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Various: I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD)

(2015/Valcour) 25 tracks. Producers Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery have collaborated to create Rediscovering Lomax in Evangeline Country, a one-of-a-kind collection of recordings featuring Louisiana artists performing fresh takes on a unique series of folk songs—both French and English—archived in Louisiana in the 1930s by the late Alan and John Lomax. The collection features 24 tracks by an incredible group of artists, including Michael Doucet, Marc Broussard, Wayne Toups, Zachary Richard, Tiffany Lamson, Steve Riley, Ann Savoy, Dirk Powell, Roddie Romero, Cedric Watson, David Greely, Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Anna Laura Edmiston, Kristi Guillory, Joshua Caffery, Claire Caffery, Barry Ancelet, Carl Brazell, Megan Brown and Aurora Nealand.

During the last few decades of the twentieth century, it became fashionable in some circles to belittle the work of Alan and John Lomax. As is often the fate of intellectuals who reach beyond academia to a broader public, they were considered somehow suspect, and their work came to be misunderstood, neglected, and often ignored by many scholars who would otherwise be interested in traditional music. Often, the two very diferent people—and very diferent thinkers—were combined into one conglomerate Lomax, a sort of golem that came to symbolize old-fashioned approaches to folk music. To the detriment of the study of American vernacular music, however, misgivings about the Lomaxes and their missions bled over into and contributed to a monumental failure to address the bulk of their extensive collections. 

And while many famous performers whose legacies were intertwined with the Lomaxes became icons of American roots music (Lead belly, for instance, or Muddy Waters), the broad scope of even their earliest feld collections largely overwhelmed the assembled academic and archival apparatuses of the twentieth century.In this century, however, things have changed with respect to such collections and to the role of early feld collections in general. Te gears of the old machine have been oiled up, so to speak, and things seem to be getting rolling again. Tere are a number of reasons for this: frst, technology increasingly provides more efcient access to the media they collected. It’s very easy to ignore something silently gathering dust in an archive but substantially more difcult to neglect important cultural performances when they are within swiping distance, particularly when they undermine or enhance inherited ideas about the character of major genres of American music. Second, a century or so after feld recording became feasible, it continues to become increasingly clear that the early era of recorded sound did preserve something extraordinary and evanescent—a moment in human culture (or at least Western culture) before centuries of oral tradition became irrevocably disrupted and in some cases eviscerated. 

It should be clear to anyone today that John Lomax wasn’t just being quaint and romantic when fretting about song styles expiring, or that Alan Lomax was sounding an overly shrill alarm about impinging threats to cultural diversity. Songs traditions were submerged. Cultural diversity was damaged. Te Lomaxes were, more often than not, just being realistic, and we can see this with clearer eyes today.Handwringing about the Lomaxes or about the importance of old songs, of course, has never been too much of a concern in southern Louisiana. Perhaps it’s the encroaching, fligreed coast, or the beautiful French still surfacing and disappearing in everyday life—whatever it is, there’s an awareness of the past and candor about the realities of cultural change. In some ways, Louisiana has been a model or at least a test case for how vernacular traditions can adapt and reconstitute themselves using tools of the sort pioneered by John and Alan Lomax. Eighty years after the Lomax trip to the area, for instance, we can see that the songs they recorded have had a major impact on the character and form of Cajun and Creole music. A recent celebration of their work at the 40th Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, which included a concert performance as well as a compact disc of Lomax songs performed at the festival over the years, for instance, made this abundantly clear. In addition to the region’s shared accordion/fddle/guitar music with lyrics in vernacular French, musicians have used the Lomax materials to explore narrative and harmonic pathways that enhance and expand the musical language of the region, or at least keep it broad and fexible. In an area with a cultural aesthetic grounded in reverence for tradition, the Lomax collections and other archival resources help ensure that this tradition remains accessible, irrepressible, and endlessly recombinant.In this collection, we’ve tried to look again at these old felds explored by the Lomaxes and more fully sound the resources they ofer. 

