Various Artists

Southern Style: Cajun

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Cajun music was born in southwest Louisiana, brought by the French by way of Nova Scotia and New Orleans, and was, in turn, influenced by later European immigrant groups, especially the Germans, who introduced the little diatonic button accordion, which joined the fiddle as the backbone of traditional Cajun dance bands. What makes Cajun music different from zydeco, since both feature accordions, is that zydeco generally foregoes fiddles for horns and follows an R&B path to the dance floor, while Cajun usually embraces fiddles and takes a country 2-step path to the same floor. This fine collection features mid-period Cajun artists from the late '50s, including the great Rufus Thibodeaux, whose "Sidewalk Waltz" and "The Prisoner's Song," both included here, clearly show the unique twin fiddle/accordion base of this fascinating music, as well as its strong pop-country leanings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 2:52
3 3:29
4
3:27
5 2:49
6
3:09
7
3:00
8 2:24
9
2:39
10 2:36
11
3:01
12 2:31
13 2:44
14
2:13
15 1:21
16
3:13
17
3:06
18
2:17
19
3:17
20
3:15
21 2:39
22
2:34
23
2:58
24 2:36
25
2:57
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