|In fall 2005, Wayne Toups returned to his
roots with a CD of traditional Cajun songs, performed with the
same energy and commitment that have made his zydecajun style
popular with crowds everywhere but minus the rock-influenced
keyboard and some of the hard-driving rhythms that have been a
major influence on many younger Cajun musicians.
There's less, but there's also much more:
Toups' heartfelt vocals on songs like "Memoires de mon coeur,"
his versions of classics by Belton Richard like "Le paradis des
musiciens" and "Je veux plus te voir" and Camey Doucet's "C'est
que me fait du mal," Marty Broussard's lively steel guitar, and
Chad Cormier on fiddle played with less flash than he typically
displays but ample originality improvising within the tradition.
Other songs include "Trop jeune pour se marier," "Reno Waltz," "Quand
j'etais pauvre," "Wafus Two Step," "Trops jours après
ma mort," "Creole Stomp," "La lettre
qu'elle m'a laissée"
(by Jean Arceneaux a.k.a. Barry Ancelet, who plays triangle on
the CD), and Iry LeJeune's "Petit monde" and "Church Point
Toups' ends the CD with a tribute to Iry
LeJeune and his accordion style with an acoustic medley
consisting of "Jolie Catin," "La valse du grands chemins," and
"La Valse de Bayou Chêne." In between songs, the musicians
chat in French, recreating the sounds of a studio session from
Wearing a red and a black Jimi Hendrix
shirt, Wayne Toups is shown at top left during
Festivals Acadiens 2005 in Lafayette and in other photos at
the2005 International Rice Festival in Crowley. During the Crowley performance before
a hometown audience, many in the crowd joined to sing along on
numbers like Johnnie Allan's "La bague que brille."
The CD has French lyrics with an English
translation (though you may need a magnifying glass to read the
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Chad Cormier at Festivals Acadiens