Just heard Travis Matte & the Kingpins doing "Vibrator" on the radio yesterday. It's about a woman's bottom. The song's actually from 2005 (why I have I never heard this before). I just learned that Matte, who used to please traditionalists with French language Cajun material, now does more zydeco (and in English). His 2006 cd is called "Booty Zydeco"
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 April 2008 16:14 (5 years ago) Permalink
Then there's Horace Trahan & the New Ossun Express's "That Butt Thang"
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 April 2008 16:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is featuring Texas this summer so I was hoping some of those Texas acts that rarely if ever come up North would be playing. But alas, the only Texas zydeco act that appears to be coming is CJ Chenier. Although Step Rideau will be here June 13th at the Kennedy Center for free.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 May 2008 22:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
I missed Step, but I think they videotaped the show and it is archived on the Kennedy Center Milennium stage website. I just bought Roger Wood's "Texas Zydeco" book at the Smithsonian Folklife Fest today. Wood was apparently at the Fest last week as one of the themes as I noted above is Texas. I missed CJ Chenier who was apparently good, but stayed on a stool the whole time because he had a stroke (and he's not that old). I saw a little of Jim Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces (or something like that). They were ok--just standard trad Cajun.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 July 2008 02:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
zydeco for Obama
― curmudgeon, Friday, 24 October 2008 03:07 (4 years ago) Permalink
I heard that on Rachel Maddow's show a couple of nights ago. Curmudgeon, you're doing the work of the Lord, keeping this thread going almost singlehandedly.
― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 24 October 2008 08:32 (4 years ago) Permalink
It's one of my ILX blogs along with the chitlin circuit soul thread!!
― curmudgeon, Friday, 24 October 2008 12:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
Just heard the Zydeco Cowboy, Texas Fred, playing "Zydeco Strokin'" (a version of the Clarence Carter song) on WPFW. I think it was by Jude Taylor. Very nice.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 October 2008 20:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
God, it's that kind of stuff that makes me miss Virginia.
― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Saturday, 25 October 2008 23:38 (4 years ago) Permalink
I know it's not the same but supposedly you can hear wpfw online. Texas Fred, The Zydeco Cowboy, is on Saturday afternoons now from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time (hmmm, that's like 11 a.m. for you). WPFW's chitlin circuit soul and blues show with dj The Gator is on before at noon Eastern time so give it a try some rainy Saturday when you don't mind being near or on the computer.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:41 (4 years ago) Permalink
My apartment's small, so I can just turn the speakers up a little. Will definitely give it a go.
― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:48 (4 years ago) Permalink
I wonder if this scene will end up spreading a little like the Daptone, etc., soul stuff.
― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:52 (4 years ago) Permalink
What are the labels and distribution channels for contemporary cajun music? is any of it being released on LP?my only expose to cajun music has been the series of LPs on the Old-Timey label, mostly of cajun fiddling. That stuff I like very much.
― ian, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:24 (4 years ago) Permalink
Oh you're the vinyl addict. Young Cajun band the Pine Leaf Boys are on Arhoolie (who I think still put out vinyl and have been releasing Cajun and zydeco records for decades), the Lost Bayou Ramblers (wh add some jazzy swing to their sound) are on Swallow (maybe still vinyl not sure), and the Red Stick Ramblers (who I don't much about are on Memphis Int.). Great African-american fiddler Cedric Watson who was in the Pine Leaf Boys (they still include Wilson Savoy, Marc & Ann's son) put out a solo cd with guest musicians on a label called Valcour earlier this year---again I know it's on cd but don't know about vinyl.
Louisiana zydeco groups record for a variety of big and small indie labels, and Texas(Mostly Houston area) ones (some hiphop-influenced) record on very small indies.
