David Greely is a native of Baton Rouge and grew up playing the fiddle; he was more interested in Country and Bluegrass music than the Cajun music of his ancestors. This seemed to change and his interest was peaked somewhere around 1984 or 5, and Dewey Balfa mentored him. He is now widely considered one of the best Cajun fiddlers around. His day job is as a member of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, and plays with Lil' Band of Gold, and now is putting out his first solo disc on which he expresses the happiness and sorrows that are inherent in traditional Cajun music. He is one of the rare individuals in any culture that can feel the music and stay true to the traditions and at the same time be an innovator.
If you are looking for the dance hall rhythms and full band sound of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys you are going to be disappointed, however if you want the essence of Cajun fiddling by where tradition and innovation are married together this is a superb disc. Each cut has different instrumentation; sometimes he is playing with one other fiddler, sometimes two, upon occasion he has a piano or viola. In other words surprise and though this is definitely David's disc he gives the others who help him, such as Gina Forsyth (fiddle), Sam Broussard (guitar), Cedric Watson (fiddle), Joel Savoy (fiddle) and others, all well respected musicians in their own right, plenty of room to step to the front of the stage and cut loose. The songs on this disc are a mixture of traditional pieces, some old pieces by the likes of Pee Wee Broussard, Dennis McGee, and some more contemporary songs that follow the tradition in an organic manner by the likes of Wade Fruge and David Greely. This is a disc that seems to express the soul and heart of Cajun music as interpreted by David Greely, who is considered one of the finest of Cajun fiddlers.
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