By digging into these older genres, there’s an attempt to expand the musical future by enlarging the the musical past and perhaps tweaking our understanding of what is or what might be traditional and native in French Louisiana. As it turns out, of course, what is traditional in French Louisiana isn’t always French, and that’s OK. It’s a big stretch, furthermore, to call many of these songs folk music. Some of the songs recorded and sometimes imagined as ancient Acadian ballads, not just by the Lomaxes, but by the singers themselves, for instance, were actually art songs written for upper crust parlors by French aristocrats. Some were written for comic operas of the eighteenth century. 

This box set, therefore, is an eclectic mix of songs from what John Lomax called Evangeline country—in English and French, some hundreds of years old, some new at the time they were recorded. Some were no doubt once sung by peasants in the felds of Acadie, and some in the Protestant churches of Crowley. Whatever the case may be, they’re a reminder that the music of Louisiana’s countryside has and always will keep us guessing.

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  • Album titlle: I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD)

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Label VALCOUR

  • Genre Cajun & Zydeco

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  • EAN: 0888295255295

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Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 1
01 Le Garçon Sans Soucis- Megan Brown and Joel Savoy
02 Batson- Claire Caffery
03 Inch Above Your Knee- Kelli Jones-Savoy and Joel Savoy
04 La Chanson de Théogène Dubois- Michael Doucet
05 The Waco Girl- Dirk Powell
06 La Jolie Fille et le Garçon Colonial- Megan Brown
Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 2
01 I’m Alone in this world- John Oliver and Friends
02 L’amour Qui M’a Séduit le Coeur- Kelli Jones-Savoy and Megan Brown
03 When I Die- Marc Broussard
04 Amour et Fanatisme- Claire Caffery and Carl Brazell with Wilson Savoy
05 Les Amours et les Beaux Jours- Anna Laura Edmiston
06 Viens Donc T’assis sur la Croix de ma Tombe- Barry Ancelet and Joel Savoy
Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 3
01 Aux Illinois- Ann Savoy
02 La Fête Printenière- Megan Brown and Kelli Jones-Savoy
03 Wayne Perry Tunes- David Greely
04 Rory O’Moore- Aurora Nealand with Wilson and Joel Savoy and Joshua Caffery
05 Je M’ai Fait une Maîtresse- Michael Doucet
06 Tout un Beau Soir- Zachary Richard and Roddie Romero
Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 4
01 The Orphan Girl- Tiffany Lamson
02 La Fille de Quinze Ans- Kristi Guillory and Joel Savoy
03 Liza Jane- Wilson and Joel Savoy with Cedric Watson
04 La Fille de la Veuve- The Band Courtbouillon
05 Madame Émélie- Megan Brown and Joshua Caffery
06 Jolie Brune- Kristi Guillory
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Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 1
01 Le Garçon Sans Soucis- Megan Brown and Joel Savoy
02 Batson- Claire Caffery
03 Inch Above Your Knee- Kelli Jones-Savoy and Joel Savoy
04 La Chanson de Théogène Dubois- Michael Doucet
05 The Waco Girl- Dirk Powell
06 La Jolie Fille et le Garçon Colonial- Megan Brown
Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 2
01 I’m Alone in this world- John Oliver and Friends
02 L’amour Qui M’a Séduit le Coeur- Kelli Jones-Savoy and Megan Brown
03 When I Die- Marc Broussard
04 Amour et Fanatisme- Claire Caffery and Carl Brazell with Wilson Savoy
05 Les Amours et les Beaux Jours- Anna Laura Edmiston
06 Viens Donc T’assis sur la Croix de ma Tombe- Barry Ancelet and Joel Savoy
Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 3
01 Aux Illinois- Ann Savoy
02 La Fête Printenière- Megan Brown and Kelli Jones-Savoy
03 Wayne Perry Tunes- David Greely
04 Rory O’Moore- Aurora Nealand with Wilson and Joel Savoy and Joshua Caffery
05 Je M’ai Fait une Maîtresse- Michael Doucet
06 Tout un Beau Soir- Zachary Richard and Roddie Romero
Various - I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD) CD 4
01 The Orphan Girl- Tiffany Lamson
02 La Fille de Quinze Ans- Kristi Guillory and Joel Savoy
03 Liza Jane- Wilson and Joel Savoy with Cedric Watson
04 La Fille de la Veuve- The Band Courtbouillon
05 Madame Émélie- Megan Brown and Joshua Caffery
06 Jolie Brune- Kristi Guillory