VARIOUS – BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU 2 – AGAIN – ACE CD

A SECOND DIP into the gumbo that was South Louisiana’s take on rock’n’roll in the 50s and early 60s,  the spicy mix of rockabilly and Southern rockers, heavily influenced by the sounds of R&B wafting from New Orleans and a lifetime of Cajun music.

Following the success of the first CD we are pleased to bring you another compilation full of the obscure and previously unissued. Most of our artists are Cajun born and bred. They grew up in the world where live music was a release from a tough existence: fishing, farming or toiling in the oil fields – but also reflected it. Hence Cajun music was split almost entirely into two genres: raucous good-time dance music or the sentimental, almost wrist-slitting ballads of broken hearts.

The advent of rock’n’roll put a modern twist to these themes; the uptempo rockers had the teenagers a-hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and the songs of shattered love were often the basis of swamp pop. In this series we are concentrating on the former, but it is highly likely that swamp pop collections could follow.

This disc brings you more goodies from Al Ferrier, Johnny Jano, Pee Wee Trahan (aka Tommy Todd), Jay Chevalier, Rod Bernard, Warren Storm, Rocket Morgan and Vince Anthony, all of whom appeared on the first Boppin’ By The Bayou (Ace CDCHD1345), plus treats from Mickey Gilley, Gene Terry, Jim Oertling, Perry LaPointe, Milton Allen, Rusty Kershaw, Cajun Joe, Tony Perreau, J. C. Politz, Bert Bradley, Glenn Owens, Robert Owens, Wiley Jeffers and a previously unheard group (I believe) called The Teen Hearts.

We have been able to present 28 tracks, 12 of which are previously unissued, through our special access to the tapes of the late J. D. Miller, the late Eddie Shuler and our good friend Floyd Soileau. I have been fortunate enough to travel the highways of South Louisiana and that Cajun corner of South East Texas, meeting many of the artists and forging deals with label owners such as Luke Thompson (Hammond) Carl Graffagnino (Carl) and Sarah Rentz (Pel). Oh yes, there are others in the pipeline so we plan further issues with absolutely no drop of standard.

Following in the footsteps and, thanks to improved digital transfer techniques, building on the pioneering work of John Broven, and of Bruce Bastin of Flyright Records, we are capturing the raw energy of a music form peculiar to a relatively small but hugely influential area of the United States of America.

Ian Saddler

Tracks

01 You’re Humbuggin’ Me – Rocket Morgan

02 Bop And Rock Tonight – Pee Wee Trahan

03 B O Rock – Perry La Pointe & The Orange Playboys

04 Too Hot To Handle – Vince Anthony

05 Fine Fine Fine – Gene Terry

06 I Ain’t Goin’ Home – Mickey Gilley

07 Loving Hugging Kissing My Baby – Milton Allen

08 Big Cloud (Pt 2) – Jay Chevalier & The Long Shots

09 Old Moss Back – Jim Oertling & The Bayou Boys

10 Going Back To Cocodrille – Cajun Joe

11 Honey Baby (slow version) – Al Ferrier

12 I’m Gonna Learn – Pee Wee Trahan

13 Kissin’ Kin – Tony Perreau

14 Crazy Feeling – J. C. Politz with The Kings Of Swing

15 Billy Cannon – Jay Chevalier

16 Got A Right To Cry – Glen Owens

17 Arelia – Teen Hearts

18 Rock And Roll Baby – Johnny Jano

19 Carry On – Rusty Kershaw

20 The Girl In The Tight Blue Jeans – Bert Bradley & His Louisiana Cajuns

21 Send Her Back – Al Ferrier

22 Pardon Mr Gordon – Rod Bernard

23 Oh Nell – Warren Storm

24 Back Forty – Jim Oertling

25 Castro Rock – Jay Chevalier

26 Rock-A-Me Lulu – Johnny Jano

27 She’s Coming Back Again – Wiley Jeffers

28 Whose Baby Are You – Robert Owens

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