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Link Davis may not have been born a Cajun, but no one presented as romantic a snapshot of dyed-in-the-wool South
Louisiana life as this blues shouting rocker from Northeast Texas. In fact, he so embraced the culture in lifestyle and
song that in the final analysis, Davis is considered as much a card-carrying Acadian as those whose ancestors made the
exiled journey from Nova Scotia in the eighteenth century. But while his popular 1953 rendition of the Cajun anthem Big
Mamou on OKeh Records helped open the door to this often-closed and clannish culture, his 1949 take on Roy Brown’s
Good Rockin’ Tonight (retitled Have You Heard The News), issued on the tiny Gold Star imprint, painted a far more
accurate portrait of his musical personality, which began brewing on shellac in the late thirties.
Link’s chosen instruments, fiddle and tenor sax, perfectly embodied his multi-faceted musical vision. They might have
seemed completely at odds with one another anywhere else in the United States, but in the Golden Triangle of South
Louisiana and East Texas they dovetailed like shrimp and okra, saluting the entire genre-melding arc of Gulf Coast
music. And while most musicians would have been satisfied to stand on the circumstance of their one hit, the everrestless, always-creative Davis gravitated straight to rock ’n’ roll once his major label contract expired. Label-hopping
from Nucraft to Sarg to Starday, Link laid down the unique sound he’d been developing for well over a decade in the
clubs of the Golden Triangle – an amalgamation of Cajun, blues and rockabilly that culminated in 1958 with the driving,
jiving rocker Bon-Ta-Ru La (Let The Good Times Roll), recorded for Houston’s Allstar Records.
A noted session man, his honking sax buzzed to the top of the charts on both the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and
Johnny Preston’s Running Bear, while his newly-formed four-piece band the Cajuns continued to record for Allstar, as
well as other local labels such as Al’s, D, Kool and Link’s own Tanker and Western concerns. It was on these postStarday sides that Davis found the freedom to pursue the freewheeling approach that he employed in the nightclubs,
and the lean, mean sound of the Cajuns was buoyed by brilliant guitarists Junior Beck and Joey Long, as well as San
Antonio Fender bassist Little Sammy Jay and even Link’s teenage son, Link Davis Jr. The result was a Gulf Coast
musical gumbo of the highest order, featuring first class rockers (Permit Blues, Airliner, Come Dance With Me), bayou
blues (Rice & Gravy), swamp ballads (Visions, Memories Of You) and storming sax instrumentals (Beatle Bug), all
delivered in the distinctly larger-than-life Davis style

Davis Link - Laissez Les Bon-Ta-Ru-La (Let The Good Times Roll) (10″LP + CD) (10``LP)

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• Bear Family Records® presents the first high-quality vinyl LP (25 cm) with recordings of the blues
shouting rocker, fiddle and sax player Link Davis from Northeast Texas.
• His 1953 rendition of the Cajun anthem Big Mamou helped open the door to this often-closed and
clannish culture.
• Davis is considered as much a Acadian as those whose ancestors made the exiled journey from Nova
Scotia in the eighteenth century.
• Link laid down his unique sound – an amalgamation of Cajun, blues and rockabilly that culminated in
1958 with the rocker Bon-Ta-Ru La (Let The Good Times Roll).
• A Gulf Coast musical gumbo featuring rockers (Permit Blues, Airliner, Come Dance With Me), bayou
blues (Rice & Gravy), swamp ballads (Visions, Memories Of You) and sax instrumentals (Beatle Bug).
• The sound of the Cajuns was buoyed by brilliant guitarists Junior Beck and Joey Long.
• This collection features liner notes penned by music historian Michael Hurtt in the accompanying
illustrated booklet.

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10″LP
01 Come Dance With Me Link Davis
02 Permit Blues Link Davis
03 Grasshopper Rock Link Davis
04 Johnny Be Good Link Davis
05 Don’t Big Shot Me Link Davis
06 Bon-Ta-Ru-La (Let The Good Times Roll) Link Davis
07 Sixteen Chicks Link Davis
08 Airliner Link Davis
09 Rice And Gravy Link Davis
10 Trucker From Tennessee Link Davis
11 You Show Up Missing Link Davis
12 Grasshopper Link Davis

CD

01 Come Dance With Me Link Davis
02 Permit Blues Link Davis
03 Grasshopper Rock Link Davis
04 Johnny Be Good Link Davis
05 Don’t Big Shot Me Link Davis
06 Bon-Ta-Ru-La (Let The Good Times Roll) Link Davis
07 Sixteen Chicks Link Davis
08 Airliner Link Davis
09 Rice And Gravy Link Davis
10 Trucker From Tennessee Link Davis
11 You Show Up Missing Link Davis
12 Grasshopper Link Davis
13 Have You Heard The News (Good Rockin’ Tonight) Link Davis
14 Allons A Lafayette Link Davis
15 Rice And Gravy Blues Link Davis
16 Beatle Bug Link Davis
17 Visions Link Davis
18 Joe Turner Link Davis
19 Ballad Of Jole Blon Link Davis
20 Rice And Gravy Boogie Link Davis
21 Memories With You Link Davis
22 Jogging Link Davis
23 San Antonio Blues (vocals: Link Davis) Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers
24 Texas Swing Link Davis
25 Slippin’ And Slidin’ Sometimes Link Davis
26 Big Mamou Link Davis

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