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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 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Bois Sec with Canray on Youtube.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2007 04:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink
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 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Kerry "Christensen," that is.
― dow, Sunday, 20 May 2007 19:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink
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 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Forgot she'd married Dirk Powell! Good to know they'll be back, apparently/hopefully.
― dow, Sunday, 20 May 2007 21:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink
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 (eleven years ago) Permalink
I wonder who won
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 04:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Still wondering. Maybe google will eventually help me find out.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2007 14:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink
LSU website that lists lots and lots of zydeco and Cajun bands, offers bios, and links
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 September 2007 20:14 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
My two sons were on stage with Buckwheat Zydeco last week.
Sorry, had to tell someone.
― Jazzbo, Sunday, 16 September 2007 12:49 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
Awesome song title
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 19:26 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
do u guys prefer polkas or waltzes
― Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 06:56 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
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 (ten years ago) Permalink
Another great Houston act: Lady D and the Zydeco Tornadoes. Her albums just make me smile.
― novamax, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:28 (ten years ago) Permalink
This looks great but a roadtrip is not in the cards for me this weekend
WXPN's Zydeco Crossroads Weekend in Philadelphia October 23 & 24
Featuring:Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco BandRosie LedetRuben MorenoCorey Ledet and His Zydeco BandWayne Singleton & Same Ol' 2 Step
and the premiere of Robert Mugge's filmZydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 02:33 (two years ago) Permalink
I think director Mugge has been influenced by Blank. I have seen and danced to Keith and Rosie, but not the others, although I have heard good things from them all.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:01 (two years ago) Permalink
Cajun band from Louisiana with former members of the Red Stick Ramblers
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 December 2015 22:24 (two years ago) Permalink
Watched a bunch of zydeco dancing YouTube videos yesterday. Looks fun
― i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Monday, 14 December 2015 21:06 (two years ago) Permalink
It is although some folks try a little too hard to be all fancy with too many spins and such. It takes a lot of practice too.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:48 (two years ago) Permalink
And some folks who get really good at couples zydeco dancing, sneer at those who are not so good. Or maybe that's just me being paranoid...
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:33 (two years ago) Permalink
Sad news. I always wanted to go there and now its closing
January 17, 2016
After 69 years, Slim's Y-Ki-Ki closing
Slim’s Y-Ki-Ki, a zydeco dancehall in Opelousas since 1947, has closed its doors. Owner Tony Gradney confirmed Sunday that the club is no longer in business and held its last event Dec. 29. The world-renowned dancehall will likely be appraised soon and put up for sale. As word of the club’s closure spread last week, Gradney has had at least six people inquire about buying it.
But Gradney, 58, said he’s had enough. Since they were teenagers, Tony and his sister, Cynthia, 67, have worked in the club, opened by their late father, Arnold “Slim” Gradney. Grammy winners, like Clifton Chenier, Rockin’ Sidney and Terrance Simien, cut their musical teeth at Slim’s. Clifton Chenier, the late King of Zydeco, are among the Grammy winners who have performed at Slim's Y-Ki-Kin in Opelousas.
Media outlets across the globe have visited the club. “Passion Fish,” a 1992, Oscar-nominated movie starring Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard, features a frenetic dance scene with John Delafose and the Eunice Playboys on stage at Slim’s. But Gradney said, in recent years, the atmosphere has changed. Ever-increasing expenses, along with young, often unruly crowds, caused him to close the doors. “It’s a lot of changes with the crowd that’s coming out now,” said Gradney, who works as a pipeline welder. “My sister is at the age where she couldn’t handle it anymore. We decided, after 43 years, it was time for a break.
“It’s a younger crowd and a lot of disrespect. They’ll take off their shirt and want to dance with no shirt. It’s not like it used to be with the older people. People would just come out and have a good time. You’re under four hours of nothing but stress now.” Gradney said band fees have only elevated the stress level. Top zydeco bands have charged him $3,500 or more for one performance. Gradney said there’s little money left to make a profit. “They don’t look at the overhead you have, the utilities and things like that. They tell me, ‘We’ll take the door (cover charge.) They’ll start off charging at $10, then $15 and $20. By midnight, they’ll have a packed house.
“They’ll put the money in their pockets and go home. Then you have all the stress of what the night crowd destroyed and what you have to fix. It got to where we weren’t hardly making any more money.” Gradney longs for the days when parents, often dressed in their Sunday best, brought the entire family to Slim’s. Besides the legendary musicians, he recalls numerous couples who married after meeting at the club. Gradney said he’ll miss the good times and cherish the old memories. But recent memories haven’t been pleasant.
