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Every genre has its defining figureheads. Folk has its Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan; country has the Carter Family, Bob Wills and Hank Williams. Rock has its Elvis, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles. In blues, it's Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and in jazz, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. When it comes to contemporary traditional Cajun music, there is ... Read more in Amazon's Beausoleil Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B001KZLI8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grammy winners and 10-time nominees BeauSoleil continue their scion-like march through the panorama of American music with Alligator Purse. Over the past 30-plus years, BeauSoleil has been the very heartbeat of Cajun music and culture, keeping it vital through not only their attention to tradition, but also through passionate and inventive experimentation. This time around these twin creative approaches combine yet again, manifesting themselves in some of music s most authentic and recognizable names.

On Alligator Purse BeauSoleil s fearless captain Michael Doucet leads the next installment of his musical journey along the lifeline of Cajun music, this time with an all star crew including Natalie Merchant ('Little Darlin'), Garth Hudson ('I've Spent All My Money Loving You'), John Sebastian, Roswell Rudd, Bill Keith and others. His notable friends help Doucet bring the rich folk traditions of south Louisiana into the 21st century through the genius interplay of a new take on Cajun favorites ('Marie') and the Cajunization of modern folk classics. A French language reworking of Bob Dylan s cover of Muddy Waters classic Rollin & Tumblin ('Rouler et Tourner') and J.J. Cale's 'The Problem' stand alongside Cajun and Creole history lessons like 'Reel Cajun (451 St. Joseph St.),' 'Les Oignons' and 'Théogéne Creole,' originally sung for John and Alan Lomax s historic 1934 field recordings.

Alligator Purse is the funkiest history lesson ever created, a sweaty sweep through the lore of one of the most vital veins of America s musical heritage and a stark reminder that musical history is best served by a dance floor, not a museum.


BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet

There s no dearth of two-step and zydeco rhythm on Alligator Purse (Yep Roc), an upbeat new release by BeauSoleil, the pacesetting Cajun-revivalist band. The album, overseen by the television producer Michael Pillot, features songs by Bob Dylan, J. J. Cale and Julie Miller, as well as originals and traditional Louisiana fare. The mix isn't out of character for Michael Doucet, the band s sprightly fiddler and lead vocalist: he may be an old soul, but he's also a muddler. He and his partners have such a clear identity by now Mr. Doucet started BeauSoleil in 1975 that the material bends toward them rather than the other way around. No wonder the album s assorted guests, including Natalie Merchant (vocals), John Sebastian (harmonica) and Roswell Rudd (trombone), seem comfortable but mindful. They know they re only passing through. -Nate Chinen --The New York Times

For more than 30 years, BeauSoleil's members have borne the Cajun music standard, but anybody expecting them simply to keep the traditions dusted has missed the point. Alligator Purse is sequenced like a dance party. It s bookended by tunes associated with early greats Dennis McGee and Amedee Ardoin, but in between, anything's fair game. Here, Cajun music isn't so much the final result as the start of a conversation with anybody who ll be engaged. -Brian Mansfield --USA Today

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on January 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Formed in the mid-70s as a platform for Louisiana fiddler Michael Doucet's appreciation of his native Cajun musical traditions, BeauSoleil has become an integral part of the history it sought to provide popular resuscitation. More importantly, by interweaving Cajun, zydeco, country, blues, jazz, and other sounds, BeauSoleil not only sparked renewed interest in Southern Louisianan sounds, but moved beyond simple preservation (to the consternation of some critics) to innovation. Doucet's early studies in the UK and France provided exposure to the genre's classic songs, the music's European roots, and the techniques of seminal players. As the lessons were internalized the group has more freely inflected the classics with new flavors and drawn non-Cajun material into the fold. The group's latest (their 29th release!) includes collaborations with Natalie Merchant, Garth Hudson, John Sebastian and others.

Doucet comes out blazing on the instrumental "Reel Cajun (451 N. St. Joseph)," nearly sawing his fiddle in half as he pays tribute to Dennis McGee. Second line drumming provides an apt rhythm for the French translation of Muddy Waters' "Rollin' & Tumblin'," rendered here as "Rouler et Tourner." Julie Miller's "Little Darlin'," which originally appeared as a duet with her husband Buddy Miller on 2004's Love Snuck Up, has its backwoods country twang taken upbeat by Doucet and Natalie Merchant. Cooling down with the New Orleans stroll of "Marie" (supplemented by Andy Stein's superb sax solo) you start to feel this disc is sequenced as an evening's dance program.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Wendrich Design on March 19, 2009
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Sometime ago I was looking to see if Nathalie Merchant was doing a new album somehow, hope so...anyway I stumbled across an Alligator Purse on which album she contributed...of course needed that in my collection and I must say: Superb Album! I just love that sound, the energy and passion of these people!
Sitting there and listening to the songs my ears were triggered by the subtle and preluding sound of an organ...it sounded much like the Band used to do...and that of course had to do with wonderboy Garth Hudson!
Sifting through the text on the, well-designed cd-cover, I came across my Canadian hero, Garth!
Anyhow, if you really like music and support the French-Canadian and Cajun tradition than this album is a must have! Way to go Beausoleil...Lekker Zonnetje indeed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Sanford on October 2, 2013
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Again not a purse.when I searched for a purse this came up. I thought it was an authentic purse.I am disatisfied wih my search results
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Budig on June 20, 2009
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BeauSoleil's Alligator Purse holds more than the usual loose change, comb, and tissues. When you open this handbag you'll do a double-take wondering how you acquired all those treasures!

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have put out another danged good deal with their latest album, intentionally released last January 20th--the day that Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States.

I heard the band perform the first number on the album, Reel Cajun/451 North St. Joseph St., at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis a few weeks after their release party in Louisiana. It's a heavily flavored Cajun tune, with impressive fiddlin', but it's not quite my favorite on the disc.

Skip over to track #3, Carrière Zydeco, Go ahead, put your player on Repeat Single and listen for about five rounds. It takes me that long before I'm ready to move on to the next song. There must be something salty mixed into the tune because one listen is never enough. I want to hear the hum and build and resolution repeatedly.

I have a similar response to the sixth tune on the album. Valse à BeauSoleil has been recorded several times, but not with a harmonica. How that makes me giddy, I don't know, but it does. I hit repeat again as I mentally waltz about the dance floor to this number. I wonder which one of the band will take up harmonica now? On the album, John Sebastian performs the honors.

In fact, the album is replete with guest musicians. One of my very favorites is the Hammond organ played by Garth Hudson in track # 9. I Spent All My Money Lovin' You, sung in both English and Cajun French, brings a smile to my lips and a shimmy to my hips--almost too much fun, this one.
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By Ermalaine DeeDee Taylor on June 22, 2013
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Love that swamp musici really like it and ive got friends from La.that like it to
Thank you very much
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