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Bois Sec Ardoin died. Story in the Louisiana Advertiser: http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/NEWS01/705180302/1002
This Creole accordionist was something special.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2007 04:07 (sixteen years ago) link
Bois Sec with Canray on Youtube.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2007 04:09 (sixteen years ago) link
Not punk, but plenty of soul, was Balfa Toujours, at least live; I haven't heard their albums. Started by the daughter of Dewey Balfa, I think, and some other offspring of the Balfa Brothers involved at some points. Wanna say they're broken up, though hope not. There's also some excellent cajun and zydeco on the soundtrack to a German movie, Shultze Gets The Blues. It's about a German folk fan who gets totally bored with middle age, and comes to the American South, and it's got German-American bands, and the Bobby Jones Czech Band, and Kerry Cristensen, who combines Swiss- and Jimmie Rodgers-associated yodelling (the combination, or unbroken connection, seems to have its own party tradition in the Southeast-Southwest cusp that Schultze is travelling) Cajun and zydeco incl. Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, The Creole Connection, Carriere Brothers,Zydeco Force, Cleoma B. Falcon (some of these are from Shultze's collection, apparently, like 78s)Forced Exposure's where I got mine.
― dow, Sunday, 20 May 2007 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link
Kerry "Christensen," that is.
― dow, Sunday, 20 May 2007 19:52 (sixteen years ago) link
Yea, Balfa Tujours are nice Cajun. I also have fond memories of the late Dewey Balfa. I found the below at a website:
With the birth of their second child, Sophie Jo Powell, born February 12, 2004, Christine Balfa and Dirk Powell and Balfa Toujours have not been touring as much lately, but the group is still making appearances at select venues around the country, including a performance before a crowd of some 5,000 in El Paso, Texas, in June 2005. Meanwhile Dirk Powell has been busy with a variety of projects, including performing on Loretta Lynn's Grammy-winning album.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2007 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link
Forgot she'd married Dirk Powell! Good to know they'll be back, apparently/hopefully.
― dow, Sunday, 20 May 2007 21:27 (sixteen years ago) link
Not all zydeco or Cajun, it's Texas accordion music in Houston courtesy of Ramiro Burr's San Antonio blog:
It's down to the final seven contestants in the Texas Folklife's 18th annual Accordion Kings & Queens show and The Big Squeeze. Film producer Hector Galan will be in Houston Friday, June 1 to work on his latest project, 'The Big Squeeze,' a film about Texas Folklife's first accordion contest, including the June 2 Accordion Kings & Queens concert at which the winner will be chosen.
Performing at the 2007 Accordion Kings & Queens concert will be Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Mingo SaldÃvar y Sus Tremendos Cuatro Espadas, Ginny Mac & the Road to Texas Band Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park.
And, the seven contestants in the big squeeze are: George Arechiga, Mission; Jose Ricardo Calleros, Mission; A.J. Castillo, Austin; Juan Longoria Jr., Brownsville; Matt Tolentino, Dallas; Robert Vega
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 June 2007 20:33 (fifteen years ago) link
I wonder who won
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 04:21 (fifteen years ago) link
Still wondering. Maybe google will eventually help me find out.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 14:20 (fifteen years ago) link
LSU website that lists lots and lots of zydeco and Cajun bands, offers bios, and links
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 September 2007 20:14 (fifteen years ago) link
Maybe that music critic guy from Baton Rouge Advocate who shows up here every once in a while to do ask some research questions will have something to add.
― James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 16 September 2007 01:27 (fifteen years ago) link
I just went to a zydeco dance with Rosie Ledet and her band band tonight. I hadn't seen her in years but have always loved her sultry soulful voice. They are still worth seeing even if you don't have the proper zydeco dancing footwork down. They're gonna be in NYC at Connolly's in midtown Sunday night.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 September 2007 05:04 (fifteen years ago) link
I do not think she did my fave cut though, "I'm Gonna Take Care of Your Dog (Show him where he can bury his bone)."
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 September 2007 12:29 (fifteen years ago) link
My two sons were on stage with Buckwheat Zydeco last week.
Sorry, had to tell someone.
― Jazzbo, Sunday, 16 September 2007 12:49 (fifteen years ago) link
That's cool (I once sneared at Buckwheat and Dimension 5 (Haikunym Cibula) rightly took me to task for my snobbery. Buckwheat has a zydeco kids cd, right. Plus I think he used to play in funk and soul bands in the 70s.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 September 2007 23:20 (fifteen years ago) link
I was a Zydeco skeptic until I saw Beau Jocque perform at the Mid City Lanes Rock 'n Bowl back in the early '90s. He was a pretty intense performer, which I guess you have to be if you want to be heard above the sound of balls smashing into bowling pins.
