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Album Review

The Pine Leaf Boys switch from Arhoolie Records to Lionsgate Music for their third album, but their musical approach remains the same, as the disc's title, Homage au Passé (Homage to the Past), suggests. Still young, they are still strictly traditional as Cajun players. "J'Suis Gone Pour Me Saouler" has a bit of a rock & roll feel in the mood of Bill Haley & the Comets, and "Je Cherche Tout Partout" has the traditional country flavor of Hank Williams & the Drifting Cowboys, that is if either of those 1950s units happened to be in a Cajun frame of mind. Otherwise, this is dyed-in-the-wool traditional Cajun, yet performed with a certain rowdy freshness by players still youthful enough not to have gotten comfortable in being professional musicians.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

The youngest band ever to sign to the rootsy Arhoolie label, southern Louisiana's Pine Leaf Boys don't just play Cajun music, but Louisiana music that can range from gritty Creole blues to sentimental waltzes. Members Wilson Savoy, Cedric Watson, Drew Simon, Jon Bertrand, and Blake Miller are all fluent in English and French, they all grew up playing music, and they are all multi-instrumentalists, able to swap their fiddle for an accordion or a guitar for a bass in the middle of a show. Savoy and...
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