Last weekend Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble kicked off the Philadelphia launch of Zydeco Crossroads with a live concert and dance party at the Kimmel Center. Curley did an interview with Stephanie Renée, host of the radio show The Mojo and the The Recharge on 900AM-WURD. Listen to the interview here.
Listen to Zydeco Crossroads’ Holiday Mixtape
Forget boughs of holly; take a cue from C.J. Chenier and “deck the halls with cayenne pepper” and this playlist of zydeco and other Louisiana holiday tunes. In this first installment of Zydeco Crossroads’ Holiday Mixtape you’ll find seasonal songs by Cupid, Aaron Neville, Kermit Ruffins and more. Listen below and check back next week for more. Read more
Revisit Sense of Place: Lafayette with a vintage Bobby Charles session on World Cafe
To round out their Sense of Place: Lafayette special, World Cafe dug into the archives and pulled out an interview with Louisiana musician Bobby Charles. Growing up twenty miles south of Lafayette in Abbeville, LA, Charles grew up surrounded by early forms of Cajun music that he would go on to modernize. Read more.
Listen to the second episode of the Zydeco Crossroads Radio Hour hosted by Herman Fuselier
Revisit Sense of Place: Lafayette with Michael Doucet on World Cafe
Michael Doucet (of Beausoleil) sat down with World Cafe’s David Dye for an interview during Sense of Place: Lafayette. The Louisiana musician and university professor covered a multitude of topics during the session, including the history of Creole and Cajun cultures in Southwest Louisiana. Read more.
Download a rocking live World Cafe version of “Native Stepson” by Sonny Landreth
KRVS’ Diego Martin Perez talks accordion music on a special Latin Roots for World Cafe
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.
Meet Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters
Sean Ardoin on the history of Zydeco and why it demands your attention
Sean Ardoin took some time to talk with XPN’s Bob Bumbera while the World Cafe team was in Lafayette a few weeks ago. The Creole United and Zydekool musician talked about the essence of zydeco and explained why the music demands your attention. Read more.
Michael Tisserand on the difference between Zydeco and Cajun music in roots and purpose
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.