How's Bayou

Pardon My French

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This Cajun band hails from across the country on a diagonal from what is traditionally thought of as Cajun country, Seattle, WA. However, they can play the music and it would stand up to the regulars at Mulate's in Beaux Bridge or Prejeans in Lafayette. An enormous part of Cajun music has to do with the attitude with which it is played; it must be relaxed with the intent that the audience is going to have fun with the band. This band exhibits the relaxed attitude without losing focus on the quality of what they are playing. Their musicianship is top-notch. The vocals are treated and handled with great care to the tradition of Cajun music. Former band member Ben Lang straps on the electric guitar on the traditional "Cher Bebe" to assist them. Also, Al Berard, a veteran of playing with Sonny Landreth and the Traiteurs and Big Pecan and the Assorted Nuts, contributes fiddle (two cuts) and electric guitar (three cuts). Their treatment of the old-style Cajun dance numbers is scintillating. They are a powerful band fueled by the strong rhythm work of Jay Weaver on drums, Paul Mooney on guitar, and Mike Bristow on bass. The band receives its main drive and energy from the vibrant and progressive fiddling of Karen England and from Dave Lang on accordion. When England and Berard team up their fiddles on the first and last cuts of the disc, they tear down the walls. Like all Cajun bands, though, you probably have to see them in person to truly get their intensity and feeling. A very solid disc filled with good Cajun dance music played with a very traditional feel.

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