― James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 17 September 2007 01:37 (fifteen years ago) link
Beau's bass player, Chuck Bush, was on guitar with Rosie Ledet at the zydeco dance the other night. He added more fuzztone than you usually hear from a zydeco axe-slinger.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 17 September 2007 04:48 (fifteen years ago) link
Saw Rosie Ledet last month, and Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners last night (I think they're playing in Providence tonight and New York City Sunday night). Need to blurb more about this. Plus I've been reading about various festivals and stuff.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 October 2007 17:02 (fifteen years ago) link
Nice funky bottom from Leroy Thomas' rhythm section. Plus covers of Ray Charles, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers. He does some of the same songs that Geno Delafose does. Like Geno he takes a traditional approach--that means he can get '70s style funky but no hiphop influence like some of the younger guys. Zydeco couples dancing when done right is so cool. But I don't have the time to practice.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 October 2007 14:33 (fifteen years ago) link
Article published Nov 19, 2007
Popular accordion player Zydeco Joe dies at age 64
Funeral services are pending for musician Zydeco Joe, aka Joseph Adam Mouton of Lafayette, who died Saturday at Lafayette General Hospital. Mouton was a popular accordion player, known for hits such as "You Can't Rooster Like You Used To," "Poppa Jack" and "Jack Rabbit."
Mouton was 64. Syrie Funeral Home in Lafayette is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Mouton, Mouton's son, confirmed Sunday that his father died from complications related to strep pneumonia. After several attempts to revive Mouton from cardiac arrest, he was declared brain dead Saturday afternoon. Mouton was kept on life support for 24 hours so his organs could be harvested for donation.
Mouton's death came as a shock to many in the zydeco music community. He had performed Nov. 10 at Rock the Moon, a KRVS listener appreciation party, held Nov. 10 at the Blue Moon Saloon. He also played Wednesday during the 21st Annual Thanksgiving Zydeco Food Drive at El Sido's Zydeco and Blues Club.
Cullen Washington of Lake Charles, his longtime producer, said Mouton was preparing to go back into the studio. His recent CD, "Black Cat" on Zydeco Gumbo Records, had become a best seller. Washington was ordering more copies for distribution.
Washington remembers Mouton as "a giving person" who often played for elderly residents nursing homes. Mouton was also proud of his Creole roots and the French language used in his music.
"What you see with Zydeco Joe was what he was," said Washington. "He used to tell me he might not be the best accordion player.
"But I used to tell him he might not be Keith Frank or J. Paul, but nobody could beat him at what he did. Not many could do the old school zydeco and the Creole French like he did. He was a natural guy."
Mouton was born Oct. 25, 1943, in rural Lafayette Parish. Although he played guitar as a teen, Mouton did not learn accordion until he was 45. A close friend, Robley Hebert, died in an auto accident and his mother gave the accordion to Mouton.
Dudley Broussard, a nursing home resident, showed Mouton how to play blues and old-style, zydeco tunes.
After mastering the instrument, Mouton formed his Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler Band in 1988. The group played clubs and festivals from Lafayette to New Orleans, along with some out-of-state appearance.
Mouton recorded two CDs, "Jack Rabbit" in 2001 on Maison de Soul Records of Ville Platte, and "Black Cat" in 2006.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 19 November 2007 20:22 (fifteen years ago) link
Man, that's terrible. Me and a friend of mine here in Houston have a two-man Zydeco Joe cult. "Can't Rooster Like You Useta" is a classic.
― novamax, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 12:15 (fifteen years ago) link
Awesome song title
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 19:26 (fifteen years ago) link
croc style - boom like that
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Terrence Simien used to put on some great zydeco shows back in the 80s and he would occasionally add some blues and reggae and roots rock into the mix. By the '90s he increased the amount of non-zydeco and began to attract a jam band following. I lost interest in him. Recently I read that he and his wife's multi-year effort to get a Cajun and Zydeco category added to the Grammies paid off. And sure enough, the Grammy folks just gave him the award this year! While his efforts schooling the Grammys folks on the need for such an award is to be commended, it's a bit more questionable saying his latest cd was more worthy than that of the other artists nominated (and some of the great artists not even nominated). Yes I will admit that I have not heard his latest. And maybe expecting a smart decision from the Grammy folks (who once gave Jethro Tull the best heavy metal band award)is naive.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 01:17 (fifteen years ago) link
I'm way into zydeco right now. I admit, the 'hipster proof'ness of the genre is what drew me to it initially, but man, there is some rockin' shit to be discovered here. This was sorta my last stone unturned, genre wise, and I'm pretty excited about it right now. Anyone got any recommendations besides those listed above?
