CAJUN purists might object to the sax-driven rock 'n' roll of "Stir Up the Roux," the title cut of Bruce Daigrepont's debut album. But Daigrepont is an entertainer primarily, not an archivist. Though he displays a strong commitment to Cajun two-steps and waltzes (all sung in French), his record is most committed to recreating the dance party atmosphere that has made him perhaps New Orleans' most popular Cajun act. In fact, it is young Cajuns like Daigrepont who, unafraid to add a little more kick with drums and bass or play a little zydeco, keep its music's popularity spreading.
Make no mistake, Daigrepont's high-spirited, wheezing accordion and Waylon Thibodeaux' keening fiddle are rooted in traditional Cajun styles. Daigrepont's Cajun consciousness is set to song in "Disco et Fais Dodo," the story of a young Cajun who sets out for California, but soon finds he misses gumbo, crawfish, his language and his music ("I go to the disco, but I miss the fais do-do," he sings"). In all, "Stir Up The Roux" is a delightful effort that serves Cajun culture -- past, present and future -- by asserting the music's flexibility and unflagging spirit. BRUCE DAIGREPONT --
"Stir Up The Roux" (Rounder 6016). Appearing Saturday at Twist & Shout in the Bethesda American Legion.