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Creole Stranger

  • 1. Madame Faielle
    2. Lake Charles Two-Step
    3. Morris Ardoin Blues
    4. When Am I Gonna Get Outta Here
    5. Eunice Two Step
    6. Mardi Gras
    7. Blues a Basile
    8. It's Not the Pain
    9. I'm Coming Home
    10. Jolie Catin
    11. Creole Stranger
    12. Suzy Q
    13. Bayou Teche Blues
    14. Baby Please Don't Go
    15. This Burning Desire
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6189

  • Credits
    ProducerBlake Castille; Rick Lagneaux; Jon Watson; Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp
    EngineerRick Lagneaux; Eddie Bodin

    Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp: Dennis Stroughmatt (vocals, fiddle, accordion); Jim Willgoose (bass guitar); Robert Russell, Jennifer Stroughmatt, Jon Watson, Jim Bangassar.
    Personnel: Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp (vocals, fiddle, accordion); Robert Russell (vocals, slide guitar); Rick Lagneaux (guitar, piano, organ); Blake Castille (guitar); Jim Bangassar (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jon Watson, Kenny Alleman (drums); Jennifer Stroughmatt (rub-board, triangle).
    Additional personnel: Rick Lagneaux, Blake Castille, Rick Benoit (bass guitar); Kenny Alleman.
    Audio Mixer: Rick Lagneaux.
    Arranger: Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp.
    In the wake of "My Toot-Toot," both Cajun and zydeco music became something of a flavor of the month in roots rock circles, and a lot of bands that had the same relationship to the music of Clifton Chenier that Led Zeppelin had to American blues started playing an inoffensive, watered-down version of the music that did true Louisiana artists no favors. (Many of these bands also started using the terms "Cajun" and "zydeco" interchangeably, a misapprehension roughly akin to conflating, say, the Carter Family and Robert Cray.) Happily, Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp go a long way toward rectifying those problems. Creole Stranger has the rollicking snap of a classic Balfa Brothers set, but it seamlessly updates the traditional Cajun sound with electric instrumentation that modernizes the sound without diluting it. Stroughmatt, a fiddler and button accordion player with roots in both Louisiana and Acadian Canada, sings the French Creole lyrics in a pleasantly gruff voice refreshingly free of the affectations of many non-natives who attempt Cajun music, and plays both of his instruments with a fierce rhythmic intensity and little time for flashy solos. The 15 tracks mix a handful of originals with a well-chosen selection of both old Cajun standards like Amd Ardoin's "Blues a Basile" and some repurposed R&B tunes like "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Suzy Q," which work surprisingly well in these percolating new arrangements. ~ Stewart Mason

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