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The 2008 release by Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys is titled Call It What You Want. If that suggests some uncertainty about album titles, there is nothing tentative about the band’s music. The Ossun Playboys continue to offer the best in traditional Cajun music played for today’s dancehall crowd combined with Cajunized versions of English songs and a few original compositions.
The Cajun standards include “Kaplan Waltz,” ‘Johnny Can’t Dance,” “Adieu Rosa / Bluerunner” (a medley featuring Louis Dronet on fiddle), “Musician’s Paradise,” “Pine Grove Blues” (with Roddie Romero on slide guitar), and “Valse de la Vie.”
Kevin also offers us his version of a tune played by his great grandfather Hadley Fontenot with the Balfa Brothers, a number Kevin has titled “Fontenot’s Jig.”
“Oh, Oh Bébé” is the Ossun Playboy’s version of John Delafose’s “Ka-Wann,” featuring Demetric Thomas on scrubboard.
Kevin also sings T.K. Hulin’s swamp pop hit “Time,” with Eric Adcock on organ.
Other English songs include “Tennessee Blues,” a nice, relaxing number with bassist Tommy Bodin on vocals. He also sings “All Night Long,” an original song co-written with Kevin, and “Saints Are Coming,” another original that will help fire up any supporter of the New Orleans Saints football team. Bodin handles the French vocals on “My Rope and Spurs,” an Adam Hebert song using the tune of “Cowboy Waltz.”
Guitarist Pat Stebbins sings the Conway Twitty number “After All the Good Is Gone.”
The most unusual cut on the CD is “Amédé One Way Out,” a medley that combines Marc Savoy’s “Amédé Two Step” with the Alleman Brothers’ “One Way Out” sung by Tommy Bodin.
Other members of the band are Ashley Hayes on rhythm guitar and Dwayne Lavergne on drums.
The CD was released by Swallow Records.