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The Red Stick Ramblers have been all over during the last
yearacross the nation, up to Canada, and all the way out to the State of Washington
to record their second CD, which features more of their unique, multidimensional,
tightly blended authentic Cajun gypsy swing. Everyone who felt transfigured by Linzay
Young and Joel Savoy's rendition of "Grand Tasso" on the first CD can look
forward to a similar experience listening to their twin fiddles and Linzay's vocals on
"Parting Waltz," another of those haunting Cajun melodies about separation.
There is also Wilson Savoy's "Two Step des Condamnés," based on Iry LeJeune's
"La valse de quatre-vingt-dix-neuf ans" with guest musician Steve Riley on
accordion. In addition, The Ramblers perform "Belle" by Gérard Dôle, a French
authority on Cajun music whom they met during their 2002 trip to France.
The CD also offers "Blue Drag" by Django Reinhardt,
"Bring It on Down" and "Dinah" from Bob Wills' repertoire, "Stay
All Night," and "16 Tons," the Merle Travis song made famous by Tennessee
Ernie Ford and now re-interpreted by Linzay Young into one of the band's most requested
A special reward of owning this CD is listening to the band's
original songs: Linzay Young's "What Do I Do?", a romantic ballad in the classic
style; "Rattle My Cage," a bluegrass lament by Chas Justus in which he also
makes his vocal debut; Josh Caffery's "When the Sugar Cane's Tall" and
"Main Street Blues," a new song which sounds like it must be a classic from the
1930s with inventive lyrics and some intricate plucking and strumming.
This CD offers plenty of listening enjoyment. But never pass up an
opportunity to see this group perform live. The Red Stick Ramblers always attract
enthusiastic crowds, and you'll get to hear some great music that they have not yet
recorded, including "The Smeckled Suite," an original instrumental composition
by Chas Justus that takes gypsy swing to levels never before imagined.