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Re: Two steps and waltzes hardly anyone plays anymore

If you're interested in some relatively unknown, early Cajun pieces, consider the following:

The Complete Early Recordings Of Dennis McGee (Yazoo, 1994)
While Dennis can be found in a variety of other compilations, I chose this one since it covers the vast material he did with Courville and Fruge in one collection. It however does not contain the material with Ardoin or Lejeune.

Cajun Early Recordings (JSP, 2004)
Traditional and String Band eras. This 4CD set will really kick-off your Cajun music library. It covers plenty of early Falcon, Breaux, McGee Ardoin, Soileau, even Walker! The last CD is purely Hackberry Ramblers in all their glory.

CAJUN-Rare & Authentic (JSP 2008)
Traditional and String Band eras. Similar to JSP's early 2004 release, this one is just as essential. Materials you can't find in the first one, can be found here, including other McGee, Breaux, Falcon, and Ardoin materials, but also Segura, Dixie Ramblers, Jolly Boys, and several of Werner sessions, with some Hackberry Ramblers and Alley Boys as well.

Early American Cajun Music (Yazoo, 1999)
Traditional era. This covers the obscure recordings from north of Cajun country, by John Bertrand, Blind Uncle Gaspard and Delma Lachney. Distinctly different than the French which was being recorded at the time, this CD contains the most material from this group.

Let Me Play This For You: Rare Cajun Recordings (Tompkins Square, 2013)
Traditional era. This is really the only release to cover the material from Angelas Lejeune and the duo Percy Babineaux & Bixy Guidry in full glory. This contains the issues of Dennis with Angelas as well that the Yazoo is missing. Until 2013, most of this wasn't available to anyone. Mastered by my good friend Chris King.

and maybe this one too....

Cajun Country Volume 2: More Hits From The Swamp (JSP, 2005)
Traditional era and string band. This does contain quite a bit of some material from the CDs above, but has enough rare stuff to complete your collection that I still recommend it if you have the room in the library. While it has some Ardoin, Falcon, Lejeune, Werner and Alley Baoys, what makes it shine is it's include of the Credeur stuff, Soileau Couzens, Arteleus Mistric, Columbus Fruge, Segura Brothers, Fawvor Brothers, Slim Doucet, Joe's Acadians, Delin T, tons of Fuselier's Merrymakers, very early Nathan Abshire, and tons of early Happy Fats. Def needed in the library.



Jamey Hall's most excellent Cajun Accordion Music Theory

Brett's all new Cajun Accordion Music Theory for all keys!

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