- Released: January 14, 1997
- Label: Rhino
Option - 5-6/97, p.93
"...there's plenty of evidence that Doucet's roots run deep....Doucet's track record is far better than most."
Musician - 3/97, pp.94-96
"...Two-steps and waltzes become whirlwinds of cajun bliss....brings a folk-acoustic sensibility to the repertoire of more traditional Cajun pioneers....A record that fully realizes the band's mission to throw down a Cajun dance on the crossroads of tradition and change."
- 1.Newz Reel
- 2.Les Blues de Creve de Faim
- 3.L'Amour Ou la Folie
- 4.It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (C'Est un Peche de Dire un Menterie)
- 5.Eunice Two-Step
- 8.Valse a Pop
- 9.Can't You See (Tu Vas Voir)
- 10.Les Blues de la Prison
- 11.Danse Caribe
- 12.Valse J'Aime
- 13.Courir Avec Walker
- 14.Ma Vie S'Est Arretee
Beausoleil: David Doucet (vocals, guitar); Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle); Al Tharp (banjo, bass); Jimmy Breaux (accordion); Billy Ware (vibraphone, percussion); Tommy Alesi (drums).
Additional personnel: Augie Meyers (vocals, piano); Richard Thompson (acoustic & electric guitars); Bessyl Duhon (electric guitar, lap steel guitar); Murnel Babineaux (pedal steel guitar); Josh Graves (dobro); Tommy Comeaux (mandolin); Dr. Michael White (clarinet); Harry Simoneaux (saxophone); Dave Pellicciaro (piano, Hammond organ).
Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, Louisiana in April 1996. Includes liner notes by Michael Doucet.
L'AMOUR OU LA FOLIE won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Personnel: David Doucet (vocals, guitar); Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle); Augie Meyers (vocals, piano); Al Tharp (guitar, banjo); Richard Thompson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bessyl Duhon (electric guitar, lap steel guitar); Josh Graves (dobro); Tommy Comeaus (mandolin); Jimmy Breaux (accordion); Dr. Michael White (clarinet); Harry Simoneaux (saxophone); Billy Ware (vibraphone, percussion); Tommy Alesi (drums).
Audio Mixers: Michael Doucet; Tony Daigle.
Liner Note Authors: Michael Doucet; Sharon Arms Doucet.
Recording information: Dockside Studio, Maurice (09/23/1995).
Photographer: Robley Dupleix.
Translators: Michael Doucet; Sharon Arms Doucet.
Starting from their Cajun roots and working their way outward, fiddler/vocalist Michael Doucet and his progressive New Orleans cronies continue to update the Cajun tradition with touches of jazz, pop and world music. Richard Thompson contributes fiery electric guitar to the title tune, and adds some fine acoustic work to "Charivari." Tex-Mex legend Augie Meyers lends his voice and piano to his own composition "Can't You See," an R&B song done here with a zydeco lilt.
While Doucet's impassioned fiddle style is clearly grounded in the Cajun verities, as evidenced by the traditional "Les Blues De La Prison," the addition of instruments that fall quite outside the usual Cajun/zydeco milieu, such as lap steel, Hammond organ and clarinet, widen the scope of L'AMOUR DU LA FOLIE and makes for a perfect mixture of tradition and innovation.