|Anyone who has had a chance to listen to Allons Faire la
Poussière Voler, the 2002 CD released by Jackie Caillier and The Cajun Cousins, will
not be surprised by the nominations the group has received for the LeCajun Award presented
by the Cajun French Music Association: Best Album, Best Vocalist (Ivy Dugas), best song
("Joue Pas avec le Coeur Qui T'Aime"), Best Accordionist (Jackie Caillier), Best
Fiddler (Benny Mueller; plus guest fiddler Tony Thibodeaux is also nominated).
Really, any of the five original French songs written and sung by Ivy Dugas
is worthy of a nomination. The song actually nominated, "Don't Play with the Heart
That Loves You," describes the frustration of a man who knows the woman he loves toys
with his affections, but he asks her to change, for he is only hard on her at times
because he adores her. In "Les Étoiles Brillent Ce Soir," the singer tries to
convince himself that he is through crying over the women who left him: the stars are
shining tonight and it is no longer raining. In "Dans les Bons Vieux Jours," Ivy
Dugas compares life in the past with life now and concludes that we don't have as much
today as we had in earlier days. In "Rien de Nouveau," the singer responds to a
call from a friend who is spending his life in prison, avoiding telling him that the woman
the confined man loves has married and instead explaining that nothing new has happened.
"Si Je Pourrais Faire Ça Que Je Faisais" describes a wish that we all have as
we grow older. "Do Me" is a lively, upbeat song by Ivy Dugas in French and
In other cuts on the CD, Jackie Caillier sings "The Lonely
Girls Waltz," steel guitarist Danny Cormier handles the vocals on "Paper in My
Shoe" and "Pine Grove Blues," and Benny Mueller is the vocalist on "A
Lonesome Night" and "BO Sparkle Waltz" (along with Ivy Dugas), recorded
live at "La Poussière" in Breaux Bridge with the name of that club inserted in
the lyrics. The Cajun Cousins fans shout "Ohhhh," as has become the tradition
when the band performs this song. Drummer Keith Richard sings Camey Doucet's
"Mom I'm Still Your Little Boy." Ivy Dugas sings "Le Chemin de la
Vie," "'Tit Yeuxs Noirs," and probably the most clearly enunciated version
of "Step It Fast" ever recorded (a blessing for those of us whose ear for French
needs more work). The CD concludes with "The Wandering Aces Special," an
In short, the Cajun Cousins have produced another great CD.
The dust may be flying at "La Poussière," but come mid-August, it's a good bet
that a flock of CFMA awards may be landing in the arms of the Cajun Cousins.
The CD was produced by Lanor Records of Jennings.
For bookings, call Jackie Caillier, 409-883-6525.