|When Feufollet recorded
their 2004 CD, Tout un Beau Soir, the core members of the group
were Chris Stafford and Chris Segura, who are the founding members of
the original Feufollet, and Anna Laura Edmiston, who joined in 2003.
Steve Riley, who produced the CD, played guitar, Jimmy Breaux,
accordionist with BeauSoleil was on drums, and the Red Stick Ramblers'
Eric Frey was on bass. The selections on the CD cover a wide range:
ballads, a song from the swing era, Cajun standards, twin fiddle
numbers, and Creole music, plus two excellent original compositions.
In an interview with Jan Boney included on her
Mais oui! web site, both Stafford and
Segura say that they are especially pleased with the band's version of
the traditional song "Je m'endors." During the Liberty performance, host
Barry Ancelet pointed out that in the Lomax recording in 1934 with Jesse
Stafford the song seems almost humdrum. It has been recorded before by
Steve Riley, among others, but Feufollet's wonderfully haunting and
evocative version, which features Sonny Landreth's slide guitar and a
cello played by Mitch Reed, is the best.
The title cut, "Tout un beau soir," also from the
Lomax collection (sung by Elita Hoffpauir in 1934, is an ancient folk
song from France made all the more beautiful by Anna Laura Edmiston's voice.
Anna Laura also contributed an original
composition, "Tout va bien." She explained in the Mais oui! interview
that the song originated in her own efforts to get past her worries and
self-doubts and gain self-acceptance, recognizing that she has a lot to
offer to others and, as she says in the song, "pour avoir ce qu'on veut
il faut vouloir apprendre." Chris Stafford also has an original song,
"Moi et mon violon," about a musician whose only traveling companion is
Twin fiddles and harmony vocals capture the sad
beauty of another traditional ballad, "Aux Natchitoches."
Other more familiar songs from the traditional repertoire include "Chère
Mom," originally recorded by Mayuse Lafleur in 1928, and "Chère Bassette."
Feufollet's version of "Moi et ma belle" was
inspired by a swing era recording from the late 1930s by the Alley Boys
of Abbeville. Their version of Iry LeJeune's "Grosse erreur"
features harmony vocals that suit the song's country roots (from Hank
Williams' "Today I Passed You on the Street"), accompanied by accordion
and fiddle work that nicely captures the country flavor.
Other songs on the CD include Canray Fontenot's
"Grand Mallet," two Dennis McGee jigs on which Segura and Stafford
alternate the fiddle leads, and the instrumental "Cacklin' Hen" with
Dirk Powell on banjo. Powell also plays piano on "Moi et ma belle." The
CD was recorded at his Cypress House Studio.
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