REVIEW: The Revelers capture the spirit of Louisiana on ‘Au Bout de la Riviere’


When it comes to Louisiana music, you probably have a good idea what to expect. You’ll hear accordion, rub board, and some infectious rhythms that will get you moving. On the new album Au Bout de La Rivière, The Revelers give you a lot of what you would expect, but the band also adds some twists of its own.

The title track is absurdly good. Right from the opening notes on the accordion played by Blake Miller, your body is moving to the classic Cajun sounds. It’s such a happy melody that you’re only thinking about dancing and enjoying the tune – particularly if you have a dance partner. Then the instrumental break hits and you hear Chris Miller wailing on the sax just like an old soul song while the rhythm section (Glenn Fields on drums and Trey Boudreaux on bass) propels the song. Then comes Chas Justus’ guitar, and the sound is as clean as anything by Mark Knopfler. That’s when you realize that it’s a good thing you have 10 more songs to enjoy on the album.

Even on the slow songs, this band will get you dancing. “Les Bleus a Blake” brings the tempo way down, but it’s great for slow dancing. There are a couple other slow tempo songs on the album that are pretty interesting. “She’s a Woman” and “You’re Not To Blame” are basically country songs featuring the accordion. “You’re Not To Blame” – with the sounds of the pedal steel – is particularly interesting because of its similarity to a Texas Tornadoes song.

“Who Who, Yeah You” is an interesting agglomeration of a song. It is a Cajun boogie tune, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The horns are pure soul. Meanwhile, the the guitar has a clean, bluesy sound. It may not be easy to classify this song other than to say that it would be a fun song to play at parties.

“Southside Stomp” is another song that would be good for parties – especially if the people at the party have some room to dance. This song – with its infectious beat – no doubt would get couples moving and twirling on the dance floor.

This album doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of a traditional Cajun album, but it is infused with the spirit of Louisiana just as much as gumbo or jambalaya. It gives you plenty of opportunities to dance if only you’ll take advantage of them. (Who’s to say you can’t dance in your car while you’re driving to work?) Au Bout de La Rivière will be available everywhere on November 8.

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