Kings of Cajun features a single disc each from Cajun country legends Jimmy C. Newman and Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke, both of whom have had careers that straddle the line between straight Nashville country and the traditional bayou music of their native Louisiana. Newman had several country hits in the 1950s, including the often covered "Cry, Cry Darling," but his Cajun-tinged hit "Alligator Man" a decade later turned him increasingly in the direction of traditional Louisiana two-step material, although his approach was never strictly purist, as evidenced by the fuzz-tone guitar that dominates the version of "Big Mamou" that is included here. Burke, famous for his flamboyant fiddle style and supercharged live performances, had his first hit with the same "Big Mamou" tune in 1974, also included here. Burke's approach to things is probably best illustrated by his amped-up Cajun string band takes on fiddle classics "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and "Old Joe Clark." Both artists are more country than swamp, but only by degrees, and both have enjoyed revivals on the bluegrass festival circuit. ~ Steve Leggett
19825MJimmy C. Newman - Kings of Cajun (2-CD)http://oldies.s3.amazonaws.com/i/boxart/w340/13/37/030206133721.jpg18.9817.08USDOutOfStockVarese SarabandeCDFolk-MusicJimmy-C-Newman2007-05-08
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