- Released: August 26, 2008
- Label: New Blues Records
- 1.Hey Baby I'm Home
- 2.That's What I Love About My Baby
- 3.I Need All the Help I Can Get
- 4.I Ain't Missin' Missin' You
- 5.After the Mardi Gras
- 6.If This Ain't the Real Thing
- 7.Somebody to Love
- 8.Young, Strong and Ready to Rock and Roll
- 9.Ragin' Little Cajun Love
- 10.Livin' on Love
Personnel: Wayne Toups (vocals, background vocals); Wayne Toups (accordion); Bob Henderson (guitar, saxophone, background vocals); Kip Bacque, Bobby Terry (electric guitar); Rick Lagneaus (keyboards, background vocals); Brian Perrin (keyboards); Nick Lewis (bass instrument); Brian Brignac (drums); Julie Malone, Tina Mitchell, Page Layman, Tina Mitchell, Tareva Henderson, Julie Malone, Yvonne Hodges, Kathy Burdick (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Pete Greene.
Recording information: Masterfonics, Nashville, TN; Twin Creeks.
Wayne Toups is a be-ponytailed wild man and a reverent but electrifying interpreter of classic Cajun music. Steeped in the musical culture of his rural Louisiana home, Toups and his fiery backing group spice their music with elements of southern soul, New Orleans brass band music, and even classic country. THE ESSENTIAL WAYNE TOUPS is a concise but potent compilation of 10 of Toups's best numbers, all performed with the insane brio of a bayou-bred Jerry Lee Lewis.