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April 2015

Richard’s Club and Boozoo Chavis: The Golden Age of Zydeco

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Historians can look back to several junctures of time and place in American music when it was clear that something significant was happening. For Southern blues, it might have been Beale Street in Memphis in the early 1950s, when B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland pioneered a modern blues sound that continues to resonate today. For bebop, it might have been 52nd Street in New York City in the 1940s, when Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk deconstructed jazz. For zydeco, I would argue that it was Southwest Louisiana in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Boozoo Chavis came roaring back onto the scene at Richard’s Club in Lawtell. Read more.

Soul Creole releases new songs on Delta: Indigo

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Soul Creole has released part one of its three-part record Delta. The Indigo installment features four original songs by the band, which you can stream and download via Bandcamp. Read more

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Listen to new music by Andre Thierry, a six song collection of zydeco flavored blues called Bouncin' With The Blues. Read more here.

Beau Jocque: The Funkiest Band in the Land

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When I first heard Beau Jocque in 1992 at the Quarterback Lounge in a rundown neighborhood of Lafayette, Louisiana, I felt as if I had been transported to a primeval moment in which all the music I loved—funk, blues, R&B and zydeco— had coalesced into a single, relentless groove. I was also a little bit scared. Read more

Despite strong start, Ledet gives career a ‘reboot’

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Corey Ledet has every reason to be proud of his music career. Twelve years ago, Ledet left his native Houston for south Louisiana, with an accordion and no idea of what would happen next. Read more

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Last February, Amy Nicole left Opelousas, La. on cloud nine. She was headed to Boston, Richmond and other cities on the first East Coast tour of her two-year music career. Read more

Nicole had no idea four snowstorms and record cold temperatures were waiting. Three-hour trips between gigs turned into eight-hour nightmares.

Artist Spotlight: Fernest Arceneaux

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Born to a family of sharecroppers in Carencro, Louisiana in 1940, the late Fernest Arceneaux learned accordion early. He later dropped it and took up the guitar, playing rhythm & blues. Legend says that Clifton Chenier himself persuaded Arceneaux to go back to the accordion. He played mostly triple-row accordion, smaller than the piano key type. Read more

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In this backstage interview with Curley Taylor, the Zydeco Trouble band leader gives us a glimpse into his own zydeco experience. Read more

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A 1989 documentary called J'ai été au Bal (I Went to the Dance) explores the histories and dynamics of Cajuns and Creoles in Louisiana. Read more

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In October of last year, Zydeco Crossroads toured Martin Accordions in Scott, Louisiana. The family-owned business has been manufacturing and repairing accordions for thirty years, led by "Junior" Martin, his son Anthony and daughter Penny. Read more