“Things changed when the older crowd stopped coming out. Before you used to be able to kick back, enjoy it and let the night go on. “Now, you have to be on your Ps and Qs at all times. The things they do now are very disrespectful. "We said, 'Let’s close and have good remembrances.' My sister and I did 43 years of this for the public and we never had bad, bad stuff at the place. We need to go out with it like that. Back in the day, it was a nice place to come out and enjoy yourself.”
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 23:42 (two years ago) Permalink
So the late Houston, Texas music scholar Mack McCormick helped Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie find Lightnin Hopkins who introduced them to the live zydeco music of CJ Chenier, way back when. Of course.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink
I am really liking this Revelers album "Get Ready." It was Grammy nominated but lost. The Revelers are a rockin Cajun band who also do swamp pop, made up of members from the Pine Leaf Boys and the red Stick Ramblers. They have horns and an accordion. They are coming to the DC area March 11th and 12th
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 04:13 (two years ago) Permalink
Well, some of the album is not all that. The songs with the country-swing influence from the Red Stick Ramblers. Their swamp pop is good but not quite at the Lil Band of Gold level
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:58 (two years ago) Permalink
i enjoyed lil nathan & the zydeco big timers' 2015 record face 2 face, good mix of covers and originals. definitely in the modern digital zydeco style that i know some find offputting.
― adam, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink
argh sorry for embed
it occurs to me i've never hyped my former coworker jim's excellent WWOZ show on this thread--sundays at 1pm central check it out. dude is extremely knowledgeable about cajun and southwestern LA music.
― adam, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 15:00 (two years ago) Permalink
Thanks for both. The modern digital zydeco types never come up North.
Revelers md gig last night emphasized Cajun waltzes, ballads and swamp pop ballads. Nice but I coulda used more of their rockin tunes
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 March 2016 18:23 (two years ago) Permalink
Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters are making their first trip up north. Thursday show in College Park, D. Cedryl's got a great contemporary r'n'b voice that he mixes with more traditional zydeco playing . A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cedryl (pronounced “see-DRELL”) Ballou began playing music at the tender age of five, making his professional debut as a drummer with his grandfather, legendary guitar pioneer Classie Ballou, at the age of 11. His future as a frontman was inevitable—both Cedryl’s father, Cedric Ballou, and step-grandfather, “Rockin’ Sidney” Simien, were successful touring musicians, and Cedryl grew up steeped in Creole music and culture.
“Being raised in a family of musicians gave me the chance to learn the ropes,” says Ballou, “but also the freedom to try new things. This music is all about people—people change, and the music changes with us. ”
A young but seasoned zydeco musician and singer, Ballou shifts easily from drums to accordion and vocals, fronting the Zydeco Trendsetters and touring extensively with regional Zydeco artists, including Andre Thierry, Corey Ledet, Rosie Ledet, Step Rideau and Soul Creole.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 March 2016 18:26 (two years ago) Permalink
That's near me. Where exactly in cp?
― Heez, Sunday, 13 March 2016 22:16 (two years ago) Permalink
Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters at College Park American Legion at 8 pm, 9218 Baltimore Ave (Route 1), College Park, MD
DC, Maryland, Philly, and New York zydeco and Cajun gigs are often listed here:
― curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2016 13:42 (two years ago) Permalink
In the DC area there is a group of oh 50 to 75 people who are real into zydeco and Cajun couples dancing. But no need to feel intimidated by them if one is not able to or doesn't want to dance like that. Standing and head-noddin is ok.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2016 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink
Some dances have lessons beforehand
― curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2016 13:45 (two years ago) Permalink
Oh I'm gonna dance!
― Heez, Monday, 14 March 2016 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink
Report back here. Not sure if I am gonna make it there.
At the Revelers gig, one of the promoters was telling me that Geno Delafose, who used to tour a fair but, just stays home now as he can make decent money and still sleep in his own bed. Also, the same with Houston-based and Louisiana based zydeco bands that add autotune and synth funkiness.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:20 (two years ago) Permalink
I need to research online and see if I can find recorded material by Houston combos and Louisiana folks who don't tour
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:11 (two years ago) Permalink
David Egan, one of the bright lights in South Louisiana’s musical firmament, has died. The singer-songwriter, whose tunes were covered (and on Grammy-nominated and -winning records) by Irma Thomas, Joe Cocker, Solomon Burke, Etta James and many others, succumbed to cancer after a two-year battle. He died at home surrounded by family.