The Louisiana Music Factory store (with website) in New Orleans sells lots of the above (I believe including vinyl). Alas, the Nooney & the Floaters hiphop-inflected zydeco cd from a few years back that I wanted is now unavailable.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 October 2008 14:30 (4 years ago) Permalink
― ian, Sunday, 26 October 2008 18:28 (4 years ago) Permalink
No problem. Now I just need a good source on Houston zydeco (and maybe Louisiana too). Maybe if I google Lomax's Texas alt-weekly contributions.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 October 2008 12:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'll save you the trouble 'Mudge. I'm not the music guy down here anymore, but I'll always keep with zydeco...
Here's a mess of Houston and SE Texas zydeco band Myspaces, with a bunch of big names left out, for the simple reason they don't do MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/bigredandthezydecoplaymakershttp://www.myspace.com/curtispoullardczbandhttp://www.myspace.com/AndreThierryZydecoMagichttp://www.myspace.com/brianjackzydecohttp://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=109732605 (Corey Ledet)http://www.myspace.com/jabo832http://www.myspace.com/390816697 (Keyun and the Zydeco Masters)http://www.myspace.com/marcusardoinandthezydecolegendz
This site is always the best way to keep up with H-Town zydeco:
http://zydecoevents.com/events.html. I dig the Zydeco version of "Casanova" that plays in the background.
― novamax, Monday, 27 October 2008 21:01 (4 years ago) Permalink
BTW, that version of "Casanova" has an obvious debt to the Glen David Andrews brass band medley.
― novamax, Monday, 27 October 2008 21:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
I like Keith Frank. Thanks for all the links--Andre Thiery and Brian Jack have come east (Thiery was just in Maryland Sunday) but not most of those Texas acts.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 02:40 (4 years ago) Permalink
god, that casanova cover sounds so wack compared to rebirth
― Jordan, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 02:52 (4 years ago) Permalink
Zydeco can't help but sound kinda wack compared to brass bands. That's part of its charm to me.
― novamax, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 16:43 (4 years ago) Permalink
Now this is ambitious. A world-wide zydeco and Cajun calendar.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 November 2008 15:57 (4 years ago) Permalink
I Like the syncopation on "Bounce Back," the Nooney & the Floaters song streaming here
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 November 2008 16:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
From Ned Sublette's e-mail list:
ben sandmel in new orleans sent this today:
Luderin Darbone, the acclaimed Cajun-swing fiddler who co-founded The Hackberry Ramblers in 1933, passed away on November 21, at Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur, Louisiana.
Born in Evangeline, Louisiana and raised in Orangefield, Texas, Darbone taught himself to play, at age twelve, by taking a correspondence course. With the technique that Darbone acquired he was soon able to play by ear and learn songs heard on radio. As a teenager, Darbone moved to the then-remote salt marsh town of Hackberry, Louisiana. There he met his life-long musical collaborator, Edwin Duhon, a multi-instrumentalist who, at that time, focused on the accordion. The two began playing dances together.They quickly gathered a following, added a third member, and dubbed themselves The Hackberry Ramblers.
Edwin Duhon soon switched to playing guitar, reflecting a prevalent trend in which the accordion faded from Cajun music in the 1920s and ‘30s. This String Band Era, as it came to be known, coincided with the introduction of electricity to rural southwest Louisiana, and The Hackberry Ramblers brought two important innovations to the local scene. They blended the Cajun repertoire with Anglo-American western swing and country songs, which thus far were totally separate traditions, and they introduced electronic amplification to area dance-halls. This allowed acoustic instruments such as the fiddle to be clearly heard over the sound of a crowd, thus encouraging musicians to increase their technique as soloists, raising levels of skill all around. At some far-flung places that did not yet have electricity, Darbone powered the band’s primitive Sears-Roebuck P.A. system with his Model-T Ford, which idled outside the dance-hall all night. .
In 1935 The Hackberry Ramblers signed with RCA Bluebird, a prominent national-level record label. Their hits, released on 78 r.p.m.records, included the first rendition of "Jolie Blonde" under that title, and "Wondering," which later scored a huge hit for country crooner Webb Pierce. Their eclectic repertoire included Cajun music, country and western swing, jazz, low-down blues, and even the occasion Hawaiian novelty number.When singing in English the band adopted the moniker The Riverside Ramblers, thanks to a sponsorship deal from the Montgomery-Ward department store chain, which was then marketing a new line of Riverside Tires. These recordings revealed Luderin Darbone, with his lilting, lyrical fiddle style, as a leading creative figure of his day whose contributions have come to be considered historic.