― If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 06:31 (fifteen years ago) link
do u guys prefer polkas or waltzes
― Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 06:56 (fifteen years ago) link
Waltzes are Cajun (and sometimes Creole), polkas are not. I prefer faster-tempoed zydeco to both, but if I had to choose I'd take waltzes.
I like all the zydeco acts that regularly come through the DC area--Curley Taylor, Andre Thiery, Geno Delafose...Plus, if you want to just listen to cds of old classic stuff you can also check out that Kingdom of Zydeco book. There's another book on Texas zydeco that I've been meaning to get.
I wish the more hiphop-inflected zydeco acts from Texas (Houston area mostly) would come my way-Step Rideaux and others. I'm spacing out on some of the names right now. Will list more of 'em later.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 11:28 (fifteen years ago) link
Actually Novamax listed 'em above. On the Cajun side of things, I've always liked Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys who add zydeco, melodic swamp pop, and minor-key balladry to their Cajun sound. They're touring the US in May (or at least coming to DC).
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 12:40 (fifteen years ago) link
Another great Houston act: Lady D and the Zydeco Tornadoes. Her albums just make me smile.
― novamax, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link
Aaron Foret Band
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 December 2019 23:08 (three years ago) link
Watching Lil Nate (son of Nathan Williams ) livestream right now from Lafayette on his youtube channel Little Nathan's tv
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:01 (three years ago) link
oh no sound just went out. Was gonna contribute to their cash app
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:03 (three years ago) link
lil' Nathan's tv
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:08 (three years ago) link
Saw Steve Riley do some Cajun shows on Facebook from his home . Also saw Jay and the Zydeco Backwood Boyz who mix zydeco w/ modern r’n’b
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 04:04 (three years ago) link
Great video on Afro-creole zydeco dancing in Houston
― curmudgeon, Friday, 7 August 2020 23:31 (two years ago) link
Been digging into the whole Louis Michot universe (mentioned upthread several places). The Lost Bayou Ramblers are a lot of fun. I also really like this, from earlier this year — https://soulcreole.bandcamp.com/album/trois-rangs-single-dub-mix. Ethereal cod-reggae zydeco? The dub version is pretty cool too.
And this document from Michot's residency at The Stone is quite a thing. Hard to describe. 45 minutes of improv Cajun drone and tin whistles (courtesy of Spider Stacy) with song bits mixed in: https://lesdouze.bandcamp.com/.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:51 (two years ago) link
Oops, meant to link directly to this one: https://lesdouze.bandcamp.com/album/the-stoned
Although the second disc is good too.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:12 (two years ago) link
Will check that out, thanks. Just saw this sad news about 4 Senior Cajun musicians dying of Covid, and other Creole and Cajun musicians struggling financially
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 November 2020 19:54 (two years ago) link
Cajun & zydeco Sunday afternoon radio show hosts fave albums of 2020
Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours. "Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours." Self-released. (Grammy nominee)
Daiquiri Queens. "Daiquiri Queens." Self-released. Features New Orleans’ own John Dowden on accordion and fiddle.
Feufollet: Prends Courage: A 20 Year Retrospective (Feufollet Records)
Lost Bayou Ramblers: On Va Continuer! (DVD & CD) (Worklight Records)
Michot's Melody Makers. "Cosmic Cajuns from Saturn." Nouveau Electric Records NER 1012, 2020.
