“Un autre tit
bout” is the shout often heard in Cajun dance halls or
at festivals when the crowd really likes a song and
wants to hear a little bit more. Members of T-Salé
hear it often when they perform, and, for that matter,
fans have been eagerly awaiting for some more in the
form of another recording after the group’s initial
release in 2004. In November 2007, T-Salé
released their second CD, titled, appropriately enough,
Un Autre Tit Bout.
Just as they did
on their first CD, the brothers Jean-Jacques Aucoin and
Louie Aucoin draw inspiration from their grandfather,
Cyprien Landreneau, and his cousin Adam Landreneau, in
their performance of “La danse du Lac Charles,”
“Treville est pas pêcheur,”
and “Ta robe barré”
from the Cyp and Adam repertoire.
The band once
again has also included Creole songs like the Bois Sec
Ardoin and Canray Fontenot instrumental “La danse de la
Ardoin’s “Les blues de Crowley,” plus Boozoo Chavis’s
classic zydeco farewell, “I’m Going Away,” with Dave
Trainer on vocals.
Some of the
songs are Cajun standards like “Hippy Ti Yo” and “Tu
peux cogner mais tu peux pas rentrer” with Trainer on
keyboard. Aldus Roger’s “Love Sick Waltz” is one of
several tunes on which Jean-Jacques and Louie offer
excellent brotherly harmonizing. The band also plays
Roger’s “Diga Ding Ding Dong,” a song which reverses the
typical Cajun theme of love lost and instead celebrates
the woman’s departure.
include Pee Wee Broussard’s “Valse de tout l’monde” the
Touchet Brothers’ “I’ll Walk Alone,” and Adam Hebert’s
“La porte du nord.”
According to the
liner notes by Todd Mouton, the band’s original
instrumental “The Whirlybird Special” was inspired “by a
notorious private bar where the house drink includes
Irish whiskey and pickled quail egg,” yet another exotic
Louisiana experience translated into a lively Cajun
have remained the same over the years, with Richard
Burgess on guitar and Todd Aucoin on drums and t-fer, in
addition to the Aucoin brothers and Trainer. Guest Todd
Ortego is on scrubboard. The CD was co-produced by Dirk
Powell and T-Salé
and released by Swallow Records
After many years
playing together, the band members deliver tight, solid
performances. Beyond that, they obviously really enjoy
playing together, and this friendship among musicians,
which has always had a central role in Cajun and Creole
music, is yet another reason that T-Salé
continues as one of the top new generation Cajun bands.
information on the band, scroll down.
Click here for a description of the band's first CD.
Photos were taken at Downtown
Alive! in Lafayette Oct. 12, 2007, and at the Blue Moon
Saloon in Lafayette Nov. 16, 2007.