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Album Review

The Magnolia Sisters may be the genre's only all-woman band, but their music knows no such restrictive stereotype — this is as good as bluegrass gets, plain and simple. Ann Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Christine Balfa, and Tina Pilione swap vocals and instruments (three of them play fiddle here), while Lisa Trahan Reed pumps a solid acoustic bass. With a nice mix of uptempo dance music and heart-wrenching ballads, this is the real thing, and fans of Cajun music should flock to it like crazy. Highly recommended.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The five women who comprise the Magnolia Sisters are not related by birth, but rather by friendship and their love for traditional Cajun music. The band delivers energetic dance music as well as wistful older ballads that come from deep in the roots of Acadiana, as shown by their first recording, Prends Courage, released in 1995 by Arhoolie Records. A second album,Chers Amis, was released by Rounder in 2000, with a third, Après Faire Le Boogie Woogie, appearing in 2004, also from Rounder. Each of...
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