By the 1940s the Hackberry Ramblers evolved from a hillbilly string-band -- to use the record-business parlance of the day -- into a ten-piece western swing orchestra with horns, piano and electric guitar. In this configuration they recorded for the Deluxe Records, in 1950. At the time the Ramblers were in the midst of a ten-year house-band gig at a local roadhouse known as the Silver Star.
The popularity of Cajun music reached a low ebb during the 1960s, and The Hackberry Ramblers contemplated retirement. But cultural crusader Chris Strachwitz, the guiding force behind Arhoolie Records, encouraged the band to stay active, recording them anew in 1963 andreissuing some of their Bluebird classics. The pace eventuallyre-accelerated with the advent of the Cajun music and zydeco renaissance in the late ‘70s. Heritage-conscious young fiddlers such as Michael Doucet sought out Darbone and other old masters, and brought their songs to new audiences. In 1988 The Hackberry Ramblers began a series of annual performances at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival which lasted through 2005. They also started touring nationally, appearing over the years at diverse events including Superbowl '96, The Grand Ole Opry, The Newport Folk Festival, and dozens of festivals and nightclubs. By this point the group’s sound had evolved once again, as electric guitarist Glen Croker added a swaggering honky-tonk tinge that included R & B, rockabilly, and country a la Ray Price and Merle Haggard.
By the early 1990s The Hackberry Ramblers' rich history andundiminished vitality began to pique media interest. This groundswellinspired the Ramblers to record their first album in thirty years. Cajun Boogie (released in 1993 by Flying Fish Records, and reissued in 2003 by HotBiscuits.) The album was well received by national publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone and USA Today, leading to TV/radio appearances on Entertainment Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, CNN Showbiz Today,MTV Live and NPR's Weekend Edition, Fresh Air, and World Café. TheRamblers follow-up album, Deep Water (Hot Biscuits), featured guest appearances by Marcia Ball, Rodney Crowell, Michael Doucet, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Deep Water was nominated for a Grammy award as the best traditional folk album of 1997. Continual touring followed and, in 2002, The Hackberry Ramblers debuted in Europe with festival performances in France and Holland. That same year, Luderin Darbone and Edwin Duhon received a prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
In January, 2004 Darbone was featured, along with the rest of the band, in the documentary Make ‘Em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers’Story. Directed by film-maker John Whitehead, Make ‘Em Dance was nationally broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. The Hackberry Ramblers’ final tour included a performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004, where one of Luderin Darbone’s fiddles is on permanent display, following a donation ceremony in 1999. The Ramblers’ final performance took place at the Shaw Center’s Manship Theater, in Baton Rouge, in 2005. But Luderin Darbone, who loved his music, continued to play every day, at home, and he rallied for two performances in 2008, performing in public for the last time at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Luderin Darbone was a kind, gentle, conscientious man. He was a deeply talented musician, a loving parent and grandfather, and a wise bandleader. Although he will be sorely missed, he leaves a rich and beautiful legacy from a long, happy life. May he rest in peace.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Annette Darbone; his grand-daughter Paige Neal, her husband Bob, their daughter, Julia, and son, Taylor; his grandsons Heath, and Dustin; and band-members Glen Croker and Ben Sandmel. Luderin Darbone was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lue, who steadfastly encouraged his musical career and travels until her passing in 1999. A devout Catholic who attended mass every day, Darbone was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Visitation will be held on Monday evening, November 24, from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, at Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home, 2051 E. Napoleon, in Sulphur, 337 – 625-9171. On Tuesday morning November 25, at 10:00 A.M., the funeral will be held at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 1109 Cypress St, in Sulphur, 337 – 527-5261.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 November 2008 03:48 (4 years ago) Permalink
RIP. I had no idea the Hackberry Ramblers were even recording as late as 1993 much less performing in 2003! God, the man must have lived a good life.
