Alligator Purse

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SKU 634457218529
Height 1.00
Width 5.00
Depth 10.00
Grammy winners and 10-time nominees BeauSoleil continue
their scion-like march through the panorama of American music with Alligator
Purse. Over the past 30-plus years, BeauSoleil has been the very heartbeat of
Cajun music and culture, keeping it vital through not only their attention to
tradition, but also through passionate and inventive experimentation. This
time around these twin creative approaches combine yet again, manifesting
themselves in some of music s most authentic and recognizable names. On
Alligator Purse BeauSoleil s fearless captain Michael Doucet leads the next
installment of his musical journey along the lifeline of Cajun music, this
time with an all star crew including Natalie Merchant ('Little Darlin'), Garth
Hudson ('I've Spent All My Money Loving You'), John Sebastian, Roswell Rudd,
Bill Keith and others. His notable friends help Doucet bring the rich folk
traditions of south Louisiana into the 21st century through the genius
interplay of a new take on Cajun favorites ('Marie') and the Cajunization of
modern folk classics. A French language reworking of Bob Dylan s cover of
Muddy Waters classic Rollin & Tumblin ('Rouler et Tourner') and J.J. Cale's
'The Problem' stand alongside Cajun and Creole history lessons like 'Reel
Cajun (451 St. Joseph St.),' 'Les Oignons' and 'Thogne Creole,' originally
sung for John and Alan Lomax s historic 1934 field recordings.Alligator Purse
is the funkiest history lesson ever created, a sweaty sweep through the lore
of one of the most vital veins of America s musical heritage and a stark
reminder that musical history is best served by a dance floor, not a museum.
Review BeauSoleil Avec Michael DoucetThere s no dearth of two-step and zydeco
rhythm on Alligator Purse (Yep Roc), an upbeat new release by BeauSoleil, the
pacesetting Cajun-revivalist band. The album, overseen by the television
producer Michael Pillot, features songs by Bob Dylan, J. J. Cale and Julie
Miller, as well as originals and traditional Louisiana fare. The mix isn't out
of character for Michael Doucet, the band s sprightly fiddler and lead
vocalist: he may be an old soul, but he's also a muddler. He and his partners
have such a clear identity by now Mr. Doucet started BeauSoleil in 1975 that
the material bends toward them rather than the other way around. No wonder the
album s assorted guests, including Natalie Merchant (vocals), John Sebastian
(harmonica) and Roswell Rudd (trombone), seem comfortable but mindful. They
know they re only passing through. -Nate Chinen --The New York TimesFor more
than 30 years, BeauSoleil's members have borne the Cajun music standard, but
anybody expecting them simply to keep the traditions dusted has missed the
point. Alligator Purse is sequenced like a dance party. It s bookended by
tunes associated with early greats Dennis McGee and Amedee Ardoin, but in
between, anything's fair game. Here, Cajun music isn't so much the final
result as the start of a conversation with anybody who ll be engaged. -Brian
Mansfield --USA Today