Rounder Records is one of the two most important record labels outside of Louisiana in the Cajun, Creole and zydeco world. (Arhoolie is the other.) Tomorrow, Sept. 28 they are releasing a new CD, Louisiana Cajun + Creole Music : The Newport Field Recordings. The Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival performances by Cajun and Creole artists in the mid-1960s sparked the Cajun music revival. It’s hard to overestimate their importance. This disc has 27 tracks and “contains numerous photographs, many never before published, and extensive liner notes by a number of authors which run over 80 pages in the PDF embedded in the disc.” They were recorded and edited by Ralph Rinzler, long time director of the festival. The cover photo features the late Austin Pitre, playing the accordion behind his head. When I get a copy, I’ll let you know what it’s like.
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