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Album Review

Best of Beausoleil isn't as wide-ranging as Rhino's Bayou Deluxe compilation; it only draws from records the group recorded for Arhoolie during the '80s. It's a decent collection in its own right, though, conveying the group's skill at arranging Cajun music with the right mix of musical chops and laid-back charm. It also might find more favor with more traditional-minded Cajun fans than the band's eclectic releases or compilations, with a high percentage of traditional French-language tunes. The booklet includes lyrics in both French and English.


Formed: New Orleans, LA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The formation of BeauSoleil, one of the best known and most highly respected cajun bands in the world, is due to fiddler Michael Doucet's desire to keep the unique southern Louisiana culture and music from extinction. But while BeauSoleil originated to help preserve his cajun musical heritage, over the years it has also been known for its innovation. They are continually adding spice from other musical genres including jazz and Caribbean. In this way, BeauSoleil keeps the music vital and contemporary....
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