Eh ha ha: A tribute to the original Cajun fiddle of Harry Choates

by Kevin Anthony & G-Town

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    Harry Choates may be all but forgotten today but in the 1940s he was unmatched in both his ability on the fiddle and his propensity for self-destruction, Choates burned hard and fast in the honky-tonks and dancehalls of Texas and Louisiana. He never left the Gulf Coast’s warm embrace but his impact, while often unacknowledged, is still felt in both Cajun music and in the Texas coast gumbo of country, Texas swing, blues and Tejano. Kevin Anthony & G-Town is honoring that legacy by recording an album of Choates’s music.

    Choates died at 28 from alcohol withdrawal in an Austin jail cell but in his short time on Earth, his recordings captured the meeting of cultures along the Gulf Coast and propelled Cajun music into the national consciousness. Best known for his reworking and recording of Jole Blon, Choates is the only musician to take a Cajun song into the top five of the Billboard Charts. But while known for that and other Cajun songs, Choates loved Texas Swing and his live shows were a mixture of songs in English and French.

    Recorded at Sugarhill Studios, Houston, Texas March 2019
    Produced by Louis Michot
    Engineered & Mixed by Cody Franz
    Mastered by Pat Manske

    Kevin Anthony-Vocals, fiddle
    Christopher Smith Gonzalez-Upright bass
    Nicole Mendell-Drums
    Jim Hall-Steel guitar
    Louis Michot-fiddle, vocals
    Nick Gaitan-Upright bass

    Photography-John DeLapp

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Harry Choates may be all but forgotten today but in the 1940s he was unmatched in both his ability on the fiddle and his propensity for self-destruction, Choates burned hard and fast in the honky-tonks and dancehalls of Texas and Louisiana. He never left the Gulf Coast’s warm embrace but his impact, while often unacknowledged, is still felt in both Cajun music and in the Texas coast gumbo of country, Texas swing, blues and Tejano. Kevin Anthony & G-Town is honoring that legacy by recording an album of Choates’s music.

Choates died at 28 from alcohol withdrawal in an Austin jail cell but in his short time on Earth, his recordings captured the meeting of cultures along the Gulf Coast and propelled Cajun music into the national consciousness. Best known for his reworking and recording of Jole Blon, Choates is the only musician to take a Cajun song into the top five of the Billboard Charts. But while known for that and other Cajun songs, Choates loved Texas Swing and his live shows were a mixture of songs in English and French.

Recorded at Sugarhill Studios, Houston, Texas March 2019
Produced by Louis Michot
Engineered & Mixed by Cody Franz
Mastered by Pat Manske

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released October 5, 2019

Kevin Anthony-Vocals, fiddle
Christopher Smith Gonzalez-Upright bass
Nicole Mendell-Drums
Jim Hall-Steel guitar
Louis Michot-fiddle, vocals
Nick Gaitan-Upright bass

Photography-John DeLapp

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The Gulf Coast sound! Take a little country, mix it with a little Tejano, Western Swing & Cajun and you have a nice gumbo!

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