Various Artists – Louisiana Legends (Songlines compilation CD) (2012)

FrontCover1Songlines is the name of a British based magazine launched in 1999 that covers music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring artists from around the globe.

Songlines is published eight times a year and contains CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, concert and festival listings and travel stories. Every issue comes with an accompanying compilation CD featuring sample tracks from 10 of the best new releases reviewed in that issue and 5 additional tracks chosen by a celebrity. A podcast containing highlights of each issue is available to download through iTunes or through the Songlines website.

The magazine is edited by Simon Broughton, co-editor of The Rough Guide to World Music.
SonglinesMagazineThe name was chosen based on the aboriginal mythological concept of Songlines.

In 2008 Songlines Magazine was expanded to include ‘Songlines Music Travel’ a music tourism service offering excursions to renowned world music locations and festivals.

In 2009 Songlines launched Songlines Digital, an online subscription version of the magazine. (by wikipedia)
And this is the 2nd bonus CD from the issue Nr. 86 (August 2012) a 15-track Louisiana music sampler, and was compiled by Garth Cartwright

Exclusively distributed with the August/September 2012 issue of Songlines magazine (#86) (Vocal selections sung in English and French Creole.)

It contains previously released recordings (1967-2011, principally 2007-2011).

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The music of Louisiana can be divided into three general regions: rural south Louisiana, home to Creole Zydeco and Old French (now known as cajun music), New Orleans, and north Louisiana. The region in and around Greater New Orleans has a unique musical heritage tied to Dixieland jazz, blues and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The northern portion of the state starting at Baton Rouge and reaching Shreveport shares the similarities with the rest of the US South. (by wikipedia)

Okay, let´s discover this very special brand of music !


01. Feufollet: Ouvre la porte 3.25
02. Lil’ Band o’ Gold: Spoonbread 3.56
03. Allen Toussaint: West End Blues 3.52
04. Irma Thomas w/Dr. John: Be You 5.04
05. The Savoy Family Band: I’ll Be Lonely 3.31
06. Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys: Grand Isle 3-22
07. C.J. Chenier: Ridin’ With Uncle Cleveland 4.34
08. The Hot 8 Brass Band:  What’s My Name? 6.32
09. Chuck Perkins: Congo Square 3.05
10. Soul Rebels Brass Band: Say Na Hey 4.06
11. Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole: Pa Janvier 4.43
12. Little Freddie King: I Used To Be Down 5.08
13. “Sunpie” Barnes & Michael Doucet: Zydeco et la encore 4.26
14. Jo-el Sonnier: Amede Ardion 4.29
15. The Balfa Brothers: Drukard’s sorrow waltz (La valse des bambocheurs) 3.12