Here’s my list of the year’s best recordings in the Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco arena. And here’s to more great ones in 2012. This is the golden age of Cajun, Creole and zydeco!
Amédé Ardoin. Mama, I’ll Be Long Gone : Complete Recordings Of Amede Ardoin 1929 -1934. (Tompkins Square 2554)
The Robert Johnson of Creole music, influencing everyone who came after.
The Band CourtBouillon. The Band CourtBouillon Featuring Wayne Toups – Steve Riley – Wilson Savoy. (Valcour Records)
A new Cajun supergroup.
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys. Grand Isle. (Self-released)
Continuing to push the boundaries of Cajun, with help from Quintron and others.
Horace Trahan. Keep Walking. (Self-released)
Original songs on classic themes.
Various Artists. The Best of Festivals Acadiens 2002. (Valcour Records)
From the best Cajun music festival. Ten extra tracks available for purchase online.
Various Artists. En Français : Cajun ‘n’ Creole Rock ‘n’ Roll. (Bayou Teche Biere 001)
Songs from the The Beatles, Neil Young, Black Sabbath and many more, continuing a tradition of French versions of modern songs.