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My Music: Nathan Williams, Jr. of Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers

“As a kid, it was very inspirational to be part of [my dad’s group Nathan &] the Zydeco Cha Chas. I was basically a sponge absorbing everything I saw. I […]

Five Questions with Nathan Williams of Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Now in their thirty-third year, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas are a topflight zydeco band with a signature style that’s closer to Buckwheat Zydeco and founding father Clifton Chenier […]

Chas Justus & the Jury, Chas Justus & the Jury (Black Pot Records)

In the Spirit of Bob Wills   When the reign of the western swing-centric Red Stick Ramblers ended and the next-gen band the Revelers launched with a completely different format, […]

Horace Trahan, Until the End (Independent)

Until the End marks the final chapter of Horace Trahan’s conceptual trilogy that began with 2010’s Keep Walking and continued with 2012’s All the Way. The title track cleverly concatenates […]

Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band, Return of the King (Soulwood Records)

After two consecutive live albums, Keith Frank delivers his first studio release in six years, a dense 20-track, 76-minute affair that’s his most provocative yet. While there are the familiar […]

Fest Focus: Kyle Huval

FRIDAY, APRIL 27—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 11:15 A.M.   The future of Cajun music always looks bright, with the scads of young musicians constantly entering its ranks, but 27-year-old Kyle Huval […]

A Cajun icon: Walter Mouton returns to Jazz Fest

The 2016 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles (FAeC) proved fruitful for Walter Mouton. Festival organizers released his first ever full-length album, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys: Live at Festivals Acadiens […]

Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs, “Boue, Boucane, et Bouteilles” (Valcour Records)

To put it bluntly, Jourdan Thibodeaux is a bit of an anomaly. He’d rather tell you about how he’s not a numbers type of musician than glorify his abilities. Yet […]

Ghalia & Mama’s Boys, “Let the Demons Out” (Ruf Records)

Like so many aspiring European roots musicians, Ghalia Vauthier got hooked on American blues and rock ’n’ roll as a teenager, in her native Belgium. Since many a song referenced […]

Balfa Week: A guaranteed cultural immersion

Hey, you aspiring Cajun fiddlers and budding zydeco accordionists, don’t count on this year’s Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week mirroring what it looked like last year. Under the […]