Sweet Cecilia. "A Tribute to Al Berard." Self-released. (Grammy nominee
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2020 04:53 (two years ago) link
Part of the list from another WWOZ DJ:
Michot’s Melody Makers "Cosmic Cajuns from Saturn"Soul Creole (45) a.) Trois Rangs (Three Rings) b.) Trois Rangs dubL.E.S. Douze (2. Le String Noise) Recordings from Louis Michot’s residency at The Stone in NYC’s Lower East SideLost Bayou Ramblers "Asteur"Goldman Thibodeaux & The Lawtell Playboys "La Danse A St. Anns"Daiquiri Queens "Dauquiri Queens"Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band "Live from Mamou Volume 1") digital release onlyR. Scully "New Confusion"Static Static "The Future As Dark"Lakou Mizik "HaitiaNola"79’rs Gang "Expect the Unexpected
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2020 05:07 (two years ago) link
Good article by Joe Nick Patoski on South Texas Cajun and Creole culture https://texashighways.com/culture/people/cajun-culture-flourishes-texas-golden-triangle/?fbclid=IwAR3eQWO-Nyzf56EVZ0NM3f8MXpCMd_mhpAfqxv4YqUEzWqU6aZEZpSJs-EQ
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:10 (two years ago) link
How are Feufollet 20 years old? I remember seeing them as little kids. I still need to check out Sweet Cecelia.
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― xzanfar, Thursday, 31 December 2020 20:05 (two years ago) link
Lots of Houston zydeco acts are on Instagram
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 January 2021 01:52 (two years ago) link
I have to catch up on some of the above
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2021 16:28 (two years ago) link
Plus some from this Offbeat magazine list. I am not always into some of the stuff they like ( bar band blues-rock and lame corporate rock) but there’s often a few good choices
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 05:41 (two years ago) link
Great films about James Booker, Mardi Gras Indians, jazz parades, the Rebirth Brass Band ; plus rare showing of "Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey," a portrait of Lil' Band o' Gold on Tipitina's TV today Sat 2-13, Feb 14 & Mardi Gras
on their own page and their Youtube page
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 February 2021 16:36 (two years ago) link
Sat, Feb 13, 2021 Streaming Schedule (All times in Central Standard Time):10am / Bury The Hatchet11:27am / Donald Harrison11:30am / Bayou Maharajah (James Booker)1:08pm / Henry Butler (2001)1:30pm / American Patchwork: Jazz Parades (“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”)2:28pm / Tipitina’s TV Exclusive2:30pm / The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey3:47pm / Bruce Daigrepont (2004)4pm / Never A Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band5:30pm / Dr. John (2004)6pm / Bury The Hatchet7:27pm / Donald Harrison7:30pm / Bayou Maharajah (James Booker)9:08pm / Henry Butler (2001)9:30pm / American Patchwork: Jazz Parades (“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”)10:28pm / Tipitina’s TV Exclusive10:30pm / The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey11:47pm / Bruce Daigrepont (2004)12am / Never A Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band1:30am / Dr. John (2004)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwflNeY0HPM...
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 February 2021 16:52 (two years ago) link
This swamp doc on Lil Band of Gold showing now is awesome.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 February 2021 20:56 (two years ago) link
Cajun musician and author Ann Savoy's new book re history of Cajun music volume ii is out. I don't think I ever read volume 1, but have seen Savoy sing and read some of her writing and seen her in docs, so I am sure both volumes are worthy.
As it happened, the stay-at-home constraints of the pandemic kept Ann off the road last year and she was finally able to realize the vision herself.
Bluebird Press will publish Cajun Music A Reflection of a People Volume II on February 17. Like its predecessor, the new book is lushly illustrated with historic and recent photographs, transcriptions of thirty-five English and Cajun French interviews and biographies and more than 100 songs with French translations and phonetics and musical notation.
The book is not only a reference resource but also is, itself, a repository of cultural artifacts that document an idiosyncratic music and way of life focusing on such artists as Boozoo Chavis, Happy Fats, Harry Choates, Nathan Abshire, Octa Clark, Chester “Pee Wee” Broussard, Wilfred Latour, and many others from the entire spectrum of Cajun and Zydeco music. As an adjunct to the books, the Arhoolie Foundation’s website will host the Ann Savoy Collection, an aggregation of audio assets, almost 200 interviews that are part of the books, as well as interviews with Cajun, Creole and zydeco artists that were conducted over the past 60 years by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 March 2021 19:18 (two years ago) link
Ann Savoy and Louis Michot on Out To Lunch!
podcast.We had a fun time doing the show plus got a free lunch from French Press, one of my top favorite restaurants.
