Live At Whiskey River Landing


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Review Text Angelle's Whiskey River Landing, a modest but regionally famous bar and dancehall on the levee of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin, almost deserves credit as a bandmember on this thrilling live album. Angelle's is Balfa Tourjours' favorite place to play, and you can hear it on every song; the band is completely relaxed, laying down a stomping, rolling rhythm under the constant ripple of fiddle and accordion and Christine Balfa's wailing vocals. The band members laugh and compliment the dancers between songs and lapse from English into French and back again apparently without thought. The tunes range from the soaring "La Chandelle Est Allume" to down-and-dirty stompers like "The Towing Truck Blues" and "Le Two-Step du Platin" without much variation in mood; this isn't a concert, it's a dance party, so the music is there to serve a higher purpose. You might expect that fact to make the music less interesting, but it doesn't. Instead, what's consistently amazing is the sheer force of humor and goodwill that permeates every note. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Chndelle Est Allumee - 4:58
  2. 2. Whiskey River Special - 4:43
  3. 3. Valse des Pins (The Waltz of the Pines) - 4:36
  4. 4. Reel Fruge (The Fruge Reel) - 3:46
  5. 5. Two-Step de Bon Cafe (The Good Coffee Two-Step) - 3:59
  6. 6. Tow Truck Blues - 4:43
  7. 7. Mon Vieux Wagon - 3:06
  8. 8. Vlas de Belizaire (Belizaire's Waltz) - 4:51
  9. 9. Two-Step de Platin (Platin Two-Step) - 3:15
  10. 10. Casse Pas Ma Tete (Don't Break My Head) - 3:13
  11. 11. Frank Dupuis a Pris Ma Femme (Frank Dupuis Took My Woman) - 3:19
  12. 12. Tu Peux Cogner Mais Tu Peux Pas Rentere 9you Can Knock But You ... - 5:52
  13. 13. C'Est Tout Perdu (It's All Lost) - 4:31
  14. 14. Keep Your Hands off of It - 4:05
  15. 15. Chez Geno (At Geno's House) - 4:00

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