Various Artists

Cajun Honky Tonk

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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.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:48 Amazon
2 02:38 Amazon
3 03:03 Amazon
4 03:00 Amazon
5 02:08 Amazon
6 01:52 Amazon
7 02:49 Amazon
8 02:54 Amazon
9 02:51 Amazon
10 02:45 Amazon
11 02:48 Amazon
12 02:44 Amazon
13 03:05 Amazon
14 02:50 Amazon
15 03:13 Amazon
16
02:56 Amazon
17
02:29 Amazon
18 04:11 Amazon
19 02:52 Amazon
20 03:00 Amazon
21 03:04 Amazon
22 02:42 Amazon
23 02:47 Amazon
24 02:57 Amazon
25 02:24 Amazon
26 02:28 Amazon
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