Cleoma's Ghost | Take Me Back

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Take Me Back

by Cleoma's Ghost

A gumbo of sassy and serene Cajun dance music.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. 'Tit Oiseaux
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2. Louisiana Boogie Woogie
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3. Sat in the Window
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4. Iko Iko
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5. Marie Buller
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6. Cornbread and Butterbeans
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7. Karleen
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8. Blues de Cajun
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9. Chere Bassette
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10. Take Me Back
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11. KLFY Waltz
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12. 'Tit Galoup
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13. Dark Eyes
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14. Jambalaya
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15. Parting Waltz
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16. Born in the Country
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Take Me Back is the result of our myriad journeys to SW Louisiana and our connections with other Cajun musicians and friends from the bayou and prairie.

One of these sojourns involved an experience that lead to the writing of our song "Karleen". We met her at a drive-through daiquiri bar in Holly Beach before Hurricane Rita blew the bar out to sea. Our exploration of the bayou and the Louisiana prairie has provided great inspiration for our music.


Take Me Back captures a feeling of longing...... to return to a place where you have danced or laughed, played music or shared a poignant moment. To return to a place where everything was simple and good...... Where the air smelled sweeter, the beer was colder, the food was spicier and the music hotter still. It's a place both internal and external.

A review of Take Me Back From Roll Magazine.....

CLEOMA’S GHOST—
TAKE ME BACK: A CAJUN REVERIE
(Little Bird Records)
The music of Cleoma’s Ghost sounds like a
party, especially on their new album, Take
Me Back: A Cajun Reverie. It’s the kind of party
found on rickety front porches on lazy summer
nights, fireflies dancing in the distance. In
many ways, the album’s Cajun party vibe is
inherent in the music, some originals and some
already familiar. But even more so, it’s in the
authenticity the musicians bring to the table.
Take Me Back, according to the Cleoma’s Ghost website, is the
culmination of numerous trips to Southwest Louisiana, soaking up
the atmosphere, as well as meeting new people like “Karleen,” who
Buffy Lewis and Roger Weiss met at a drive-thru daiquiri bar in
Holly Beach before it was blown out to sea by Hurricane Rita.
Lewis, who sings and plays guitar, and Weiss, who plays the fiddle
and also sings, combine to form a perfect musical pairing, each
aware of what they bring to the party without stepping on one
another’s toes. It’s a natural trait which serves them well, not only in
their own interplay, but also when other musicians enter the picture.
Covers of “Jambalaya,” “Iko Iko” and other traditional numbers weave
seamlessly with originals, like the accomplished title track.
If you’re a fan of the fiddle, you’re in luck. Of the 16 songs on Take Me
Back, 14 begin with the fiddle, with only “Louisiana Boogie Woogie”
(guitar) and “Born in the Country” (a cat, a dog, and then the fiddle).
Take Me Back is more than just a travelogue; it’s likely to transport the
listener to another place. —Crispin Kott


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Charles Hoerr

Deeply nourishing
May seem a little rough at first listening, but the more you listen the more its true power and beauty unfolds. Down home, authentic, soulful, unsentimental, solid, playful, melancholy, deeply rooted. I imagine this is the music that was playing at the prodigal son's return after a long, fruitless diversion in the realms of glamor and pretension. He hears it through the window and immediately knows himself to be home. Roger and Buffy are quietly tapping the eternal here. This album is a testament to the endurance, adaptability and vitality of rural america and its deeply nourishing music.

Alice Alden

Cleoma Would Be Proud
“take me back” is a delightful gumbo of Louisiana music. Cleoma’s Ghost selected historical Cajun songs like Cleoma Breaux & Joe Falcon’s “Marie Bueller” and long-established Cajun music by Dewey Balfa and others. The Creole effect is heard in “Born in the Country.” The ever popular “Jambalaya” represents the Hank Williams Texas-influence while “Iko Iko” speaks to New Orleans Mardi Gras. The traditional “Cornbread and Butterbeans” will continue to play in your head long after this CD has finished playing. Cleoma would be proud.

Robert O'Malley

Great CD
I love this CD. I have listened to Cleomas Ghost in person just once and was anxious to buy their CDs. This does not disappoint. A bit different from their first CD, there are several guest musicians on this but the essence of Cleoma's Ghost is not lost one bit. They have a unique sound that is infectious. My favorite tracks are "Sat in the Window", "Cornbread and Butterbeans", and "Born in the Country". Roger Weiss's fiddle playing is perfect and Buffy provides an incredible voice as well as a steady beat to keep you tapping your toes. I especially love their take on a few Cajun classics as well as expanding my appreciation of other tunes, not necessarily cajun but lend themselves to Cleoma's Ghost style.
I listen to Cajun music all the time and it takes a lot to crack in to my CD lineup in my car. "Take Me Back" has done that and is now in my daily playlist. I look forward to their next CD.