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REWIND: Buckwheat Zydeco, On a Night Like This (Island Records)

Buckwheat Zydeco’s longtime manager and producer Ted Fox reflects on launching zydeco’s first major label release.   “I was a senior editor [at Audio magazine] and I started getting into […]

Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Face 2 Face – Nate the Great (Cha Cha Records)

Though the title of Lil’ Nathan Williams’ 9th CD could be interpreted as chest-thumping braggadocio, it’s really more about self-understanding before portraying yourself to others. Many of his dubbed “hype” […]

Gregg Martinez, Soul of the Bayou (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

With his third disc since his return home to Southwest Louisiana, soulster Gregg Martinez has quietly established that he belongs with the best crooners in the state. He’s an egoless […]

La Récolte, Le Deuxième (Lost 45s Production)

With ‘la récolte’ meaning ‘the harvest’ and le deuxième being ‘the second time,’ the band’s name and CD title tie together perfectly. La Récolte’s second harvest is much more abundant […]

Fred Charlie, Parti M’Amuser (Acadiana Records)

Though not as recognized by some, Fred Charlie has contributed to Cajun culture over the years through his songwriting, recording studio, radio shows and Cajun French language instructional CDs. The […]

T’Monde, Yesterday’s Gone (Valcour Records)

Though trios have long been part of the Cajun musical landscape, don’t count on this threesome to be staunch traditionalists. T’Monde is Kelli Jones-Savoy (fiddle), Megan Brown (acoustic guitar), and […]

Doghill Stompers, We On the Rise (Independent)

The long-awaited debut from Lake Charles’ Doghill Stompers, a zydeco collective consisting of the grandsons of late Boozoo Chavis, probably won’t win any graphic arts awards with its hard-to-read title […]

The Pentones, Don’t Leave Nothin’ Behind (A Major Record La&bel)

It’d be easy to assume that this is solely a power trio, guitar-dominated affair based on the amped-up, fuzzed-out opening track “Delta Blues.” Yet the charm of the Pentones’ first […]

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Zydeco Stuff (Swampadelic Records)

Why fix it if it ain’t broke? That’s been Chubby Carrier’s credo of late when it comes to making records. Just as he did on 2013’s Back to My Roots, […]

Sneaky Pete & The Fens, Live in Pompeii (Cadiz & Cadizn’t)

There’s nary a reference to Katrina, hurricane or the flood on these 14 tracks, but on Live in Pompeii, The Fens’ Sneaky Pete Orr unloads barrage after barrage at post-Katrina […]