Cajun Music: The Essential Collection

Cajun Music: The Essential Collection




An installment of Rounder's 30th anniversary celebration, this album showcases the best of Cajun music available on the label since the beginning. This album, like its zydeco counterpart, attempts to cover all of the major aspects of Cajun music over the course of the track listings. Here, the time line stretches from the very beginnings of Cajun with a cover of Amédé Ardoin's old work by Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, up to the present day in the Bluerunners' rock-informed sound, with all points in between touched upon. The fusion of Coteau provides a nice halfway point, with a deep influence of country thrown in, and the next group featuring Michael Doucet, Beausoleil, is also featured with an even higher step of fusion, with electric guitars working their way in. Where necessary, the accordions play a stunning bit of work, and the fiddles stay in the rhythmic accompaniment section. Where necessary again, the vocals take a strong stance in front of the instrument lines. All of the greats of contemporary Cajun music are represented with a song or two, and all of the styles that have come and gone over the history of Cajun are represented by an artist or two. As far as introductions to the genre are concerned, this album is certainly a worthwhile pick. For someone already acquainted with Cajun music, the album may perhaps be better passed up in favor of single-artist albums by the artists on the compilation for further breadth.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661160422
catalogNumber: 611604


  1. La Jalouserie (Jealousy)
  2. Evangeline Special
  3. Les Conseils J'Ai Écouté
  4. La Femme Que J'Ai Jamais Oubilée
  5. Elle Savait Pas J'Etais Marié
  6. La Porte d'en Arriére
  7. Opelousas Sostan
  8. Au Bout de Chemin
  9. Pine Grove Blues
  10. Madame Bozo
  11. Dans la Louisiane
  12. Grand Mamou
  13. La Fleur de la Jeunesse
  14. Les Barres de la Prison
  15. J'Ai Vu le Loup, le Renard et la Belette
  16. Jolie Blon
  17. Je M'Ennuie de Toi
  18. Tes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir
  19. Valse de Opelousas

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Daigrepont   Vocals,Button Accordion
Michael Doucet   Fiddle,Vocals
Eddie LeJeune   Vocals,Button Accordion
Zachary Richard   Vocals,Button Accordion
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle
Jo-El Sonnier   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Button Accordion
Michael Palmer   Background Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar
Tommy Alesi   Drums
Christine Balfa   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tony Balfa   Bass
Berard   Fiddle,Vocals
Keith Blanchard   Drums
Dwayne Brasseaux   Bass
David Scott Cash   Piano
Danny Collet   Vocals,Button Accordion
Tommy Comeaux   Rhythm Guitar
Steve Conn   Piano
Steve Crossan   Bass
Geno Delafose   Vocals,Button Accordion
David Doucet   Guitar
Dan Drilling   Guitar
Bessyl Duhon   Button Accordion
Kevin Dugas   Drums
Ron Eoff   Bass Guitar
Gina Forsyth   Fiddle
Jonno Frishberg   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Button Accordion
Cruz Fruge   Drums,Background Vocals
Bill Goodwin   Drums
David Greely   Fiddle,Vocals
Charles Landry   Drums
Steve LeBlanc   Fiddle,Vocals
Lionel LeLeux   Violin
Bruce MacDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Hubert Maitre   Guitar
Joe McMahan   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Meaux   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
D.L. Menard   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy C. Newman   Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin
Dirk Powell   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Dave Ransom   Bass
Mitchell Reed   Fiddle
Ann Savoy   Guitar,Vocals
Peter Schwarz   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Errol Verret   Button Accordion
Jane Vidrine   Vocals
Randy Vidrine   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Wimmer   Fiddle
Adrian Huval   Button Accordion
Brian Brignac   Drums
Fabian Champagne   Guitar
Mike Lejeune   Drums
Jim Markway   Bass
Junior Martin   Steel Guitar
Danny Zeringue   Drums
Lois Sprague   Bass
Victor Palmer   Background Vocals
Steve Lafleur   Guitar,Vocals
Bennie Hasha   Bass
Frank Kincel   Drums
Courtney Granger   Fiddle,Vocals
Kenneth Blevins   Percussion,Drums
Gabrielle Newman   Bass,Vocals
Joe Rogers   Dobro,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Dewey Balfa   Arranger
Bruce Daigrepont   Producer
Michael Doucet   Arranger,Producer
Zachary Richard   Arranger,Producer
Jo-El Sonnier   Producer
Bluerunners   Producer
Sonny Landreth   Producer
Burkeman Balfa   Contributor
Christine Balfa   Contributor
Nelda Balfa   Contributor
Berard   Producer,Engineer
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Danny Collet   Producer
Steve Conn   Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Sue Daigrepont   Contributor
David Farrell   Engineer
Benny Graeff   Engineer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Rex Hebert   Engineer
Jesse Henderson   Engineer
Rex Herbert   Engineer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Ken Isham   Engineer
Rick Lagneaux   Engineer
Jimmy C. Newman   Producer
Tim O'Brien   Producer
Dirk Powell   Producer
Greg Robert   Engineer
Ann Savoy   Producer
Joel Savoy   Engineer
Peter Schwarz   Producer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Kelli Roberts   Contributor
Eddie Bodin   Engineer
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Stacey Huval   Contributor
Lois Sprague   Contributor
Steve Nails   Engineer
Christian Clayton   Illustrations

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