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Ray Abshire's second CD, Arrête
pas la musique (Don't stop the music), opens with
five new songs, instant classics in their expression of love and
heartache, sung in the old style, with Abshire's high, pure
voice capturing every emotional nuance. In the two-step "Chere
petite," he sings, "J'amerais mieux danser avec toi que fair
l'amour avec une autre," There's also "Valse du matin," "Fais
and the especially beautiful "Valse de clé
perdue," about searching to find the key to open the locked
heart of a woman. "Town and Country Special" and "Shamrock," the
CD's closing cut, are dedicated to popular dancehalls from years
gone by. "Ah! Pull it!" is an instrumental tribute to dancers of
Abshire also sings "Valse de Gueydan,"
Canray Fontenot's "Tes parents veulent p'us me voir," "Veuves de
Basile," and his version of "Eunice Two-Step."
As on the first CD, the other lead
vocalist is Courtney Granger, Dewey Balfa's great nephew whose
voice resonates with the tradition he was raised in on cuts like
"Fais attention, c'est mon coeur qui va casser," Iry LeJeune's
"Cajun Waltz," "Bosco Stomp," and on Dewey Balfa's own "J'ai
which features some beautiful Balfa twin fiddling with Kevin
Wimmer. Courtney also sings Adam Hebert's "J'amerais connaître"
and "Allons à Lafayette."
When the photos on this page were taken at
the Liberty Theater Sept. 10, 2005, and at Festivals Acadiens
Sept. 17, 2005, Kevin Wimmer was on the road, but his fiddling
in combination with Courtney Granger is one of the many
pleasures offered on the CD. Andre Michot's guitar work blends
in perfectly with the pure, acoustic sound of the rest of the
As the pictures below demonstrate, though
the CD features unamplified music, Ray Abshire also enjoys
performing with a dancehall ensemble, which he brought on stage
both at the Liberty and Festivals Acadiens.