Leonard Joseph August

b. August 7th, 1948 in Lafayette (Louisiana)

LAFAYETTE SOUL SHOW

Kent

prob. 1965

IT'S PARTY TIME

Maison de Soul

September 1988

Après quelques rares simples dans les années 60 et 70, cet album représente les vrais débuts discographiques de Lynn August. Il a été enregistré dans sa ville de Lafayette avec d'excellents musiciens : Lynn au chant et aux claviers, Dalton Francis (guitare), Morris Francis (basse), Leroy Etienne (batterie), Willie Tee (saxophone) et Rodney Bernard (frottoir). Entre Rhythm & Blues louisianais, Blues, Zydeco, Swamp-Pop, Lynn - qui est son propre producteur - montre ici qu'il est un superbe chanteur à l'aise dans plusieurs styles : "Kansas City", "I'd rather go blind", "Five long years", "Whole lotta woman", "Zydeco limbo".

After a few rare singles in the 60's and 70's, this album represents Lynn August's true record debut. He was recorded in his home town of Lafayette with excellent musicians : Lynn on vocals and keyboards, Dalton Francis (guitar), Morris Francis (bass), Leroy Etienne (drums), Willie Tee (saxophone) and Rodney Bernard (washboard). Between Louisiana Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Zydeco, Swamp-Pop, Lynn - who is his own producer - shows here that he is a superb singer at ease in several styles : "Kansas City", "I'd rather go blind", "Five long years", "Whole lotta woman", "Zydeco limbo".

ZYDECO GROOVE

Maison de Soul

1989

En plus du chant et des claviers, Lynn joue aussi ici de l'accordéon. Dans la lignée de son premier LP chez Maison de Soul, on retrouve aussi cet excellent cocktail louisianais plus abouti et homogène que sur "It's party time" (les musiciens sont quasiment les mêmes). Quelques titres remarquables à écouter en priorité : "Zydeco groove", "Amazon Annie", "Whatever boils your crawfish", "Railroad blues", "Every now and then", "Zydeco sont pas salés".

In addition to singing and keyboards, Lynn also plays accordion. In line with his first LP for Maison de Soul, we also find this excellent Louisiana cocktail more complete and consistent than on "It's party time" (the musicians are almost the same). Some remarkable titles to listen in priority : "Zydeco groove", "Amazon Annie", "Whatever boils your crawfish", "Railroad blues", "Every now and then", "Zydeco sont pas salés".

ZYDECO SHOOTOUT AT EL SID O'S

Rounder

October 1990

Lors de ce concert au El Sid O's (un club de Lafayette), Lynn interprète les remarquables "Railroad blues", "Miquen" et "I'm a hog for you".

During this concert at El Sid O's (a Lafayette club), Lynn performs the remarkable "Railroad blues", "Miquen" and "I'm a hog for you".

STOMP DOWN ZYDECO

Rounder

October 1990

THE DEEP SOUTH MUSICAL ROOTS TOUR

Global Village

1991

CREOLE CRUISER

Black Top

January 1992

Premier disque pour Black Top parfaitement produit par Lynn lui-même et Hammond Scott. Il est, d'ailleurs, entouré par de remarquables sidemen comme Selwyn Cooper, George Porter Jr (ancien bassiste des Meters), Sammy Berfect. Beaucoup de pistes remarquables (reprises et compositions originales) comme "Why you want to hurt a man like me", "'58 Cadillac", "Blind man", "Bernadette", "Undivided love", "When I woke up this morning" et deux jurés louisianais (chants traditionnels a capella). Chanteur expressif, il se montre également parfaitement à l'aise aux claviers et à l'accordéon.

First record for Black Top perfectly produced by Lynn himself and Hammond Scott. He is, moreover, surrounded by remarkable sidemen like Selwyn Cooper, George Porter Jr (The Meters' former bassist), Sammy Berfect. Many great tracks (covers and original compositions) like "Why you want to hurt a man like me", "'58 Cadillac", "Blind man", "Bernadette", "Undivided love", "When I woke up this morning" and two Louisiana jurés (traditional a capella songs). An expressive singer, he is also perfectly competent with keyboards and accordion.

BLUES PAJAMA PARTY

Black Top

January 1992

BLUES MISTLETOE & SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER

Black Top

January 1992

SAUCE PIQUANTE

Black Top

January 1992 / March 1993

Ce CD est constitué de deux séances distinctes captées à La Nouvelle Orléans. Comme sur "Creole cruiser", le programme - entre Blues, Zydeco et Rhythm & Blues - s'avère varié, inspiré, remarquablement rendu. Il faut écouter les excellents "Bruler le chemin de fer à soir", "Slippin' and slidin'", "Love at first sight", "Rockin' accordion", "La chanson du pain perdu", "Marked deck" (et le superbe solo de guitare de Snooks Eaglin) et deux jurés traditionnels.