I got a cajun record today. The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music.I like it.
― ian, Sunday, 23 November 2008 03:53 (4 years ago) Permalink
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― gabbneb, Sunday, 23 November 2008 04:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
A group known as the "Cajun Grateful Dead' does not interest me even if Michael Doucet from Beausoleil was once a member. But hey that's just me, maybe you like the Dead.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 November 2008 06:30 (4 years ago) Permalink
No shit! Really??! on "Wondering." I can totally hear that.
― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 23 November 2008 08:43 (4 years ago) Permalink
And obviously the man lived a long, full life, but enough of the death stuff already.
― If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 23 November 2008 08:45 (4 years ago) Permalink
Cajun and country music are obsessed with death! Plus the young Cajun players are always talking about the old cajun players they learned from. Weirdly I don't read the young Creole zydeco players talking as much the same way (although they often learn from the old guys too).
I need to find the time to learn about the younger Houston zydeco outfits Novamax posted the myspace sites of on his October 27t posting above.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 November 2008 16:56 (4 years ago) Permalink
A note from Washington, D.C.'s Zydeco DJ Texas Fred.......Tomorrow, while you're preparing your turkey dinner.......turn your TV on and watch him ride and play Zydeco with the Zydeco Cowboyz & Cowgirlz in the McDonald's 75th Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago!This is really going to be something for us all to see! Fred and his horse Maggie, and some 14 other Zydeco horseback riders, will be followed by a truck blasting Zydeco music from it. Alongside will be 6 lucky Zydeco dancers, dancing to the music all the way down the parade route! Look out Chi-town, here they come! Yeah, you right! Be sure to watch for it! The parade will be broadcast live on the WGN network nationally on cable, from 8-11am CST: WGN-TV9, WGN-HD, and WGN America. Or, watch it live on-line by clicking here: Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade. Texas Fred and his posse will be on camera at approximately 10-10:30am CST. Spread the word! And to Everyone ~ Have a Happy Zydeco Thanksgiving, y'all!
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 November 2008 00:26 (4 years ago) Permalink
You can see an hour long Red Stick Ramblers Cajun and swing show on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage archives here-http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/search_results.cfm?RequestTimeout=500#
I hear Brad Randell and the Zydeco Ballers from Louisiana were awesome last night at Remington's in Laurel, Maryland, in between DC and Baltimore. They will be at Glen Echo Park in Maryland this afternoon at around 4 (and maybe helping zydeco dance lessons at 3). On Jan 14 2009 they'll be at the Mermaid Inn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and on Jan 17 2009 they'll be at the Eagle Club Ossining, New York
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 January 2009 18:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
You can hear them here:
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 January 2009 18:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
I wonder who won the Cajun and Zydeco grammy. It was controversial because they nominated only Cajun folks basically, including someone from Los Angeles who was tryig hard to get folks to vote for him.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 12:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
Rosie Ledet was not nominated (no new album) but she's great. Here's a recent live gig of hers with Lil' Malcolm's band backing her.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 13:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
Curmudgeon, Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album: "Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival," BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet
― Dan Peterson, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:46 (4 years ago) Permalink
Thanks, Doucet & Beausoleil were competing against themselves as they had a studio album also nominated. Wilson Savoy of the Pine aleaf Boys noted that Cajun band Feofollet were not nominated, and of course no zydeco. It's a shame but to be expected.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:59 (4 years ago) Permalink
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys with a modern dance company in NYC. I hear they were great on their recent East Coast tour (without the NY dance co.)
