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Review: Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys, Cravin’ Cajun

Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
Cravin Cajun
Swallow SW-6220

Between the years 2000 and 2004, Kevin Naquin won over a dozen Cajun French Music Association awards. It’s not surprising that he’s such a good accordion player with two great-grandfathers who were well-known musicians, besides having had legendary accordion-player Don Montoucet of the Wandering Aces as an occasional babysitter as a young child. With Cravin’ Cajun, Kevin Naquin has come out with an especially strong album. Besides reaping the benefit of guest musicians on several tracks, Naquin’s current band, which includes Beau Thomas on fiddle, John Gary on steel guitar, and Seth Guidry in bass, is his best yet. The material includes two songs co-written with Barry Ancelet as well as classic songs by Aldus Roger, Lawrence Walker, Don Rich, and Camey Doucet.

Belton Richard’s “Another Lonely Night” (or “Un autre soir ennuyant”) is almost on a par with the peerless rendition that appears on Bruce Daigrepont’s debut album from 1988. That track and “634-5789,” the soul classic from the Sixties, feature Pat Breaux on tenor sax and Marshall Cyr on trumpet. The album closes with a rendition of John Ellison’s “Some Kind of Wonderful” (the Grand Funk Railroad hit as opposed to the King-Goffin song of the same title) which is quite possibly the best and most soulful cover of the song since the 1967 original by the Soul Brothers Six.

—Paul E. Comeau (Comeauville, NS, Canada)

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One comment on “Review: Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys, Cravin’ Cajun

  1. I have to stop listening to this stuff, I was only catching a word here and there, then something clicked, by the 6th song I swear I under stood every word he sang; 634 . . .
    Good stuff there.

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