Imagine , if you will, a group of Brigadoon-like women playing as long as the Hackberry Ramblers except they never aged (or got wrinkly) and that's an apt description of their pure, old timey sound...No French
group has ever sung harmonies like they do--Savoy and Vidrine are masters at melding their voices
together, then gracefully creating tension between the notes. Chers Amis has riches enough to make one a spiritual millionaire several times over and that is our ﬁnal answer.
We are an all-woman band who can play many styles of French music from southwest Louisiana. (See our press reviews). From dancehall Cajun to primitive Creole, from house music to front porch ballads, we are an ideal band for concerts, festivals, or rockin' dance parties. Part of the body of The Magnolia Sisters' music has been gleaned from a long-buried wealth of Cajun jewels found in our extensive personal music archives.
Though these older songs are some of the most unusual aspects of our sound, we also love to play Cajun standards in a hardcore dancehall style, as well as primitive Creole numbers that we learned from Creole masters like Canray Fontenot and Preston Frank. We take beautiful and long-lost songs from old collections and sweep off the cobwebs to bring them back in all their richness.
One thing that makes the Sisters' music so appealing is our shared ability as multi-instrumentalists; each band member plays several different instruments. During our shows we move between twin fiddle tunes, heavy bass Creole hits, dancehall standards and a cappella ballads. This makes a musical evening with the Magnolia Sisters a fun and enriching experience.
Our latest CD, Stripped Down, landed us back on the Arhoolie label. This CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. Before that we released two CDs on the Rounder label, Apres Faire le Boogie Woogie and Chers Amis (2000). Our first CD, Prends Courage, was released in 1995 on Arhoolie Records. Our second release, Chers Amis was on Rounder Records in 2000. All of these recordings include Cajun standards, riotous swingband numbers, blues, a cappella ballads, and fiddle duets, some slightly altered to reflect a woman's viewpoint.