Cajun fiddler/singer Ann Savoy had, for some time, been interested in doing a Cajun music project using musicians from outside the Cajun world of south Louisiana.

Cajun fiddler/singer Ann Savoy had, for some time, been interested in doing a Cajun music project using musicians from outside the Cajun world of south Louisiana. Evangeline Made is Savoy's ambitious recording project realized. Under her tutelage, such singers as Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson, John Fogerty, Nick Lowe, David Johansen, and Patti Griffin tackle Cajun tunes—in French, of course —and the results are certainly encouraging. Highlights include the classic waltz tune "Ma Blonde est Partie" (featuring Maria McKee), "Pa Janvier, Laisse Moi M'en Aller" (featuring Griffin), and the two-step standard "Diggy Liggy Lo" (featuring Fogerty). The pairing of Savoy and Ronstadt on the ballad "La Chanson d'une Fille de Quinze Ans" and the waltz "O Ma Chere 'Tite Fille" is nothing short of perfection. Quite the credible Cajun collection.—PVV

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