Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Wandering Aces Special" - Lawrence Walker

Lawrence Walker restored the accordion to center stage and purveyed the simpler, old-time style then in demand. Walker reached his peak of popularity during the 1950s with his Wandering Aces Band, performing in dance halls through south Louisiana and east Texas. Walker's talent and spirit always come through in songs such as the "Wandering Aces Special" (#606) recorded for Khoury's label in 1950.1

It was his rendition of the old Joe Falcon tune called "A Cowboy Rider".  Later, the song would become Marc Savoy's "Melville Two Step".  The recording contained possibly Houston Fruge, Mitch David on fiddle, possibly Valmont "Junior" Benoit on steel guitar and, possibly Simon Schexneider on drums.

During the 1950s, performers like Nathan Abshire, Iry LeJeune and Lawrence Walker were enormously popular with their playing.  

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  1. Let the Good Times Roll!: A Guide to Cajun & Zydeco Music by Patricia Nyhan


A Legend At Last (Swallow, 1983)
Cajun Honky Tonk: Khoury Recordings (Arhoolie, 1995)
Essential Collection of Lawrence Walker (Swallow, 2010)

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