Egan was a member of several trailblazing Louisiana bands including A-Train, Filé and Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 18 March 2016 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink
May 31 to June 5
The series will begin on Tuesday, May 31 with an early set from his family band–Les Freres Michot–which feature his father Tommy Michot on accordion and his brother Andre Michot on guitar. It will be followed by a standard set from the Lost Bayou Ramblers.
Michot will lead a number of other off-kilter performances throughout the week, including sets from the Lost Bayou Ramblers Unplugged, Spider and the Cajuns (playing The Pogues with Spider Stacy of The Pogues), Michot’s Meldoy Melody Makers, The Mello Joy Boys (cajun swing), Le String Noise (violins ‘n’ fiddle) and a rendition of the Beasts of the Southern Wild score with members of the Wordless Music Orchestra. Some of these acts will be performing for the first, and possibly the last, time.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:29 (two years ago) Permalink
Louisiana Cajun musician (and professor) coming to the US East coast for some gigs in September
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 August 2016 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink
Not zydeco or Cajun, but from Louisiana.
Legendary blues piano player Henry Gray is a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hard hit by the flooding. Henry’s home is underwater and earlier today Henry stated “I lost everything.”
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 August 2016 16:52 (one year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 August 2016 13:25 (one year ago) Permalink
A portion of the article--
Friends of Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, have established a GoFundMe account to raise money for the Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician. Dural, who has been seriously ill with lung cancer, is dealing with high medical bills and other expenses.Dural’s illness has caused him to miss numerous gigs in the past year.According to spokesperson Dustin Cravins, Dural’s struggles increased last weekend when his Carencro home took on some water during the historic flood that struck south Louisiana. Bernite Dural, his wife of 40 years, suffered a fall during the cleanup.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:42 (one year ago) Permalink
Lost Bayou Ramblers instagram says they are releasing an old show of theirs on bandcamp as a Louisiana flooding fundraiser. They are also doing multiple benefit events down there Friday night Aug. 26th
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 17:16 (one year ago) Permalink
Yvette Landry often sounds more country than Cajun, though she has played with Cajun bands
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 August 2016 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink
accordionist, bandleader, keyboard player too...
RIP, dead at 68 from lung cancer
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 September 2016 13:07 (one year ago) Permalink
*Sat. Oct. 22-Cajun and Zydeco Music Festival at Glen Echo w/ Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco TrendSetters; Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys; T'Monde; Squeeze Bayou Cajun Band; and Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble 2pm to 12mdt.
I want to see Ballou (who's also playing tonight) but am gonna have to miss both gigs
― curmudgeon, Friday, 21 October 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink
From Big Daddy Nice's southern soul r'n'b blog/website
Finally, Zydeco continued to influence and infiltrate southern soul, with none other than traditionalist Ecko Records' John Ward picking up tricks from newbies like Baton Rouge producer Beat Flippa (last year's winner) and giving strong proof for producer of the year. Ward incorporated the cajun-style button accordion into percolating fast jams by Jaye Hammer, ("Trail Ride") and O.B. Buchana ("Why Can't I Be Your Lover"). And on the other side, zydeco's Chris Ardoin (following in Keith Frank's footsteps) moved ever closer to a zydeco-southern soul hybrid with the rhapsodic "Boo Thang."
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink
Southern soul singer Ms. Jody on Ecko has a zydeco mentioning and influenced song too
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 19:06 (one year ago) Permalink
Travel article piece with a kinda generic zydeco overview plus a focus on The Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, and Buck & Johnny’s in Breaux Bridge. Some good info
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink
Southern soul act Mr. Sam does "Zydeco Sum Mo"
― curmudgeon, Friday, 31 March 2017 02:56 (one year ago) Permalink
In her book, “Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People,” author Ann Savoy wrote “Belton Richard is the most widely imitated singer and musician in southwest Louisiana today. Not only has his vocal style set the new standard for Cajun singers, but his songs are played at every dance. Belton Richard’s poetry looks at life with a tough romanticism that appeals to the earthy Cajuns.”
