Dans la Louisianne

Dans la Louisianne

by Vin BruceVin Bruce


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This compilation features 20 songs that major early Cajun music singer/guitarist Vin Bruce recorded for Columbia Records between 1952 and 1954. Most of them found release on 45s at the time, though a couple French-language tunes, "Le Délece" and "Si Toi Tu M'Aime," make their first appearance on this CD. Though this music doesn't sound startling to modern ears, these are important Cajun recordings, for a couple of reasons. According to Michael Hurtt's liner notes in the accompanying 36-page booklet, Bruce's stint with Columbia "represented the first time that a Cajun artist was marketed to the widespread record-buying public by a major recording company." Bruce was also the first Cajun artist to record with leading Nashville session players as that city became established as the country music capital, including Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley (on piano), and Grady Martin, all of whom make contributions to these tracks. Accordingly, the music can sound as country as Cajun, almost like a link between Louisiana sounds and early hillbilly/honky tonk. Singing in both English and French, Bruce had a laid-back, almost low-energy delivery that puts him on the mild side of this hybrid. If you're looking for a Cajunized, less intense version of early-'50s Hank Williams (with whom Bruce played at Williams' 1952 wedding), this might do the trick.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2011
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127168955
catalogNumber: 2716895
Rank: 89825

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vin Bruce   Primary Artist
Chet Atkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Ernie Newton   Bass
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Jack Shook   Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
"Papa" John Gordy   Piano
Robert Lee "Bob" Foster   Steel Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Donald Helms   Steel Guitar
Ervin J. Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Leader,Vocals

Technical Credits

Vin Bruce   Composer,Illustrations
Chet Atkins   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Mark Webb   Composer
Autry Inman   Composer
Zeke Clements   Composer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
George Sherry   Composer
Buck Bryant   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Michael Hurtt   Biographical Information
Jat Herod   Composer
Vida Weaver   Composer
Ivin Reynolds   Composer
Aline Adams   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration

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