This CD consists of two separate sessions recorded in New Orleans. Like on "Creole cruiser", the program - between Blues, Zydeco and Rhythm & Blues - is varied, inspired, remarkably rendered. You have to listen to the excellent "Bruler le chemin de fer à soir", "Slippin' and slidin'", "Love at first sight", "Rockin' accordion", "La chanson du pain perdu", "Marked deck" (and the superb guitar solo of Snooks Eaglin) and two traditional jurés.

BLACK TOP BLUES A RAMA vol.7

Black Top

April 1992

Une soirée au Tipitina's de La Nouvelle Orléans avec Lynn August parmi les invités. Quatre de ses morceaux sont repris dans cet excellent recueil dont le très beau "Blind man" et le blues "Tous les jours ce n'est pas la même chose".

An evening at Tipitina's in New Orleans with Lynn August among the guests. Four of his songs are compiled in this excellent collection including the beautiful "Blind man" and the blues "Tous les jours ce n'est pas la même chose".

BLUES COSTUME PARTY

Black Top

March 1993

CREOLE PEOPLE

Aim

LYNN AUGUST

Blues House

March 1995

Ce disque privilégie les tempos rapides et dansants comme le trépidant "Miguen" mais aussi "Matlin", "Creole people", "Hey mama", "Woke up this morning", "Amazon Annie" et le célèbre "Zydeco boogaloo". Lynn August est ici supporté par son groupe régulier, Tommy Joe Richard (guitare), William Breaux (basse), Carmen Jacob (batterie) et son fils Lynn August Jr (frottoir). Ce CD a été réédité par le label suisse Blues House.

This disc favors fast and dancing tempos like the fast-paced "Miguen" but also "Matlin", "Creole people", "Hey mama", "Woke up this morning", "Amazon Annie" and the famous "Zydeco boogaloo". Lynn August is supported here by his regular band, Tommy Joe Richard (guitar), William Breaux (bass), Carmen Jacob (drums) and his son Lynn August Jr (rubboard). This CD has been reissued by the swiss label Blues House.

LEGENDS MAKING MEMORIES

Jin

2012

Dans cet album du saxophoniste Willie Tee (un de ses anciens musiciens), Lynn prend trois titres réellement convaincants en leader : "What am I living for", "It's my soul", "Railroad blues".

In this album of saxophonist Willie Tee (one of his former musicians), Lynn takes three really convincing titles as a leader : "What am I living for", "It's my soul", "Railroad blues".

THEN AND NOW

Blyco

2013

Cet album ne contient pas que du matériel original. Certaines pistes proviennent des années Black Top (les deux jurés traditionnels et les deux titres live) mais le reste du programme est nouveau. Après une longue absence, Lynn August revient vraiment aux affaires, toujours excellent chanteur et accordéoniste. Même si la musique semble moins percutante qu'auparavant, on peut retenir notamment une remarquable lecture du blues "Five long years".

This album does not only contain original material. Some tracks come from the Black Top years (two traditional jurés and two live titles) but the rest of the program is new. After a long absence, Lynn August really returns to business, always excellent singer and accordionist. Even if the music seems less striking than before, we can notably remember a remarkable reading of the blues "Five long years".

DOWNHILL SESSIONS vol.2

Downhill

2014

Participation de Lynn August sur deux morceaux de ce disque de Ludwig Seuss. Il chante et joue de l'orgue sur "Chicken shack boogie" et "The Lords gonna fix it".

Participation of Lynn August on two tracks of this album by Ludwig Seuss. He sings and plays organ on "Chicken shack boogie" and "The Lords gonna fix it".

FROM BACK IN THE DAY

Lynn August

2015

Lynn délivre son nouvel album mélangeant Rhythm & Blues néo-orléanais, Soul et Zydeco. Mais, on trouve trop de reprises traitées dans un style froid et impersonnel. Le son est souvent synthétique et monotone. On peut retenir néanmoins "Part time love" le meilleur morceau de ce triste programme.

Lynn delivers his new album mixing New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Zydeco. But there are too many covers rendered in a cold and impersonal style. The sound is often synthetic and monotonous. We can nevertheless point out "Part time love" the best title of this sad program.