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The Acousticats

Produced in Santa Barbara, California in 1990, the Acousticats documented two albums before disbanding five years later on. Using a double-fiddle strike, performed by Phil Salazar and Charl Ann Gastineau, and unique tracks by two vocalist/songwriters, Cyrus Clarke and Mike Mullins, the quintet mixed components of traditional folk music with an increase of contemporary affects. While they spotlighted their musical virtuosity on up-tempo bluegrass and string music group instrumentals, the group’s audio also included weighty dosages of French Canadian and Louisiana-style music. Down at Evangelina’s, the Acousticats’ 1992 debut recording, included a genuine Cajun tune, “Hey Hey Evangelina”; a energetic treatment of “Go to the Mardi Gras,” discovered from a 1954 documenting by jazz players Oscar Peterson, Ray Brownish and Natural herb Ellis; along with a melodic rendition of David Mallett’s People from france Canadian fiddle melody “The Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel.” Their second recording, Cat’s Meow, concentrated exclusively on unique tracks by Clarke and Mullins. Because the band’s demise, Salazar offers remained active like a fiddler. Furthermore to carrying out and documenting with John McEuen, he’s continuing to operate in California using the Cache Valley Drifters, the Rincon Ramblers and Acadiana.

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