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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B00001SI96
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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David Doucet, guitarist for the popular Cajun band BeauSoleil, has defined a musical territory all his own on this exquisite album of traditional Cajun songs. While the guitar has long been a featured rhythm instrument in Cajun music, David has reinvented the guitar as a compelling solo voice, employing the fingerpicking style identified with folk and blues players such as Doc Watson, John Hurt and John Fahey. The result is Cajun music with an intricacy and subtle beauty that casts traditional songs such as the Balfa Brothers' "My True Love" or Dennis McGee's "Cowboy Waltz" in a stunning new light.

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In the tradition of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Doc Watson, David Doucet makes his 1957 an intimate, sweet portrait of melody and finesse. The fingerpicking that Doucet employs is stunning but only in proportion to the melodies he tackles. This is, then, more an embrace than a display, full with the richness of Cajun traditionals that have long been the fare of Doucet's other outlet, Beausoleil. The big, remarkable difference with 1957, though, is its stripped quality, with flair and varnish totally absent so that the guitar can almost viscerally sing and weep and dance. And when that's not enough, Doucet chimes in vocally, with a tone that of course recalls his brother Michael's croon but still stands out--largely because here everything is nice and relaxed, as if happening on a long, balmy bayou afternoon. --Andrew Bartlett

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
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For more 20 years, David Doucet has been an excellent ensemble player with America's foremost Cajun band, BeauSoleil. As a solo performer, he blends his skill in both flatpicking and fingerstyle guitar to create a gumbo of traditional masterpieces. Doucet has an understanding of Cajun and Creole culture that contributes largely to his choice of technique. His vocal delivery on many of the cuts enhances the relaxed feel of this enjoyable, inviting CD. Liner notes include comments as to the history of many of the pieces, as well as special tunings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen McFadden on January 7, 2002
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David Doucet's guitar playing is reason enough to buy this CD, but he gives you a double bonus with the songs he selected for this release -- just the right mix between lilting tunes and haunting ballads. You don't have to be a Cajun music lover to appreciate them -- although they are wonderfully representative of the richness of Cajun culture -- but simply anyone who appreciates the magic of a beautifully played guitar. Bravo, David! Please give us another solo guitar collection.
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I once wrote a poem and, being Romani, said that “only the Gypsies can make others cry, only the Gypsies can make the box {guitar/violin} sing.” Guess I have to rethink that statement and add that some Cajuns can do the same thing. Not knowing the language makes it more mystical and I can create my own lyrics. Mostly, I like the melancholy strings, so fitting for those nights when only exceptional guitar playing and singing can make things all right…
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I bought this CD at the 2001 National Folk Festival in East Lansing, Michigan, after hearing David Doucet play. The sound is fantastic as is his playing of these great melodies. He sings French on some cuts and I think his voice, though good, is not 5-star. However, he is a master of the guitar and I give this CD 5 stars for the amazing fingering and the superb recording clarity. I hope he comes back to the Great Lakes Folk Festival sometime soon.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. White on September 17, 2009
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Completely stumbled upon this while browsing for a decent Cajun album to take home -- what a surprise. Within a few tunes it's obvious that Doucet is a master of both his instrument as well as the musical language he's passing along for posterity. His vocals appear sporadically throughout, but the focus remains on the solo guitar. He sings the melodies and words completely without ego, with reverence that does not require technical perfection -- it speaks from the gut. His instrumental skills are expert, as he makes the melodies cut through on top of strong rhythm played flawlessly in tempo. This is an album that is alternately haunting and quietly evocative; a stark wonder that is as powerful as it is serene.
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