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The Savoy Family Band - Turn Loose But Don't Let Go

Turn Loose But
Don't Let Go

The Savoy Family Band

Arhoolie Records - CD 525

Available from Arhoolie Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

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Arhoolie Records deserves great praise for continuing in these times to consistently put out high quality discs that go beyond what is commercially produced for the radio, and to set an exalted archetype for others to strain for.

The Savoy family continues it tradition of tight vocals, exemplary musicianship, and stretching the standards for Cajun music. This is a Cajun family that not only is regarded as the paradigm for Cajun music, but the craftsmanship that goes into the instruments that they build is unrivaled, and the lengths they reach for to keeping alive the Cajun tradition is nonpareil. Marc Savoy plays and builds Acadian accordions at the Savoy Music Center in Eunice, LA, also a hub for members of the Cajun community. The rest of the family is Ann Savoy on guitars, vocals, and triangle; Wilson Savoy on piano, vocals, fiddle and accordion; Joel Savoy fiddle and guitar; and they the family is augmented on several cuts by either Steve Riley or Drew Simon on drums. Ann and/or Marc wrote and/or arranged a number of the cuts with Joel or other members of the family contributing; Ann did some of the photography,;the music is mixed by Joel at his studio; the disc was produced by The Savoy Family, fitting that old axiom rephrased that the family that creates together stays together.

This is as close as you are going to get to the real thing without going to western Louisiana and stopping in at the Savoy Music Center when they are having one of their weekly jam sessions. The music is high energy and will get your toes to tapping and probably have you trying to get up and do some of the wonderful Cajun dancing that is so graceful. Don't miss out on a true slice of Americana tradition.

Track List:

  • Crowley Two Step
  • Tous Les Soirs Quand Ca Fait Noir
  • 'Tite Robe Courte
  • Baby And the Gambler
  • Je Me Sens Comme Une Pauvre Orpheline (I Feel Like a Poor Orphan Girl)
  • I'll Be Lonely (Je Vas M'Ennuyer)
  • Rockin' Chair Two Step
  • Sugar Bee
  • Madame Atchen
  • Rosa, Tomorrow Is Not Sunday (Adieu Rosa)
  • You're So Easy To Love
  • Valse De Reeds (Reed's Waltz)
  • Two Step De Prairie Soileau
  • You Don't Know Me (Tu Me Connais Pas)
  • Cheese Cloth

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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