The Bluerunners

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The membership of the Cajun fusion band Bluerunners hail from southwestern Louisiana. They brought something new to the musical mix of their Cajun heritage, incorporating traditional music with rock & roll, zydeco, blues, and funk. Their sound has been likened to Los Lobos, except the language of choice is French rather than Spanish. The Bluerunners have continued to evolve during their decade-long existence. This CD, recorded in 1991, gives listeners a chance to see where the group came from musically, and hints at where it was going. Their eponymous CD has a decidedly country Cajun flavor, with material written by its leaders, Mark Meaux and Steven Le Blanc. Some unique instrumentation, such as the rub board of the zydeco tradition, has already made its presence known, along with electric guitar playing rock & roll licks. Tunes like "Butterbean" and "Viens Avec Moi" speak to the past, while "Ramblin'" and "Hellride" point toward the future. Cajun country has become roots music with attitude. The critics and listeners responded enthusiastically to the release; the dancers hit the dancefloor; and a group named after a local fish was launched into the sea of interesting music coming out of Acadiana.

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