BeauSoleil Hot Chili Mama
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- Released: December 2, 1993
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 1.Acadian Two-Step
- 2.Bon Temps Rouler, Les
- 3.Joe Pitre's So Bad
- 4.Canray's Contredanse
- 5.Chanson de Cinquante Sous, La
- 6.Je Veux Me Marier
- 7.Chanson de Sagesse
- 8.Hot Chili Mama
- 9.Je Suis Marie a Vec une, Mais en Amour a Vec une Autre
- 10.The Mosquito That Ate up My Sweetheart in New Iberia Polka
- 11.Grand Mallet
- 13.Oberlin Two-Step
Personnel: David Doucet (vocals, guitar); Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle); Pat Reaux (accordion, saxophone); Beth Weil (acoustic bass); Bill Ware (percussion).
Producer: Chris Strachwitz, Michael Doucet.
Recorded at Bay Records, Alameda, California. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz.
Personnel: Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle); David Doucet (vocals, guitar); Pat Breaux (accordion, saxophone); Elizabeth Weil (upright bass); Billy Ware (drums, rub-board, spoons, triangle, percussion); Tommy Alesi (drums).
Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
Recording information: Bay Records Studio, Alameda, CA (04/1987).
Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
Unknown Contributor Role: Sharon Arms Doucet.
Arrangers: David Doucet; Hector Duhon; Luderin Darbone; Michael Doucet; Am‚d‚ Ardoin.
Beausoleil has been steadily releasing albums of indigenous Louisiana music since the mid-'70s. Led by the incendiary fiddle playing of founding member Michael Doucet, the group draws on Cajun (a hybrid of American country and traditional French folk songs), zydeco (a hybrid of Cajun and R&B), rock, jazz, and blues. Though each of Beausoleil's releases is supremely roots-conscious, some, such as HOT CHILI MAMA, represent the spectrum of the group's influences.
Such conventional Cajun material as "Le Bons Temps Rouler Waltz" and the spicy, danceable title cut, which features standard zydeco percussion such as rubboard, triangle and spoons, alternate with touches of calypso ("La Chanson De Cinquante Sous"), and even a tongue-in-cheek stab at klezmer gumbo ("The Mosquito That Ate Up My Sweetheart in New Iberia Polka"). Fertile fiddle and accordion interplay and, of course, French lyrics bring the music's rich history to the fore, while the band's adventurous and vigorous approach makes these songs anything but museum pieces. HOT CHILI MAMA is one of Beausoleil's best, most representative efforts.
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