Here To Stay (Intersound Country)
Jo-El Sonnier

By Michael W. Stout

Cajun king and accordionist extraordinaire Jo-El Sonnier is back, stronger than ever with his brand-new Here To Stay disc, the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated album, Cajun Pride. Jo-El took the liberty of branching out more than he is normally accustomed to on this album, which he co-produced along with Tony Migliore. If you like your Cajun music like you like your New Orleans cuisine — hot and spicy — then this record is just what you ordered.

Fans will not be disappointed with the classic Cajun dishes on the menu like "Diggy Diggy Lo," "La Jolie Blonde," "The Big Mamou," and Hank Williams, Sr.'s "Jambalaya."

Amongst the cayenne peppers in this musical melting pot are equally spicy rockers such as "Polk Salad Annie," Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and "C'est La Vie," as well as a few new tunes, including Jo-El's new release, titled "Broken Hearted Side Of New Orleans." And for you dedicated fans who have followed Jo-El's career since the beginning, this 13-track disc closes with a medley including some of this Cajun legend's biggest hits, like "Tear Stained Letter" and "No More One More Time."

Regardless of which side of the bayou you spend your time, Jo-El has a music number flavored to your taste-buds on this one and he is Here To Stay!