Dennis McGee

Complete Early Recordings 1929-1930

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Revered as a pioneer of traditional Cajun music, fiddler and vocalist Dennis McGee (1893-1989) was posthumously honored in 1994 with a 26-track Yazoo compilation focusing upon his early recordings, waxed in New Orleans during the years 1929-1930, with fiddlers Ernest Fruge and McGee's brother-in-law Sady Courville. Fortunately, the ancient 78 rpm pressings were cleaned up using noise reduction technology. This will allow post-postmodern listeners to relax and enjoy music recorded so long ago. In addition to traditional Acadian songs, this assortment of old-fashioned performances includes the lively one-step and 2-step dances, various waltzes, a Cajun reel, and one melody designated as a blues, although in truth the blues element is strongly present throughout all of McGee's recorded works. With its roots in France, Nova Scotia, and the swamps of Louisiana, this rugged, at times hauntingly beautiful music has a magical quality all its own. It will sound best when heard while driving on dirt roads or steaming up the kitchen during spicy food preparation.

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