Eddie LeJeune

Cajun Soul

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Although he had been singing traditional, evocative Cajun music for many years, Eddie LeJeune didn't record an album for a general label until this 1988 date. He made the most of his opportunity, singing with abandon, fervor and intensity on 15 tunes. Some, such as "Jolie Blon" (a CD-only cut), were familiar efforts; others had some country flavor, but were Cajun through and through. The backing, which included assistance from the great D.L. Menard on guitar and LeJeune's own spicy accordion, never veered from its straight Cajun path and was quite invigorating. The lack of thematic and musical variety might have been a detriment to the session's appeal outside Cajun circles, but within them it was a winner.

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