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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #68 Mar-Apr 2007

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Allons Boire Un Coup: A Collection Of Cajun And Creole Drinking Songs (Valcour)

This mostly wonderful collection of songs of intoxication and regret is, like the new Valcour label, partially the brainchild of Joel Savoy, son of Marc and Ann Savoy. A second-generation musician and folklorist, he’s recording his own generation’s take on Cajun music, which, reassuringly, sounds pretty much like it always has. But not entirely: Inspired by Steve Riley’s somewhat rockier approach, tradition sometimes gets pretty avant garde, as on Chris Stafford’s version of “Parlez-Nous A Boire”. Mostly, though, what you get is the freshness and enthusiasm of young people discovering traditional material, with bands such as the Pine Leaf Boys and Feufollet knocking off old standards “Drunkard’s Dream” and “Pine Grove Blues” like they were brand new. Occasionally a performance is more influenced by drinking than singing, but this collection, like Valcour’s other recent release by the young Creole fiddle-accordion duet of Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet, is a real pleasant surprise.

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