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SUNPIE: Sunpie

SUNPIE“Sunpie Barnes is to zydeco what Taj Mahal is to blues—an eclectic type who follows his music to African and Caribbean roots.” – Brett Milano, Offbeat Magazine
Sunpie in the colorful top hat on the cover of this CD is none other than Bruce Sunpie Barnes. The zydeco star is based in Louisiana, where by day he is a park ranger and naturalist with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Park and at night he transforms into one of the most popular musicians in the region. Adept at numerous instruments — including the accordion, harmonica, and piano and vocals — Barnes shows his versatility on this CD, released in 2001. In it, sounds from different places and genres merge into something that Barnes has dubbed “Bouje, Bouje.” A listener can hear zydeco, of course, but there is also a definite Afro-Caribbean influence, along with the funky backbeat that characterizes the music of the city of New Orleans. The CD features tunes written by the multi-talentedBarnes. It opens on a pleasant note with the “Lah Lah Song,” with an infectious rhythm that permeates the entire album. Barnes sings in both English and French. “Mo Bien Comme Me Ye” is followed by a whimsical piece called “Tomato.” He sings — or is that howls — on his popular song about the legend of the werewolf in the Louisiana swamp country, entitled “Loup Garou, Loup Garou.” All the while there is the accordion or harmonica to keep the toes tapping. “Mother Earth” speaks to Barnes’ deep love for nature, as evidenced by his choice of day jobs. The music closes out with “Blues With a Groove,” which proves the point: This music is meant for dancing.”




leGrandBleu“…one of the hottest, most creative young bands to emerge from Southern Louisiana in a long time…everything that’s best in American multi-cultural music.” – Album Network

Le Grand Bleu offers a portrait of the Bluerunners as a mature ensemble presenting a fresh approach to roots rock. Translated as “The Big Blue,” the recording is an excursion into Americana via Southwest Louisiana: part Southern urban folk, part traditional Cajun, and part no-holds-barred rock with a definitive edge.

Le Grand Bleu is unmistakably a rock record, but with a first-class Cajun pedigree. It was recorded at the legendary LaLouisianne Studios with second-generation engineer David Rachou and recorded and mixed at Dockside with Tony Daigle (who has produced records of note in Louisiana from BB King’s most recent to the Grammy-award-winning Beausoleil CD L’Amour Ou La Folie.) Accordionist Adrian Huval, of the Huval family band Jambalaya, was recruited as a band member. Bluesman Sonny Landreth and Beausoleil leader and fiddler Michael Doucet make guest appearances on Le Grand Bleu. Internationally recognized folklore photographer Philip Gould provided the cover picture. Nonetheless, the anticipation for the new CD is considerably wider, extending well into what Southwest Louisiana calls “the other forty-nine.”

CHUBBY CARRIER: Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot“This is truly a new level of “swamp funk” that is going to start rising from the mists of the bayous and taking the country by insidious invasion” – Bob Gottlieb, AllMusic.com

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby’s professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. In “Too Hot To Handle”, Chubby and the Bayou Swamp Band kick things off with the fast-paced name track, evolving into a journey of funky authenticity that travels through epic tracks like “Cisco Kid” and “Fire on the Mountain”. The album’s conclusion, the 10-minute “Rock Me Baby” is full of Zydeco flavor and cajun beats that will make the listener reminisce of a warm Sunday afternoon by the Louisiana swamps.


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