Coteau: Highly Seasoned Cajun Music

Audio Samples

>Acadian Two-Step
>Bosco/Mosco Stomp
>Travailler, C'Est Trop Dur
>Arc de Triomphe Two-Step
>Sweet Suzannah
>Basic Lady
>Quoi Faire?
>Bayou Teche
>Zydeco Gris-Gris
>Cold-Hearted You
>Grand Mamou
>Balfa et Grand Bois
>Mardi Gras
>Sugar Foot Rag

Track List

>Acadian Two-Step
>Bosco/Mosco Stomp
>Travailler, C'Est Trop Dur
>Arc de Triomphe Two-Step
>Sweet Suzannah
>Basic Lady
>Quoi Faire?
>Bayou Teche
>Zydeco Gris-Gris
>Cold-Hearted You
>Grand Mamou
>Balfa et Grand Bois
>Mardi Gras
>Sugar Foot Rag

Album Notes

Coteau: Bruce MacDonald (vocals, guitar); Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle); Gary Newman (vocals, bass); Tommy Comeaux (guitar, mandolin); Bessyl Duhon (fiddle, accordion); Kenneth Blevins (drums, percussion).

Additional personnel: Kenneth Richard (vocals, harmonica, mandolin); Dana Breaux {guitar); Daniel Kimball (rubboard).

Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, Louisianna. Includes liner notes by Nick Spitzer.

Personnel: Bruce MacDonald (vocals, guitar); Kenneth Richard (vocals, mandolin, harmonica); Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle); Gary Newman (vocals); Tommy Comeaux (guitar, mandolin); Dana Pierre Breaux (guitar); Bessyl Duhon (fiddle, accordion); Kenneth Blevins (drums, percussion).

Audio Mixer: Tony Daigle.

Recording information: Dockside Studio, Maurice.

Photographers: Phil Gould ; Nick Spitzer.

Unknown Contributor Role: Michael Doucet.

Arrangers: A. Ardoin; Michael Doucet.

In the local language of southern Louisiana, Coteau means higher ground or ridge; in this case, it also means a band that combined the Allman Brothers with Cajun music in their presentation. While other bands that combined the sensibilities of rock with their local music have become successful -- witness Los Lobos, among others -- this band never did hit it. Michael Doucet has gone on to tremendous success with his more traditional band Beausoleil, and several other members continued as professional musicians, but the band was lost for whatever reasons until now. Listen to their treatments of some of the traditional songs later spotlighted through Beausoleil's work. This highly infectious melding of traditional Cajun music with southern rock & roll is one of the musical highlights of 1997. ~ Bob Gottlieb



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