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Foghorn Trio - Sud De La Louisiane (Self Release)
From the opening few bars of Bill and Mary Reed's I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You), we know we're in for a highly entertaining retro-filled old-time knees-up with this offshoot project from the 'ass-kickin'' Foghorn Stringband. Portland, Oregon's Foghorn Trio play this music as it should be played, gathered around a single microphone just like back in those very days they endeavour to recreate. The sheer energy of playing, together with the tight arrangements and authentic harmony vocals, brings to life the spirit of a music that will only be lost to us if we allow it to be.
With the Stringband's Stephen 'Sammy' Lind on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals and Caleb Klauder on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals together with Quebec-born Nadine Landry (Hungry Hill) on guitar, bass and vocals, the trio trawl the annals of American folk music, once again reminding us of the outstanding work of such major influences as The Carter Family (Hello Central, Let's Be Lovers Again), Kitty Wells (I Don't Claim To Be An Angel) and Doc Watson (I'm Troubled), amongst others, with a couple of Caleb Klauder originals (Just a Little, Puttin' Up the Wood) added to the mix. With Alex Broussard's Le Sud De La Louisiane, which provides the album with its title, the trio demonstrate their versatility remarkably well, incorporating this nod to Cajun music, which sits so well alongside the bluegrass and old time music fare.
With an equal measure of fiddle tunes and songs, SUD DE LA LOUISIANE provides just the tonic for those of us preparing for another summer of acoustic music festivals. A recommended album to stick in the car for the drive down; just avoid the urge to square dance on the M1.