LaTouché III: On the Bayou

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La Touché have come up with another exciting formulated album on this 1994 release, III -- On the Bayou; incorporating a number of instrumental numbers that are powerful as well as entertaining. A fine example is "Lover's Waltz," which contains some smooth licks from the fiddle and accordion. Strains of the Celtic, French, and Louisiana bayou influences shine bright throughout this instrumental. "Potbelly Polka," which was penned by the group's guitarist, Eddy Deloney, is another instrumental that really swings. A great sample of blending the traditional with a new Louisiana sound can be heard on "Zimmerman." The short but oh so sweet "Taz's Two-Step" is a boogie woogie instrumental with a Southern rock feel. "Ti Joe Bicycle" will fit the bill with some great Cajun French lyrics and a full sound complemented by Clyde Thompson's fiddle playing. "Valse du Cable Raide" gets a Cajun boost from Wilson Touchet's magic accordion playing and his marvelous Cajun French vocals. "Cane Pole Fishin'," with its swamp boogie beat, is certain to be a dance club favorite, and the accordion and fiddle duet on the close of the tune is a nice touch. "Long Way Home," with its high energy Southern rock flavor, is a tune that could very easily be mistaken for a Lynyrd Skynyrd or a Charlie Daniels number. There is some hot picking from the lead guitar, courtesy of Deloney, that can be heard throughout the song. La Touché covers the traditional and the modern Louisiana music with a finesse that very few are capable of achieving, making this album a very desirable piece of work.

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