"La Musique" by the Pine Leaf Boys nearly does the impossible. It almost captures one of the most exciting live bands around on a disc. Of course, there's no way to listen to this album and manage to see bandmembers like Cedric Watson and Wilson Savoy seamlessly trade off accordians and fiddles, guitar maestro Jon Bertrand flail around like Jimi Hendrix a la Elton, LA, or catch the steady rhythm of Blake Miller and drummer/vocalist/whatever may be needed Drew Simon. However, the album does come close.
At first listen, you'd think that this band might have stepped out of the early recording days of the likes of the Balfa Brothers. But listen again, and you'll notice that this band has managed to carry on the traditions of yesterday and harness in the power of more modern Cajun music to make a wonderful sound all of their own. Highlights of this album include my personal favorite, "La Belle Josette," the high energy "Pine Leaf Boy Two-Step," "Homage a Poullard," "Les Barres de la Prison," and "Chez Moreau." In all actuality, the entire album is a highlight.
If you ever get the chance to see these guys live, you're in for a treat. They're one of the most entertaining bands around and they're like no other Cajun band on the scene. They have a solid foundation made up of Cajun and Creole greats like Iry Lejeune, Canray Fontenot and Dennis McGee, but fuel this tradition with the power of youth. I highly recommend this album and their live show.