Clifton Chenier

Clifton Chenier & Rockin' Dupsee

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These twenty tracks--eight by Chenier and a dozen by Dupsee--were all recorded by Jay Miller for his record labels. Chenier's tracks date from the late fifties. He'd already begun recording early in that decade, most notably for the Los Angeles-based Specialty label. While these songs are not as sonically rich as those Specialty sides, they do manage to capture him and his band as they perform with infectious abandon. He revisited some of this material later, and it's remarkable to hear one of his staples like "If I Ever Get Lucky" dancing about on its youngest legs.

Rockin' Dupsee recorded for Miller at the beginning of his career, with these tracks dating from 1970-1974. As with Chenier, he weds his native Cajun music to a strong and deep blues grooves. While he never achieved the same level of popular success as Chenier, Rockin' Dupsee was never short of committed and inviting in his music.

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