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Writer, musician, and folkorist Ben Sandmel writes about the vibrant evolution of Zydeco music. Read more here.

Musicians, friends and fans are remembering legendary zydeco and R&B drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne, who died Aug. 16 at his home in Lafayette, La. He was 81. Read more

Keith Frank, Corey Ledet, Rosie Ledet, Boozoo Chavis and more featured in a new episode of the Zydeco Crossroads radio hour hosted by Herman Fuselier. Listen here.

You’re not going to want to miss this! Get your tickets now for the Zydeco Crossroads grand finale weekend at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Go here for tickets and more information.

The 54th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival begins this Thursday, August 13th with a weekend full of national and local acts. On Sunday August 16th, WXPN and Zydeco Crossroads will present Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at the Schwenksville, PA event. Discounted tickets for Sunday can be purchased by entering the code “allonsdanser” at check-out on the festival website. Read more

Zydeco can be heard across the U.S. and worldwide today, thanks to extensive touring by artists like the indefatigable Buckwheat Zydeco. But here are the best places to hear zydeco. Read more

We’ve captured some pretty incredible videos during the last year of Zydeco Crossroads, from Rockin’ Dopsie Jr at El Sido’s to Creole United’s “Happy,” and now you can watch a selection of our favorites over on VuHaus. The new collaborative public radio video website has a great collection of live performances, including a few clips from the recent XPoNential Music Festival. Check out the original “Happy” video below and watch the VuHaus videos here. Read more

Willis Prudhomme was born in 1931 in Kinder, LA, one of twelve children. A farmer, Prudhomme played harmonica while riding his tractor in the fields. Read more

The Lost Bayou Ramblers showed everyone a great Louisiana time at the XPoNential Music Festival last Friday evening. Read a review of the set by Nick Tate via WXPN’s local music blog The Key below, check out the photo gallery and listen back to the audio archive. Read more

Credit: Buckwheat Zydeco at Freedom Over Texas on July 4th, 2015 | photo by Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle While performing in Texas on the 4th of July, Buckwheat Zydeco was interviewed by an aspiring journalist named Juliette. He gives a detailed history of his entre into zydeco and shares his favorite things about America and the […] Read more