Review: Mama Rosin – Bye Bye Bayou: The New York Sessions

Posted on: Friday, Dec 14, 2012

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Mama Rosin – Bye Bye Bayou: The New York Sessions

(Moi J’Connais)

Have you ever heard Cleveland Crochet’s ‘Sugar Bee’? It was the first Cajun tune I ever heard – not typically Cajun, but the less than pristine sound really enhances the bluesy vocal, the wheezing accordion, the wild guitar break, and the fortunately never–fulfilled sense that everything is about to fall apart.

It came to mind numerous times on this pretty wild album of Cajun-punk-blues, with the Swiss trio recording in Jon Spencer’s New York studio – yes the Jon Spencer of Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash and Fat Possum’s punk-blues releases, and his associate Matt Verta-Ray helps out too.

Never one to pigeonhole themselves, Mama Rosin can sing about Wivenhoe in Essex in a style that mixes (that’s definitely the correct word!) zydeco with The Beastie Boys, evoke Arthur Lyman for 30 seconds, team Jessie Mae Hemphill up with Lou Reed on ‘Mama Don’t’, and get down to the blues pure and simple (well nearly, anyway) with The Mississippi Sheiks’ ‘Assis Sur Le Sommet Du Monde’ – ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’, of course.

To pinch a line from Fat Possum, definitely not the same old Cajun crap.

NORMAN DARWEN

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