You can also hear the show any time and see photos from the show here: https://link.chtbl.com/Vj_kXlwb If this link takes you to our podcast platform, which it can if you’re on a mobile device, and you want to go to our website, the direct link is https://itsacadiana.com/show/out-to-lunch/
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 March 2021 19:23 (two years ago) link
Korey Broussard, young zydeco musician whose uncle had/has a band, is often doing Instagram lives
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 March 2021 19:24 (two years ago) link
RIP The great Louisiana swamp pop, Cajun, & rock and roll singer drummer Warren Storm at 84. On ballads could sound a bit like Roy Orbison. I saw him in New Orleans when he played with Lil Band of Gold. Was healthy and gigging on occasion there until August when he got sick and was hospitalized.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:15 (one year ago) link
Regrettably, I am announcing that Lagniappe Productions is suspending all operations immediately. As a result, the 24th Annual Rhythm & Roots Music, Dance and Food Festival scheduled for Labor Day weekend 2022 is cancelled.
I have not come to this decision lightly. After consulting with my doctors and my family, we’ve decided that I should step away from festival production for health issues that have taken their toll for the past 12 years. Most recently, a major medical event hospitalized me for two days during the last Rhythm & Roots festival. You can imagine the frustration and disappointment that I experienced missing the festival that I planned for two years. The consensus of all involved is that I must step away from festival production immediately....
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 February 2022 19:11 (one year ago) link
I wonder if someone else will pick up the slack and do a Northeast fest.
I am following on Instagram various zydeco acts and they’re back gigging In Louisiana and Texas ( especially in Houston area)
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 February 2022 15:17 (one year ago) link
**June 9 -12 Strawberry Park Blast From The Bayou@Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Rd., Preston, CT 06365Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie,Jesse Lege’ & Bayou Brew, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble,Pineleaf Boys, Jeffery Broussard & the Zydeco Cowboys,Lil’ Wayne & Same Ole Two Step,Rusty Meter & Zydeco KrushDennis Strouggmatt & Honky Tonk Dance BandPlus more bands, too many to listFFIC: http:www.strawberrypark.net860 886 1944 for Reservations
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 14:25 (one year ago) link
Swamp Pop Legend Tommy McLain has a new all-star backed record coming out in August, and also will be touring with Nick Lowe this summer.
I Ran Down Every Dream is the first album in over four decades by swamp pop legend Tommy McLain. Produced by his musical protege C.C. Adcock, I Ran Down Every Dream was recorded in Louisiana, Texas, California, and England, with a similarly disparate group of friends and fans, including Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe (both of whom contribute co-writes), plus Jon Cleary, Denny Freeman, Ed Harcourt, Roy Lowe, Augie Meyers, Ivan Neville, Van Dyke Parks, Mickey Raphael, Steve Riley, Speedy Sparks, Warren Storm and more.As an album, I Ran Down Every Dream is both a celebration and a requiem. It bookends a career that has seen Tommy scale the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, share the stage with the likes of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, The Yardbirds and ZZ Top, and become a global ambassador for the swamp pop sound - that singularly affecting combination of rhythm and blues, country and western, gospel, and traditional French Louisiana styles. The album also looks back, with more than a little heartache, in tribute to some of the fellow musical travelers that McLain has lost. Two tracks on the album were written by McLain’s dear friend and Louisiana music royalty Bobby Charles, and it also marks the final sessions for two legendary musicians who died in 2021; Texas guitar slinger Denny Freeman, and Tommy’s close collaborator Warren Storm. For McLain himself, the years-long road to I Ran Down Every Dream was beset by a heart attack, two hurricanes and a house fire. With every obstacle he overcame, McLain's resolve to complete I Ran Down Every Dream grew stronger.
As an album, I Ran Down Every Dream is both a celebration and a requiem. It bookends a career that has seen Tommy scale the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, share the stage with the likes of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, The Yardbirds and ZZ Top, and become a global ambassador for the swamp pop sound - that singularly affecting combination of rhythm and blues, country and western, gospel, and traditional French Louisiana styles. The album also looks back, with more than a little heartache, in tribute to some of the fellow musical travelers that McLain has lost. Two tracks on the album were written by McLain’s dear friend and Louisiana music royalty Bobby Charles, and it also marks the final sessions for two legendary musicians who died in 2021; Texas guitar slinger Denny Freeman, and Tommy’s close collaborator Warren Storm. For McLain himself, the years-long road to I Ran Down Every Dream was beset by a heart attack, two hurricanes and a house fire. With every obstacle he overcame, McLain's resolve to complete I Ran Down Every Dream grew stronger.
― Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 19:37 (one year ago) link
oooo, that sounds like it will be good. Swamp pop is good stuff
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 19:57 (one year ago) link
Friend and archivist Michael Klausman dug into the demos sent to cajun label Goldband Records, now housed at UNC-Chapel Hill. Most were unlabeled, and many were utter shit, but after listening to most of them, he whittled down a selection of 30 tracks for our listening pleasure. Some very weird and also very cool stuff here.
― broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 21:12 (nine months ago) link
Missed the above, and the we transfer of Goldband 30 tracks has expired
https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/20245/UNC has this link but I wonder if I can access the music that way
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 October 2022 23:31 (seven months ago) link
Saw Lafayette, Louisiana band the Revelers for free today in DC. Real nice set of swamp pop, Cajun waltzes, and fast-tempoed Cajun and zydeco songs. Plus a cover of "I got Loaded" that I know from Los Lobos but haven't looked up who wrote it
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 October 2022 23:33 (seven months ago) link
The original is by Lil' Bob & The Lollipops
It's a serious Gulf Coast Standard. Somebody's probably dancing to it in a bar/dancehall right now.
― an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 October 2022 00:02 (seven months ago) link
I guess this is as good a place as any to mention that writer John Nova Lomax (poster 'novamax' upthread) needs help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/john-nova-lomaxs-road-to-recovery
― an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 October 2022 00:12 (seven months ago) link
Thanks for both of those posts.
Nova Lomax has done some great writing about Houston area zydeco and old school r’n’b over the years.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 3 October 2022 16:38 (seven months ago) link
Tommy McLain was on JAMES CORDEN last night...
― an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 3 November 2022 22:14 (six months ago) link
oh nice. A good album.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 4 November 2022 04:49 (six months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Friday, 4 November 2022 04:51 (six months ago) link
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and Sean Ardoin are both nominated for Best Regional Roots Music Album n Grammys
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 14:52 (six months ago) link
Louis Michot from Lost Bayou Ramblers has a solo album in the works with some experimental aspects ( mixing in Alan Lomax items) and a series of shows in New Orleans with some collaborations. Looks cool to me
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2023 20:10 (four months ago) link
This site lists upcoming live zydeco and Cajun shows in DC, Md, Va , PA, NY & sometimes New England states
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 February 2023 14:47 (three months ago) link
Steve Riley is giving zoom Cajun accordion lessons. He and a band are also touring the northeast
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 18:10 (one month ago) link
From his Dad's Go-Fund Me for him: John Nova Lomax is in his last days with liver and kidney failure, an infection, bleeding ulcers and lesser issues, all of which came to a head today (Monday 5.8)
He wrote some great articles about Houston zydeco
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 May 2023 05:18 (two weeks ago) link
Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz died a few days ago as well. Been listening to some of Clifton Chenier's classic records from his label.
― birdistheword, Tuesday, 9 May 2023 05:24 (two weeks ago) link
I listened to some Clifton Chenier on YouTube as I couldn’t find his Black Snake Arhoolie album on Spotify, and I only own a few Arhoolie releases on vinyl.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 May 2023 14:20 (two weeks ago) link
FWIW, I always thought this was a solid "best of" that Strachwitz put together. This and Bayou Blues (from Specialty) make a pretty great intro to Chenier.
― birdistheword, Wednesday, 10 May 2023 19:34 (two weeks ago) link
Thanks. Will check those out. I am still interested in some current zydeco too-
I wish some of these 2023 Houston zydeco bands would come to the east coast. I haven't researched what they have available for purchase or stream yet.
Looking for a great time in Houston? The upcoming Houston Zydeco Fest will be fun! Dancing, Food and more! See You There! 💥 #Houstontx @Eventbrite #EmancipationPark @epconservancy pic.twitter.com/hGeVheyfWB— LaVerne St.Mary NMLS #113731 Equal Housing Lender (@MortgageLaVerne) April 28, 2023
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 May 2023 14:30 (two weeks ago) link
Lawrence "Black" Ardoin, patriarch of family of Creole and zydeco music has died. He played music & was son of Creole music legend Bois Sec Ardoin, & the father of musicians Sean Ardoin, Chris Ardoin and uncle to Ernest Ardoin and Gus Ardoin
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 14:44 (one week ago) link
Lawrence Black Ardoin died in December 2022.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 14:53 (one week ago) link
RIP writer John Nova Lomax at 53 who wrote about Houston , Texas culture including music like zydeco, hiphop and more
"Whether covering crime or culture, streets or songs, Lomax overturned all stones."
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 03:42 (six days ago) link