Bon Temps Toul Temps

Karlo Broussard

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Bon Temps Toul Temps Review

by Larry Belanger

One thing that the listener will notice first on this mostly traditional Cajun music compilation is the use of steel guitar. Randal Foreman is the man behind that special sound. The instrument is featured in full force on the album's two great dance instrumentals: "Standard Mill Two Step" written by Karlo Broussard and "Accordion Two Step," a traditional arrangement. The alternating solos by Foreman and Karlo Broussard on the accordion make for a smoking combination.

From the opening track "Lacasine Special," a traditional arrangement that really rocks "la maison" (the house) to the closing number "Les Haricots Sont Pas Sale's/Please Explain Melody," the classic tune that gave zydeco it's name, the band adds their own special spiced-up and soulful Cajun instrumentation.

On the strong country ballad "I'll Try One More Time," a tune that was penned by Al Ferry, Karlo Broussard does an excellent job on vocals. His style has a very George Jones-esque quality with a strength coming from his soulful expression of the lyrics. He is backed by the extremely talented group of musicians, Standard Time. As the rhythm section, Walter Broussard on rhythm guitar, Jody Viator on bass guitar, and Bryson Simoneaux lend their talents in building a solid foundation for all of the songs. Without such a tight band backing him, Karlo Broussard would find it difficult to project the fine traditional and original tunes included on Bon Temps Toul Temps. This album does not attempt to stray very far from traditional Cajun music; it sticks with the musical styles that many have grown to love and many strive to recapture. Karlo Broussard will help future generations continue to enjoy the culture and music of the Cajun heartland with his original songs, along with the traditional songs that he holds dear and performs so well. Thankfully, there are still some artists like Karlo Broussard who believe the past should not be lost and who do something to keep it fresh and alive. It may not always be "good times all the time," as the title of the album states, but with songs like these it sure sounds like the best of times for now.