Jesse Lége & Joel Savoy are a long-time due playing cajun music who recently teamed up with Caleb Klauder and the Foghorn String Band to create the Cajun Country Revival and they’ve put out a CD called The Right Combination which is full of traditional cajun songs plus a few traditional country songs done up cajun style. As you might expect, the CD is pure fun, front to back. This music will make even everyone want to dance, even if just on the inside. Highlights for me are “Ouvre La Porte” (Open the Door), “Tippy Toeing,” and “Corina”. But honestly there’s not a bad track on this CD. Great music for the road.
Three songs from the The Cajun Country Revival featuring Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy, and the Caleb Klauder Country Band.
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Last night I headed out to The Berkeley to see Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy, & The Cajun Country Revival, featuring Caleb Klauder. Talk about feel good music. Nothing beats a cajun two step rythm to pick up your spirits. I maintained my usual back of the room position, recording parts of the show for an upcoming podcast. (Still trying to get permission). But the dance floor was jam-packed with people everyone in the room was having a great time.
Sadly, i was not able to catch half the song titles that Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy were playing. My ear just isn’t used to listening to those French/cajun names. But I’ll tell ya it was goo.
They sprinkled in a few tracks from Caleb Klauder’s various band incarnations including a very Hank Williams-esque song, “Hole In My Heart.”
Very fine evening. Here’s a video that will give you a taste of the music.
Caleb Klauder told me in an interview that he’s not very prolific. His backing band is called, “The Caleb Klauder Band.” His latest CD is simply called Western Country. Sometimes musicians don’t distinguish themselves by being super-clever. The distinguish themselves by producing a pure, simple sound that digs straight into your brain. Caleb Klauder is one of those musicians. Western Country has a few original tunes and several covers from the earliest days of country music including a cover of the classic country tune “Satisfied Mind.” But here’s the thing. Unless you are a historian of early country music, you’d never be able to tell the difference between Klauder’s originals and the covers. His mastery of that country sound is dead on perfect. The Caleb Klauder band is not a tribute band. They are making music in the hear and now. Singing about things that are as relevant today as they ever have been. This is a testament both to the early days of country music and a testament to Caleb Klauder as a musician. The highlights for me are “Worn Out Shoes,” “Pieces On The Floor,” and the Bill Reid cover, “In My Heart I Love You Yet.”
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“Klauder makes good ol’-fashioned country music, brushing on honky-tonk, rockabilly, Western swing, and maybe a bit of calico-print gospel, too. Klauder plays guitar and mandolin, and sings with a tarnished, weathered voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old AM broadcast from the early part of last century.” — The Portland Mercury
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