With Carnivale coming to a close and New Orleans’s biggest parade day happening tomorrow, Nick Spitzer highlights Mardi Gras traditions “in the Crescent City and beyond” on the latest episode of American Routes. Read more.
Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy our playlist of zydeco flavored tunes for Fat Tuesday by Queen Ida, Clifton Chenier, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. (pictured above), Beau Jocque, and Terrance Simien.
After recording the first hit song for zydeco in 1954 with “Paper In My Shoe,” Boozoo Chavis left his musical career in favor of horse training. That is, until the eighties when he picked up his accordion again. American Routes’ Nick Spitzer met Chavis in 1989 at the Zydeco Festival in Plaisance, LA and recorded the following interview. Read more.
Chubby Carrier talks about the difference between Cajun and Zydeco music, its origins and how he interprets the tradition of the music he grew up with. It’s “music of the people, music to make you happy.”
We complete the Zydeco Crossroads Holiday Mixtape with this third installment. Check out festive songs from both cajun and creole musicians, like LeeRon Zydeco covering a Christmas classic and La Compagnie Creole singing a beautiful holiday wish. Listen back to parts one and two here and put some southern comfort into your holiday this year! Read more