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 July 2017 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink
The 85-year old Cajun Hank Williams, D.L. Menard has passed. He was enjoyable when I saw him live.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:36 (one year ago) Permalink
Houston-born zydeco musician Cory Ledet and band are ok according to twitter (re the flood), but stuck in a Houston subdivision
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 August 2017 19:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink
John Nova Lomax article from January 2017
Houston experiences the same sweltering and sticky climate that afflicts New Orleans and Lafayette. Our Bayou City braces for the same natural disasters—hurricanes and floods—as the Bayou State (Houstonians barely know the tornados that afflict northern and western Texas or the ice storms that paralyze Dallas). Like South Louisiana, the Houston area has seen large-scale sugar and rice production. The I-10 corridor is lined with oil refineries from east Houston all the way to Lake Charles. You can still hear Cajun and Creole music regularly on the radio on noncommercial stations like KPFT and Majic 102, a commercial R&B station.
I could go on, but here is the kicker to my bold declaration. I invite you to drive past the Spanish moss-draped live oaks and swampy prairie landscapes west of Houston on Interstate 10. I promise, it won’t feel as though you’ve entered “real Texas” until you hit the Peach Ridge Road exit out by Brookshire, where the ground finally starts to get a little roll to it. That, and not the Sabine River, is where you are finally truly leaving Louisiana.
According to the “best guesstimate” of Jim Gossen, chairman of Houston-based Sysco Louisiana Seafood, Houstonians now annually consume more crawfish than the entire state of Louisiana.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Marcus Ardoin & the Zydeco Legendz
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:59 (ten months ago) Permalink
Lost Bayou Ramblers , Cajun band, won the best regional traditional music Grammy for their Kalenda album beating out Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and Northern Cree (a Canadian native/aboriginal North American group) .
Meanwhile Houston has a big zydeco fest April 7th 2018
LIL NATE & THE ZYDECO BIG TYMERS
BRIAN JACK & THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS
KEYUN & THE ZYDECO MASTERS
RUBEN MORENO & ZYDECO RE-EVOLUTION
LIL JABB & THE ZYDECO SOLDIERS
OFFICIAL DJ: DJ JACK FROST
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 January 2018 19:52 (six months ago) Permalink
A new project by Jean Bertrand (of the Pine Leaf Boys)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 02:21 (three months ago) Permalink
Anthony Bourdain episode last night recorded at Mardi Gras time in southwestern Louisiana was worth watching. Marc & Anne Savoy & family, Lost Bayou Ramblers, zydeco writer Herman Fuselier, Sid Williams, drunk guys in costumes, talented women costume makers, good food, and Bourdain talking with them all.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 18 June 2018 13:46 (one month ago) Permalink
i stumbled on the louisiana cajun-zydeco festival in armstrong park in new orleans this past week and caught the first 2 sets (and the final set) on the second day. there were indeed a lot of old people there but 1) they did not appear to be tourists 2) they were dancing with more enthusiasm and genuine mirth than i have seen in years 3) they were for the most part good dancers. there was one (not OLD old but not young) couple in particular whose chemistry was mesmerizing -- they were beautiful to watch.
also i saw a guy there wearing a RLYR tshirt (Chicago band featuring former members of Pelican & idk what other bands, def not a well known band)
<3 <3 <3 zydeco music & people
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:12 (one month ago) Permalink
was kind of bummed to miss the cajun portion of the lineup but i enjoyed it regardless
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink
In the Washington DC area zydeco caught on with a sizable group of white roots music fans who became fanatics of the style and pretty good at dancing to the genre couples style. Alas, no subsequent generation similarly caught on. In zydeco's southwest Louisiana home, Afro-creole parents teach their kids how to dance to it, and I think it is also taught now in schools (or at least I have seen video of white Cajun kids learning Cajun dance in class like settings).
Wow, that was a great lineup!
2018 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL MUSIC SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 23: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bruce Daigrepont 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sean Ardoin 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Les Freres Michot 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers
Sunday, June 24: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Li'l Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Chris Ardoin & NuStep 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:13 (one month ago) Permalink
Oops, I meant to say that zydeco caught on in DC in the 1980s
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink
Watching stylish and adept dancing couples at zydeco (and Latino styles and old-school r'n'b) captivates me and makes me jealous. Despite a handful of lessons, I would need to take many more and practice multiple nights a week I think to get that good.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:18 (one month ago) Permalink
I think it was Chris Ardoin & his band who covered Ginuwine's "Pony" -- that number yielded some *fire emoji* dancingthis was the first time i have experienced actual zydeco music played live in an appropriate context. super duper enjoyable and def not just for old people.
i was too hot and had no partner but i could follow and was dancing by myself in the shade :)
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink