New Riverside Ramblers

Cajun Music

The New Riverside Ramblers Cajun band brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up river to the other end of the Mississippi

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Lache pas la Patate

by New Riverside Ramblers


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Following in the tracks of their earlier award-winning albums, New Riverside Ramblers newest recording "Lache Pas la Patate" (Don't Drop the Potato) dishes up more top-notch Louisiana Cajun dance music. The album covers a spectrum from old-style fiddle tunes, lively two-steps, soulful waltzes, gritty blues to rockin' honky-tonk cuts – all inspired by the sounds of the dance halls of Louisiana.

Although the band is a long-standing pillar of the Cajun/Zydeco scene in the Twin Cities, the new album marks their initial recording with three new band members. John Terr (accordion, guitar, vocals) made a pioneering move to Cajun country in the mid-1970’s to absorb the music and continues to reflect the masters of a bygone Cajun generation. AJ Srubas (fiddle, pedal steel guitar) is making waves in the Cajun music scene and tours nationally with Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces. Karl Smelker (bass, vocals) is well known from the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks. They join the band’s veterans, Eric Mohring (fiddle, vocals), Paul Loughridge (percussion), and Karen Kleinspehn (guitar) on this new, exciting recording. With this recording, the Ramblers continue to be deeply rooted in the traditions of Cajun music, but are not afraid to add their own twists and turns …