug Sahm and Freddy ...
||Devil's Swing: Ballads from the Big Bend Country of the Texas-Mexican Border (2000) |
Recorded in Odessa, Texas and Toby's Custom Recording Studios, San Antomio, Texas. Includes liner notes by James Nicolopulos.
These 19 performances in traditional Tejano styles were recorded in the mid- to late '90s during the making of the documentary film The ...
||Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band|
Sam's Big Rooster (2000)
Principally recorded at Studio Savoie Faire, Eunice, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Duck Baker and Ann Savoy.
It is because of people like this that the future of Cajun music is secure, and this is because they have built a solid ...
Live at Grant Street (2000)
Clifton Chenier recorded this 73-minute performance in Lafayette, LA, on April 28, 1981, backed by the Red Hot Louisiana Band. That group featured Cleveland Chenier on rub board, C.J. Chenier on alto sax, and Robert Peter on drums; oddly, the ...
||Cuban Danzon (1999) |
This Arhoolie Records compilation is a fascinating look at the early Cuban danzón, which evolved in the 1870s from the contradanza, becoming a distinctive creole blend of African rhythms with melodic elements drawn from the European country dance, or "contradance." ...
Editors: Chris Strachwitz; Zack Salem; Ignacio Orozco.
Translator: Zack Salem.
||South Texas Polka Party (1997)
Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
Recording information: Alice, TX; Los Angeles, CA; San Benito, TX.
Editor: Chris Strachwitz.
Photographers: Chris Strachwitz; Elizabeth Weil.
Fred's Hot Step (1997)
Track Listing: Fred's Hot Step; La Bouteille :: The Bottle; Pine Grove Blues; Chere Petite; Fifi Poncheaux; La Valse de Cajin; Lacassine Special; Louisiana Rambler's Waltz; Old Fashioned Two-Step; Quit Making a Fool of Myself; Chere Tout Toute; Pardon Waltz, ...
Grand Dad of the Country Guitar Pickers (1963)
Recorded over the course of 1969 and 1970, Grand Dad of the Country Pickers showcases the considerable talents of Sam McGee through exercises in gorgeous, fingerpicked parlor songs, blues guitar playing, banjo tunes, waltzes, and spirituals. Though the majority of ...
||Maya Y Cantu|
El Primero Conjunto Norteno Famoso 1946-1949 (1999)
This collection of '40s recordings is one of the essential items of historic norteño music, and not just because that style is misprinted as "nortneo" in huge typeface on the back page of the CD booklet. Jesus Maya and Timoteo ...
||Santiago Jimenez, Jr.|
El Corrido de Esequiel Hernandez: Tragedia de Redford (1999)
Besides a tejano collection of southwestern polkas, rancheras and cumbias led by bajo sexto guitar and Jimenez on accordion, this recording boasts two corridos (narrative ballads). One tells the tale of American student Eseqiuel Hernandez' demise (he was mistaken for ...