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Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, Wilson Savoy – The Band Courtbouillon (2012)

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It’s not often three Cajun accordionists come together as a band, especially when they lead their own aggregations but that’s the case here with Wayne Toups (Zydecajun), Steve Riley (Mamou Playboys) and Wilson Savoy (Pine Leaf Boys). Initially, Savoy’s Pine Leaf Boys performed at a ceremony honoring Toups. Toups then joined PLB for a few numbers and had such a good time that he remarked that he would like to start a band christened Courtbouillon (a tomato sauce used in Cajun cuisine) with Savoy and Riley.Though Toups, Riley and Savoy are the best around in contemporary Cajun music, there’s never any showcases of hot licks and cute tricks; nor are there ever any upstaging cutting contests. Instead, it’s a very intimate affair shared among friends who deeply revere the Cajun music they were weaned on, as evidenced by the selections from Iry LeJeune, Lawrence Walker, Shirley Bergeron and the public domain vault. It’s done in a very acoustic, unamplified folky style that’s 180 degrees away from today’s kickin’ dancehall variety that’s expected to go over the top several times over. Additionally, there’s no smacking, hard-pounding drums; just Eric Frey marking the first beat of every waltz measure with his pulsing acoustic bass.

mp3 VBR~235 kbps | 87 MB | UJ

Bob Dylan – Live in New York, Gaslight Cafe 1961 (2012)

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This is the first Dylan recording made at the New York City folk music club called The Gaslight Café and represents one of the first ever recorded Dylan concerts.

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The Two Man Gentlemen Band – Two at a Time (2012)

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Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for half a decade, developing a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits. A tenor guitar and string bass duo in the tradition of the great Slim & Slam, The Gents have obvious affection for pre-war American Jazz and Western Swing. But they’re no period piece. The decidedly contemporary feel of their lyrics and the hilarious, often ridiculous, improvised banter that peppers their live shows combine with the music for a thoroughly modern ruckus. “It’s as if,” one reviewer commented, “The Smothers Brothers were young today, wore better suits, and wrote hot jazz songs about drinking.” To The Gentlemen, that sounds about right.

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Merle Haggard – The Land of Many Churches (1971)

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The Land of Many Churches is a gospel album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1971. It was reissued on CD in 1997 by Razor & Tie.Special guests include Bonnie Owens and The Carter Family. mp3 128 kbps | 66 MB | UJ

Ray LaMontagne – Live and Unreleased (2012)

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The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten [Deluxe Edition] (2012)

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The Gaslight Anthem’s major label debut takes them further away from their independent “punk Springsteen” roots into Boss-sized would-be stadium rock with a nod to Celtic-influenced Brit rockers Big Country and the Alarm. The songs wear broken hearts on checked sleeves, with a “whoah-oh” or “hey-ey-ey” never far away. Opener 45, the stirring Biloxi Parish […]