Red Stick Ramblers: Bring It on Down (2003) MP3/Flac

This review is from: Bring It on Down (Audio CD)
The Red Stick Ramblers hail from Louisiana and this CD showcases their collective talents that feature twin fiddles, a tight rhythm section, guitar, mandolin and strong vocals. This band offers a tasty blend of Cajun, Western Swing, and Django-style jazz. Three Western Swing tunes take the cake on this CD - the title cut (Bring It on Down to My House), Stay All Night, and Dinah. These tracks feature tight fiddling, strong vocals, and a rhythm section that pushes the band at just the right tempos. It's enough to make you say "aaaahhh". Talented fiddler Linzay Young provides lead vocals on many of the tunes and his vocal range and inflection are perfect for the arrangements. A number of originals including Main Street Blues and Rattle My Cage are very strong tunes. The mournful fiddle at the beginning of Rattle My Cage is very haunting, enough to deliver chills upon repeated listenings. Cajun tunes that show up here include Two Step des Condanmés (featuring Cajun accordion wizard Steve Riley) and Parting Waltz. If you enjoy music from southwest Louisiana and Texas, then you'll like this CD. On this release, this band of relatively young players proves that they really can bring it with the best. As an added note, the Ramblers have had some recent turnover in the band and the new players include Kevin Wimmer (from Balfa Toujours), one of the best fiddlers in SW Louisiana. I saw the band, complete with the new lineup, in mid-Sept. 2004 where they roared through a very nice set at Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette. If you get the chance to see the Ramblers live, be prepared to dance.