Monday, July 12, 2010

The Savoy Family Band: Cajun Album (2003)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

The Savoy Family Band
Cajun Album

Purists who feared that Evangeline Made and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood might tilt Ann Savoy popward can relax: The music on this family affair is so raw it makes the Magnolia Sisters sound like the Hudson Brothers. With two songs by Lawrence Walker, one apiece by Shorty LeBlanc and Amédé Ardoin, seven public domain, and four equally vintage-sounding ones by various Savoys (not to mention no drums or electric guitars and plenty of accordion and fiddle), there’s no way this will cross over. Don’t be surprised, however, if a generation hence roots-music historians credit these performances with having launched the by-then legendary career of Wilson Savoy, whose introduction of a piano pounding formerly identified with Jerry Lee Lewis will be deemed a crucial element in what kept the music alive. Rating: Three-and-a-half unbroken circles out of five.

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