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Album Review

Although he had been singing traditional, evocative Cajun music for many years, Eddie LeJeune didn't record an album for a general label until this 1988 date. He made the most of his opportunity, singing with abandon, fervor and intensity on 15 tunes. Some, such as "Jolie Blon" (a CD-only cut), were familiar efforts; others had some country flavor, but were Cajun through and through. The backing, which included assistance from the great D.L. Menard on guitar and LeJeune's own spicy accordion, never veered from its straight Cajun path and was quite invigorating. The lack of thematic and musical variety might have been a detriment to the session's appeal outside Cajun circles, but within them it was a winner.


Born: 1951

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The son of influential Cajun accordionist and songwriter Iry LeJeune, Eddie LeJuene was only five years old when his father was killed in a tragic automobile accident. Although most of his knowledge of his father's music came from old 78 rpm records, LeJeune has successfully continued his family' s great musical heritage. According to Time Out magazine, "It would be no exaggeration to say that Eddie LeJeune is the finest Cajun accordionist alive." A native of Ardoin Cove, a small town near Lacassine,...
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