― curmudgeon, Monday, 23 February 2009 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
Some year I have to make it to this fest that includes just performers singing in French--Cajun, zydeco, African, and more. Below are the Louisiana locals-
April 22-26 Wednesday-Sunday Festival InternationalJefferson St & W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501 Info: (337) 232-8086 Ann Savoy and Her Sleepless Knights (LA Cajun,Swing) Chris Ardoin & NuStep (LA Zydeco) Feufollet (LA Cajun) Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie (LA Zydeco,Creole) Pine Leaf Boys (LA Cajun,Creole) The Red Stick Ramblers (LA Cajun,Swing) Lost Bayou Ramblers (LA Cajun) Racines (LA Cajun,Creole) Bluerunners (LA Cajun,Zydeco,Roots,Rock) Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys (LA Zydeco) Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (LA Cajun) T-Sale (LA Cajun) Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (LA Zydeco,Other) Many other Non-Cajun/Zydeco Performers Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars (LA Cajun,Zydeco,R&B) (Sun)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 March 2009 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
"Kemosabe, big ballin' is my hobby," I wonder who sings this? Texas Fred the Zydeco Cowboy is playing it right now on his wpfw radio show that's also streamed live online on Saturdays from 2 to 4 US east coast time.
I think it might be Brad Randell & the Zydeco Ballers
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 April 2009 19:21 (4 years ago) Permalink
Zydeco Legend Roy Carrier is home now but has been hospitalized twice in the past few weeks with a serious blood clot in his leg (which he still has). He is on medication to dissolve the clot but as many of you know thrombosis is no walk in the park.Needless to say he has not been able to work and has medical bill piling up. If you are able to contribute anything towards these bills please send a check to:Roy CarrierPO Box 322Lawtell LA 70550 Please pass this message on to any people/lists involved with or fans of Louisiana music - and especially friends/fans of Roy
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 August 2009 01:34 (3 years ago) Permalink
The DC zydeco scene shaking and spinning to Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-chas at Glen Echo
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 02:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
From Wayne Kahn's Right on Rhythm Roots & Bluesletter
Zydeco Legend Roy Carrier had surgury Tuesday morning to insert a filter in his leg to prevent any clots from migrating towards critical areas. He is at home resting and will not be working during this recuperation period. His son Chubby is working with a few of the arts/musician help orgs that are in Louisiana as well as the Musicares Foundation to secure assistance for Roy in covering his medical needs and bills. We have begun some preliminary discusions about pulling together a benefit show to help with that as well. Roy still needs our help in this interem period with medical bills piling up. If you are able to contribute anything towards these bills please send a check to:Roy CarrierPO Box 322Lawtell LA 70550
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 03:08 (3 years ago) Permalink
Zydeco fest in dc post-event analysis
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 16:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
ROR CARRIER HOLIDAY ZYDECO FESTIVAL IS ON!!!Wednesday December 30 thru Sunday January 3Offshore Lounge Schedule
SETBACK FOR ROY
Roy went back into Lafayette Hospital on Christmas Eve and initially into the ICU. Multiple problems but primarily one with his kidneys sent him there. He is out of the ICU and into a regular room but there are a host of serious issues working on him. He is awaiting surgery set for Tuesday 12/29 to gather biopsy material from his lungs and that now is the most worrisome issue of all.
Roy says MY FESTIVAL IS STILL ON!!!
Dikki Du, Chubby, Louise and Roy’s sisters and brother will be running the show if Roy cannot attend. If you are in SW Louisiana over the New Years Holiday please make it a point to stop by the Offshore Lounge for some great dancing and show your support and love for Roy.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 December 2009 17:04 (3 years ago) Permalink
The great Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole are playing for free (and webcast) from 6 to 7 pm Estern time Friday at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and then they're heading up to NYC where they'll be part of that big "world music" event. I like their recent late 2009 album.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 8 January 2010 06:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
Surprise, surprise I say sarcatically, the Grammy folks chose Buckwheat Zydeco for the Grammy. He's not bad (he's actually quite good) but I would have gone with one of the others.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 February 2010 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink
I forgot to post some of my research on hiphop and autotune r'n'b-influenced zydeco--state of the art stuff from Houston and Louisiana. Tonight I will get back to this
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 February 2010 14:19 (3 years ago) Permalink
Nice thread, some good music here that isn't really available in the UK.
― Cream Of Some Young Guy, Monday, 1 February 2010 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink