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Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings, Volume 2 - Various Artists

CAT. #: 541

Price: $19.98

CD 541

Classic Cajun honky tonk recordings made in Texas and Louisiana between 1947-1957 for the legendary Khoury label.

  • Limited edition CD with a CD-size, full color, hardbound book
  • 88 pages of detailed historical notes by David Sax and an introduction by Chris Strachwitz
  • Beautiful never-before-seen photographs of the musicians, the town, and the original labels on the recordings


1. Elton Two Step - Blackie
2. La Robe Barre - Blackie
3. Midnight Blues - Cleveland Crochet
4. Sha Meon Waltz - Cleveland Crochet
5. Boora Rhumba - Nathan Abshire
6. Madame Sostan - Lawrence Walker
7. Brunette Two Step - Lawrence Walker
8. Scrambled Eggs - Sandy Austin
9. Tell Me If You Love Me - Virgel Bozman String Band
10. Belle Isle Waltz - Jimmy Choates
11. Lonesome For You - Jimmy Choates
12. Chere Petite Blun - Vincent & Cagley
13. Shoe Pick Waltz - Amar Devillier
14. Durald Two Step - Amar Devillier
15. Two Step de Kindergarden - Elise Deshotel
16. Chere Vere Naig - Shuk Richard
17. Chere Ami Waltz - Musical Four Plus One
18. La Prison - The Oklahoma Tornadoes
19. The Cameron Waltz - Virgel Bozman String Band
20. Jennings Two Step - Ernest Tipidoe French Band
21. Bayou Chico Waltz - Wilson Granger
22. Hathaway Two Step - Nathan Abshire & band
23. Iowa Two Step - Tan Benoit
24. Gueydon Waltz - Tan Benoit French Band
25. Lake Charles Two Step - Nathan Abshire
26. Grand Mamou - Nathan Abshire
27. Two Step de Avalon - Elise Deshotel


Also available: Cajun Honky Tonk Volume 1



"You can't go wrong with these classic Arhoolie-archived Cajun recordings taken from 78s made in Texas and Louisiana between 1947-1957 for the Khoury label - part of the post-war phenomenon of local business folk (George Khoury ran a record shop in Lake charles) putting out recordings of local Cajun musicians.

It's a mixture of rough honky-tonk and wonky two-steps from a varied cast (though often with shared line-ups) of players and singers from different recording sessions: often tingling with bacon-frying hiss and distortion.

Some really gorgeous sounds here: from Blackie & the Moonlight Serenaders with its wild-eyed steel guitar of Eula Mae Fruge, the keening vocals of Cleveland Crochet, the fiddle-led train-ride Scrambled Eggs from Sandy Austin, the sugary-sweet smoothness of Jimmy Choates and intense accordion-driven sounds of Lawrence Walker.

Of course, standout moments come from the joyfully ragged playing of Nathan Abshire & his Pinegrove Five with Dewey Balfa's visceral fiddling and dulcet singing (check out Boora Rhumba aka La Cucaracha!), but the best find is Virgel Bozman String Band & His Oklahoma Tornadoes, whose beautiful off-kilter, glissando leads me synaptically straight to the edgy, high lonesome sound of Buck Owens.

The CD comes within a hardbound book, complete with detailed historical [notes] and photographs of the musicians and original labels of the recordings."

-Sarah Coxson, fRoots Magazine