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Bayou Teche

by Mark Viator

Acoustic americana . This veteran Austin, Texas singer/songwriter is a masterful slide guitarist with strong Cajun, folk and country blues roots. "Wonderful acoustic journey from the roots of Louisiana to the best of Austin's singer/songwriter scene"
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1. Along The Bayou Teche
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2. Migrant Moon
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3. Cajun Bal
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4. Riverwheel
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5. Desert Highway Blues
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6. Fidel's Jig
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7. One Who Understands
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8. Blood Stained Letter
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9. Party Shoes
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10. Joshua's Blues
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11. Return Of Gypsy Jack
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Austin, Texas guitarist and songwriter Mark Viator antes up with his first solo CD, Bayou Teche, a collection of songs that covers the territory from his ancestral roots in southern Louisiana to his home in Austin. Co-produced by Jane Gillman (Gillman Deaville, Rue La-La, Eaglebone Whistle) and recorded by Eric Blakely, Bayou Teche is a dose of swampy soul, folk, and acoustic blues
featuring Viator's masterful acoustic and electric slide guitar work, a piece of Americana, with story telling rich in evocative southern moods.

Bayou Teche features ten original songs and one co-write with Slaid Cleaves. From the Levon Helm-like opening track laced with electric slide guitar, to the full-on fiddle and accordion two-step of Cajun Bal, through the bottleneck delta blues of Blood Stained Letter, the National steel echoes of The Return of Gypsy Jack, Viator takes us on a journey through his Louisiana and Texas homelands.

Joining him is a collection of great Austin players, including Charlie Larkey and John Main (bass), Eric Hokkanen and Peter Schwarz (fiddles), Ron Erwin and Paul Pearcy (drums), Jane Gillman (harmonica, mandolin and vocals), Susan Maxey (vocals), Rich Brotherton (guitar), Lisa Mednick (organ) and Serge Laine (accordion).

Slaid Cleaves and Marcia Ball make guest appearances.

Mark Viator's work as a sideman in Austin reaches back to 1991 when he played with Slaid Cleaves and held down guitar duties on his first two Austin releases. He also was bandleader and guitarist in all three of Bobby Bridger's Ballad of the West epics and has worked as a sideman with such folks as Jim Stringer and Steven Fromholz.

Viator's most recent project was the Cajun folk band Rue La-La, with Jane Gillman and Marce Lacouture. They played throughout the Austin area, as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival and tours of south Louisiana (where they shared the stage with Sonny Landreth) and Quebec. Their Sky on Blue CD was released in 2000.

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"Absolutely great album ... wonderful acoustic journey from the roots of Louisiana to the best of Austin's singer/songwriter scene ... and it's still growing on me!"
Gerd Stassen
"Hillbilly Rockhouse"
Germany

"You'll understand that we were pretty excited when we first played this new CD in our car. Result: the CD case went around for 45 minutes from front seat to back seat and back to the front seat. Everyone was sold, starting with the 1st song, the quiet title song, also because of Marcia Ball's accordeon. And it didn't stop; starting with Cajun Bal, an acoustic two-step, that honors its title and that works very well because of the lovely way that Peter Schwarz's fiddle, Serge Lainé's accordeon and Mark Viator's slide guitar play together, on top of Slaid Cleaves' vocals. We call this 'irresistable'. Viator's guitar playing is impressive, both on the slide guitar (sounds like the early Sonny Landreth) or when he is just plucking away. This becomes very clear on the 2 instrumental songs, but also on the other songs, where the guitar is doing wonders. "Bayou Teche" is ... something I recommend to you, I mean NO, something that I absolutely HAVE TO recommend to you."
CD Review
Rootstown Music Review
The Netherlands

"The songwriting and guitar playing on this CD capture that 'bayou' feeling. The musical imagery is perfect."
Teresa Sansone Ferguson
KUT Radio, Austin

"Stunning guitar playing, especially in the slide department!"
Massimo Ferro
Highway 61, Italy

"It's a gorgeous record with some folk, some pop, some cajun, some blues and a lot of fine slide guitar playing."
Theo Oldenburg
Alt.Country Cooking, the Netherlands

Four & 1/2 Stars ... "Mark Viator's solo debut is a jewel."
Ctrl. Alt. Country
Belgium

Top Twenty ... Roots Music Report, US Folk Chart, April and May 2003

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Ctrl. Alt. Country E-zine

Bayou Tche will be around our player for a long time to come, that's for sure!
As a regular record buyer you probably know the phenomenon: lots of albums you're buying only get a couple of spins before ending up on a permanent spot in your cd rack between lots of others, whilst others manage to keep hangin' around the cd player for weeks. Just a detail? Maybe - but a significant one! Mark Viator's "Bayou Tche" will be around our player for a long time to come, that's for sure! On his first ever record this well-respected slide guitarist - songwriter from Austin is offering a delicious eleven course musical meal. An album breathing the same atmosphere that was so characteristic for the early recordings of Viator's fellow slide virtuoso Sonny Landreth. Viator is serving up a melange of swampy soul, folk and acoustic blues, spiced up with elements borrowed from quite a few kindred genres. The album was produced by Jane Gillman (Remember Gillman Deaville anyone?).

You want to know about the stand-out cuts around here? Well, let's give it a shot then... "Along The Bayou Tche", a slice of Louisiana nostalgia featuring Marcia Ball on accordeon, "Migrant Moon" with its lovely gypsy feel, "Cajun Bal", a nice little two-step with a cameo by Slaid Cleaves, and "The One Who Understands", a love song with a big, big heart, are just a tiny bit better than the rest, if you ask us. But don't let that keep you from finding your own favorites around here, because Mark Viator's solo debut really is a highly recommendable offering!"

(Ctrl. Alt. Country e-zine, Belgium,æApril 2003)
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