Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings, Volume 2

by Various Artists
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CD Details

  • Released: February 12, 2013
  • Label: Arhoolie Records

Tracks:

  • 1.Elton Two Step - Blackie
  • 2.La Robe Barre - Blackie
  • 3.Midnight Blues - Cleveland Crochet
  • 4.Sha Meon Waltz - Cleveland Crochet
  • 5.Boora Rhumba - Nathan Abshire
  • 6.Madame Sostan - Lawrence Walker
  • 7.Brunette Two Step - Lawrence Walker
  • 8.Scrambled Eggs - Sandy Austin
  • 9.Tell Me If You Love Me - Virgel Bozman String Band
  • 10.Belle Isle Waltz - Jimmy Choates
  • 11.Lonesome For You - Jimmy Choates
  • 12.Chere Petite Blun - Vincent & Cagley
  • 13.Shoe Pick Waltz - Amar Devillier
  • 14.Durald Two Step - Amar Devillier
  • 15.Two Step De Kindergarden - Elise Deshotel
  • 16.Chere Vere Naig - Shuk Richard
  • 17.Chere Ami Waltz - The Musical Four Plus One
  • 18.La Prison - Oklahoma Tornadoes
  • 19.The Cameron Waltz - Virgel Bozman String Band
  • 20.Jennings Two Step - Ernest Tipidoe French Band
  • 21.Bayou Chico Waltz - Wilson Granger
  • 22.Hathaway Two Step - Nathan Abshire & Band
  • 23.Iowa Two Step - Tan Benoit
  • 24.Gueydon Waltz - Tan Benoit French Band
  • 25.Lake Charles Two Step - Nathan Abshire
  • 26.Grand Mamou - Nathan Abshire
  • 27.Two Step De Avalon - Elise Deshotel

Product Description:

Drawn from the vaults of the Khoury's label and its Lyric Records subsidiary, the 26 sides here date from the late 1940's and early 1950's. This is some of the best documentation available of what was a thriving music scene, spawned by the absence of younger players during the mid-1940's (they were off fighting the war), leaving the field to older musicians, who played Cajun music and found an audience in local clubs and an outlet in these two labels. Nathan Abshire's 1949 hit "Pinegrove Blues" got the ball rolling, and all of the 26 sides here (including Abshire's "Crying Pinegrove Blues") were spawned from that beginning. The sides here, in addition to Abshire's "Crying Pinegrove Blues," include various waltzes, stomps and blues laments by the Texas Melody Boys, Harry Choates ("Valse de Lake Charles," "Jolie Blon's Gone"), Floyd LeBlanc, Elise Deshotel with Dewey Balfa (his first four records), Lawrence Walker (his five earliest sides), and Shuk Richard and Marie Falcon. The focus may be history, but sound is also astonishingly good, incidentally. ~ Bruce Eder
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