Mountain Road Two-Step
Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra -'Mountain Road Two-Step' © by Dan Willging (Colorado) DR1 IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2001 Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra,changed their name to the Catskill Cajun Band after a personnel change. Peter Jentsch no longer played with the group and Dave Rule replaced Paul Maloney on bass. The Catskill Cajun Band continued to host their own monthly dance on the First Friday of every month at The Colony Cafe in Woodstock, New York. Doctor Romo left the band shortly after that and contiues to play Cajun, Old Time, and bluegrass music. Doctor Romo also hosts a Cajun and Zydeco radio show on WVKR 91.3 FM in Poughkeepsie, NY. You can hear the show online at WVKR.ORG every Thursday morning from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. E Mail him at email@example.com Initially, it would be hard to ascertain that Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra aren't from the bayous based on their exemplary playing. Frolicking fiddles, interlocking rhythm guitar and satisfying accordion all indicate that these upstate New Yorkers have a keen handle on Cajun music, especially the elusive rhythms that are so un-American. Their steppin' renditions of 'Lacassine Special, ' 'Chere Mama Creole' and 'Valse de Balfa' are simply superb but it doesn't stop there with a house full of standards. What's astonishing about these swingsters is how well they preserve the music's integrity with in-the-idioms originals ('Pris Mon Coeur, ' 'Jamesie's Waltz, ' 'Mon Coeur Est Avec Toi') that are sung in clearly-enunciated French. If that's not enough, their rollicking Zydeco, especially Geno Delafose's 'Je Vais Jamais La Voir Encore, ' also works well, hence suggesting their grasp on Louisiana French Music is truly solid. Occasionally, they bust out of the crawfish paradigm to swing like crazy on time-honored standards 'Sweet Georgia Brown' and 'All of Me' that doesn't break the disc's flow. An unlikely combination spiced with daring surprises, Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra have the right vibe, baby, uh-huh. Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org-- Dan Willging (email@example.com) Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra play traditional Cajun music in the style of The Balfa Brothers, Nathan Abshire, Canray Fontenot and Dennis McGee. The band consists of Doctor Romo on accordion, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and vocals; Peter Jentsch on fiddle and vocals, Buffy Lewis on vocals, 'tit fer (triangle), and frottoir (rub board), Roger Weiss on guitar, fiddle, and vocals; and Paul Maloney on bass. Doctor Romo and the Cajun Swing Orchestra have appeared with C.J. Chenier and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas at the Blues 2000 Music Festival Zydeco Sunday. They have also appeared at the Stanfordville Memorial Day Cajun Music Festival and the annual Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs, NY.