The Lost Bayou Ramblers might look like they’d be one of the newer groups World Cafe met with while exploring Lafayette, LA for its Sense of Place special, but the cajun band was actually formed fifteen years ago by brothers Louis and Andre Michot. The Grammy-nominated Louisiana / Texas group released Mammoth Waltz in 2012, blending cajun music with punk energy and psychedelic creativity. Listen to their full interview. Read more.
Latin Roots is World Cafe‘s periodic in-depth look at the traditional music of Latin countries and their place in contemporary genres. On this special edition, KRVS’s Diego Martin Perez, host of La Vellonera on the Lafayette radio station, discusses the cross-section of cajun, zydeco and Latin music revolving around the accordion. Read more.
Cedryl Ballou, from the band Soul Creole, steps out on his new solo album, Country Road, featuring Soul Creole members Corey Ledet and Chad Fouquie. Read more here
Major Handy is a true “musician’s musician” in the world of zydeco. A 2010 article in Living Blues magazine spotlighted the Lafayette / St. Martinville, Louisiana native and the many contributions he’s made to music during his 40 year career, detailing the time Otis Redding asked a 15 year old Major to play in his band and the 12 years he spent with Rockin’ Dopsie. He also performed his song “Down On the Bayou” for WXPN late last month. Read more.
David Dye, host of World Cafe describes his visit to El Sido’s in Lafayette, Louisians and his walk through the neighborhood with the “mayor” of Sidsville, Sid Williams. Read more here.
On a recent trip to Layfayette, Louisiana, we had a chance to talk with Michael Tisserand, the New Orleans based writer and author of an essential book about Zydeco, The Kingdom of Zydeco, during which he discussed the difference between zydeco and cajun music in both roots and purpose. Read more.
WXPN’s World Cafe with host David Dye recently took a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana for the show’s Sense of Place series, exploring many things Creole and Cajun. Dye talked with Herman Fusilier, host of Zydeco Stomp on KRVS Radio Acadie, and one of Zydeco Crossroads’ contributors, about the history and future of Zydeco. Dye called Herman “the hardest working man in Zydeco, who is not a musician.” Learn more about Fuselier and hear his thoughts on a music scene he is an expert on here.